In the past months, the current administration has instituted various policies that have made it more difficult for individuals to seek asylum in the United States. For example, the Remain-in-Mexico Policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, where asylum seekers must wait for their day in immigration court in Mexico. As a result of policies like this, many others are affected by the way that the resources are being spread out among the different immigration agencies.
More recently, there have been reports that some immigration judges will be moved to attend the hearings of the immigrants waiting for their Immigration Court hearings under the Remain in Mexico policy. If Judges are moved around, then it is likely that individuals already awaiting a court hearing may get reschedule notices as some judges may not be available.
Here are 5 tips you should follow that will allow you to be prepared for your upcoming court case in general:
- Always make sure you are in contact with your immigration attorney to ensure that you do not miss a court date. Another way to find out when your next hearing is scheduled is by calling the free immigration hotline number: 1-800-898-7180.
- If your case has been pending for a long time, consult with your attorney or get a second opinion to see if you are eligible for any other form of immigration relief.
- Always make sure that your work permit and driver’s license are valid, if you are eligible to receive this benefit. If your case is pending and you have an expired work permit or a permit that is about to expire, consult with an experienced attorney to see when and if you are eligible for a renewal.
- Don’t get alarmed when you see new policies being implemented or proposed in the news. Remember, not everything applies to every person trying to obtain legal status in the United States. If you are unsure if a policy is applicable to you, consult with an experienced immigration attorney to get your questions answered.
- The trend we have seen in immigration court now is that if your case has been filed in the last year, then it is likely that you will have a final court hearing within months of your first hearing, or master calendar hearing. Thus, it is imperative that you are prepared to provide all the evidence necessary to fully present your case before an immigration judge. Don’t wait until the last minute to make your declarations, get translations, and other evidence that will support your asylum claim. If you are currently in removal proceedings and do not have an immigration attorney assisting you with your case, contact our firm for a consult to see how we can assist you.
At the Powers Law Group, we have a team of experienced attorneys that are constantly monitoring and analyzing policies and programs within the immigration realm to see how they will affect our clients. Contact our office if you have any questions regarding your case at (713) 589-2085.