What Happens at an Immigration Court Hearing?

A master hearing is a new beginning in a noncitizen’s attempt to “get legal” in the U.S. This lightning fast meeting with an immigration judge is the first of two types of hearings (the other is known as an individual hearing). From sitting down in front of the immigration judge to walking out of the immigration court chamber, the noncitizen may spend fewer than 20 minutes. Blandon Law attorneys appear online. Clients get our professional help without paying for travel time and parking expenses.

An Attorney is Required for Immigration Court Hearings

At the hearing, immigration judges ask for the name and address of the noncitizen. Then, importantly, the immigration judge will tell the noncitizen to hire an attorney if they do not have one. Decades later, clients remember that hiring the right attorney was one of the best decisions of their lives, a personal milestone worth the investment.

I thought of retiring from immigration several years ago, but continued because immigration court is ruthlessly difficult; clients need professional help if they want a fighting chance to stay in the United States. After all, at the other table in the immigration court will be the experienced and well-trained attorney working for Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE, perfect acronym].  ICE attorneys are not paid to pity the family, or even the unaccompanied child, trying to become legal.

You Can Hire an Immigration Attorney from ANY State

Your immigration lawyer can be from Florida even if your court hearing is in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, or Texas. In fact, Blandon Law attorneys, representing clients all over the world, regularly appear for internet based hearings.

Because immigration law is federal law, and internet hearings are allowed in almost all immigration courtrooms, hire an attorney you respect and can work with. Hire an attorney who is an immigration expert and has over 20 years of experience. Hire an attorney who went to one of the best law schools in the country. We wish you the best in your new beginnings.

More About Internet-based Hearings

By tradition, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) only used a closed video teleconferencing system when a participant appears by video.  With the arrival of internet-based video teleconferencing, the EOIR is currently allowing participants to appear through the platform Webex by Cisco or other similar platforms. An immigration attorney and their client can attend internet-based hearings without being in the same location.

EOIR anticipates that hearings using Webex will remain important to EOIR’s operations in the future

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) now allows hearing participants to appear through Webex, an online video teleconferencing platform run by Cisco. For internet-based hearings, practitioners and respondents do not need to be physically present in the same location.

Disclaimer – These entries are based on real life events. Family member names, when used, are real. Client names are changed for privacy.

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