Deportation/Removal Proceedings – The Master Hearing

May 19, 2015 | Master Calendar Hearing

As a Miami immigration lawyer, I have often represented clients who are in removal (i.e. deportation) proceedings.  One of the initial steps in the removal process is the Master Calendar Hearing. This is understandably an emotionally-fraught process for many. If you are currently in deportation proceedings, below are some frequently asked questions.

What is a master calendar hearing?
If you are being summoned to a master calendar hearing, this means that removal (deportation) proceedings have been initiated against you. A master calendar hearing is a relatively short hearing, wherein you will meet with the Judge and the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) attorney to determine how your case will proceed.

Do I have to attend the master calendar hearing?
Yes. However, be advised that due process rights still apply to you. As such, you are allowed to have a Miami immigration lawyer to represent you at the hearing.

If I hire a lawyer to represent me at the master calendar hearing, do I still need to show up at the hearing?
Yes. You do not have to speak or answer questions at the hearing (your Miami immigration attorney can speak on your behalf); however, you will still have to show up at the  hearing.

What can I expect at the master calendar hearing?
You will need to provide some basic information (i.e. name, address, languages in which you are fluent). The judge may also review your charges, and provide your Miami immigration lawyer with a chance to either admit or deny the charges. The judge may also set dates for your submission of written documents. Lastly, the judge may set your individual hearing. Remember – it is unlikely that you will have to answer any questions at the master calendar hearing; your Miami immigration attorney can be there to represent you.

My master calendar hearing is coming up – what should I take note of?

  • Take note of the date and time on your Notice to Appear. Even if you have hired a Miami immigration lawyer to represent you at the master calendar hearing, you will still have to attend the hearing personally.
  • Make sure that your clothes are court-appropriate. This means – neatly-pressed, clean, and not flashy.
  • Do not be late! It helps to arrive early, in case of traffic delays or other unexpected occurrences.
  • Find out beforehand what documents you need to take with you. These include identification documents, travel documents, or any other documents that your Miami immigration lawyer deems important.

I do not understand English very well. How will I be able to communicate with the Judge?
If you do not understand English, tell the Judge that you need an interpreter. The court will usually supply an interpreter, free of charge.

If you would like more information on what you can expect at your master calendar hearing, please contact Miami immigration lawyer The Law Office of Tatiane M. Silva, P.A., Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at tmsilvalaw.com .