The first court hearing in a deportation case is called the Master Calendar Hearing. A Master Calendar Hearing is a short, preliminary hearing that represents the start of efforts to remove a person from the United States.
You will meet with an immigration judge and the government attorney to figure out how your case will proceed. You must be prepared to either concede or deny the charges of removability listed in your Notice to Appear. Once you concede or deny charges of removability, you will have the opportunity to file applications for relief or explain to the court why you should be allowed to remain in the United States under immigration law.
After the Master Calendar Hearing, you will have more time to prepare or complete applications for immigration relief. This time will be critical so you can gather evidence to support your case or pursue other avenues of legal status.
Learn about the next step: Preparing Your Case.