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Tips for preparing for an immigration hearing

You have an immigration hearing coming up, and you feel nervous and stressed. This hearing will determine whether you must face deportation or can stay in the United States. Your conduct at your hearing can play a major role in the court’s decision.

Because it is such an important meeting, you should take every step that you can to prepare for it. Here, we have compiled some tips that you can use as you get ready for your immigration hearing.

How to prepare for your hearing

Every court hearing is slightly different, as every immigrant has different life circumstances. But no matter your situation, these are a few things that you can do before your immigration hearing:

  • Dress appropriately

When you go to immigration court, you should wear clean, business-casual clothing. This could include trousers, a pressed shirt, a blazer or a skirt. Looking stylish or attractive is not the most important thing; looking professional is.

  • Get a feel for the court

The process will seem less intimidating if you familiarize yourself with the surroundings. You can look up the courthouse online to learn what it looks like, where to park and where to enter. This can make the setting seem less daunting when you arrive.

  • Talk to others

Do you know any friends, family or neighbors who have had a hearing? Talk to them about what it was like. Ask them for any advice that they can offer.

  • Consider your legal options

You do not have to go through an immigration hearing alone. Everyone has the right to legal representation. Your counsel can guide you through the process, advocate for you and explain your options.

One final word of wisdom: try to remain calm. An immigration hearing is a major obstacle to tackle, but you can and will survive it.  Although this time can feel overwhelming, your future is not set in stone.

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