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Notice to Appear

What is a Notice to Appear?

A Notice to Appear (NTA) is a legal document issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to initiate removal proceedings against a foreign national who is believed to be in violation of immigration laws. It serves as a formal notification to the individual that they are required to appear before an immigration judge to defend their right to remain in the United States.

When an individual receives an NTA, it typically means that the DHS has determined grounds for removal or deportation. The NTA contains information such as the reason for the proceedings, the specific immigration violations alleged, the date and time of the initial hearing, and the location of the immigration court.

What information does the NTA outline?

The NTA typically contains information regarding the proceedings and allegations for removal. It includes specific details about the alleged immigration violations or grounds for removal that the DHS has identified. The NTA will generally outline the following information:

  1. Personal Information: It includes the individual’s full name, date of birth, and current address.
  2. Charges: It states the specific sections of the immigration law under which the individual is alleged to be in violation.
  3. Nature of Proceedings: It indicates that removal proceedings have been initiated against the individual, and they are required to appear before an immigration judge.
  4. Immigration Court Information: It provides the initial hearing’s date, time, and location before an immigration judge.
  5. Allegations and the Basis for Removal: It outlines the specific allegations and basis for the government’s claim that the individual should be removed from the United States. It may include details such as unlawful entry, visa violations, criminal convictions, or other immigration-related violations.
  6. Consequences of Failure to Appear: It also states the potential consequences if the individual fails to appear at the scheduled immigration court hearings.

If you or your loved one is served with an NTA, it is important to take the Notice very seriously. If you do not appear at the hearing which is scheduled and indicated on the NTA, an Order of Removal (deportation) can be entered against you without having the opportunity to present a defense or apply for relief that may enable you to reside legally in the United States.

It is important to consult with an immigration attorney to navigate the legal options, develop a defense strategy, and ensure proper representation throughout the removal proceedings if you or someone you know receives an NTA. The attorneys at Tanner Law Offices, LLC. are experienced in representing clients facing removal proceedings and helping them with any other immigration-related matters. Please contact our office at 717-836-0471 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.