Facing deportation is a very difficult experience.
It is not always easy to know what to do. Keep in mind these three facts.
1. An immigration judge will give you a date to appear in court
When you go to your court date, you will have a chance to speak for yourself and present evidence to support your case. If you do not appear, the judge may order your deportation without you present. There will be a warrant for your arrest. If you have a schedule conflict, you must file a specific court order for a new hearing.
2. Report all address changes within five days
Check your mail so that you receive your hearing notice. If you move and do not report your address change, you will not get the mail. You will miss your court date, and you will not be able to reschedule. The judge’s order will be final. The U.S. Department of Justice states that you should use Form EOIR-33 to register your change of address. The city where you live in Texas determines which form you use.
3. Meet every deadline the judge gives you
When the judge tells you a date to file an application, evidence or document, it is not a suggestion. It is a requirement. Judges are very busy and will not make exceptions for very many people. When you miss a deadline, it may appear that you have given up on your application, which may result in your removal.
The court’s processes are very serious, and you should be very careful with your decisions.