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THE CORONA LAW FIRM, PA. provides legal representation to non-citizens in removal proceedings in immigration courts in Miami and throughout Florida, as well as representation and assistance with preparation of applications for Naturalization, Permanent Residency, Family Petitions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Provisional Waivers, and more. Our attorneys also have experience representing clients who are detained during removal proceedings at Broward Transitional Center and Krome Service Processing Center.

IF YOU RECEIVED A “NOTICE TO APPEAR” from the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) or another letter from the immigration court requiring you to appear in immigration court on a certain date, we urge you to make an appointment with our office by calling (305)547-1234 for one free consultation so that we could advise you on what to do next.

If you received a Notice to Appear, the U.S. Government may be seeking to deport you back to your country of origin, based on your presumed illegal presence or, in some cases, based on your commission of a deportable criminal offense.

Immigration Courts handle cases of individuals in removal/deportation proceedings that usually take place in the area where the individual is detained or where they reside.
Normally, an individual in deportation (or removal) proceedings cannot be deported without an opportunity to seek relief. Such immigration relief/benefits may include political asylum; adjustment of status to that of a permanent resident based on permanent residency/citizenship of immigrant’s relatives; cancellation of removal; or other immigration benefits.

If the Immigration Judge decides that the individual is eligible for relief from removal, they will not be deported and instead will be allowed to lawfully remain in the U.S. and in some cases will then be eligible for naturalization.

Why do I need a lawyer in immigration court?

Unlike in criminal court proceedings, immigrants who are being deported through the immigration court system do not have a right to a free court appointed public defender and are usually requested by the judge to find a private attorney to represent them in immigration court.

The immigration law and immigration court procedures are usually very complex and difficult to understand, especially for the immigrants who are often not familiar with the current immigration laws and do not speak English fluently. A qualified immigration attorney will be familiar with both the immigration law and immigration court procedures.

Even though the final decision in your immigration case will be made by an immigration judge, representation by a skilled immigration attorney may dramatically increase your chances of winning your case and either getting your Green Card back and remaining lawfully in the U.S., or achieving permanent resident status through immigration court.
What happens if I do not attend the immigration court hearing?

The U.S. immigration laws require that the individual who has an appointment with the immigration court, attend every immigration court hearing regardless of whether they have an immigration attorney to represent them in immigration court or not.

If you fail to appear at the immigration court hearing without a good excuse such as a severe illness or death in the family, the Immigration Judge will issue a deportation order against you inabsentia.

Once the deportation order is issued, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers will have a right to go to your house to arrest and deport you.
Should I hire an immigration attorney to represent me in immigration court proceedings if the judge has granted a continuance?

The best course of action would be to hire a Miami based immigration attorney as soon as possible. If you did not have an attorney appear with you at your first hearing and the Immigration Judge granted you a continuance on this first appearance, and you want to have an attorney represent you in removal proceedings, do not test the Immigration Judge’s patience – hire an attorney as soon as possible so they can appear at your next hearing.

How many hearings do I need to attend in the immigration court?

The number of immigration court hearings varies depending on the nature of your immigration case. Some immigration cases may take more than 7 or 8 immigration court hearings and several years to process through the immigration court system. This may happen due to the complexity of your immigration case, due to additional continuances (changes in immigration court dates) requested by you, your immigration attorney, Government immigration attorney, or made by the Immigration Judge on their own initiative.

Some immigration court date changes (continuances) happen because you changed your immigration attorney. Some immigration cases, on the other hand, do not last more than 6 months.

Regardless of how long your immigration court case will last, you must be patient and must attend every immigration court hearing to avoid deportation order inabsentia.
Can I travel during my immigration court proceedings?

No. The immigration court proceedings are called “removal proceedings” – which means that the U.S. government is trying to remove you from the United States back to your country by. If you want to help the U.S. government to accomplish this goal sooner rather than later, go ahead and travel during the deportation proceedings.

Traveling during the immigration court proceedings may be fatal to your immigration case and should be avoided unless a true emergency exists that may be more important for you than your right to stay in the United States legally

Miami Immigration Court Information

Miami Immigration Court is one of the busiest immigration courts in the country. It has several judges and serves the greater Miami area and surrounding cities. Each judge at any given time handles many deportation cases.

The following is some general information about the Miami Immigration Court that may be helpful for you:

The Miami Immigration Court is located at 333 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130. If a specific courtroom is not listed on your hearing notice, arrive at the courthouse and proceed to the 7th Floor to inquire about the location of your hearing.

If you need to get information about your immigration case or need to find out when your next immigration court hearing is, call the Immigration Court Information System at 1-800-898-7180. This automated system will provide information about your next immigration court hearing date, asylum processing information, prior Immigration Judge decisions, immigration case appeal information, and filing information.

The information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless the Immigration court system is under routine maintenance check which usually happens at night. If you call the immigration court information line and cannot get the immigration case information, do not be alarmed, just try to call during the day.

The Immigration court information will be provided in either English or Spanish. You must have the individual’s Alien Registration Number (A#) to obtain case information.

Other details about Miami Immigration court

If you have an immigration court date, make sure to leave your home early. You should not be late for any immigration court proceeding. There is a lot of traffic in South Florida, so you may get stuck in traffic on your way to your Miami Immigration court hearing. Plan accordingly and arrive to court early.

Parking is available at the immigration court.
You will be required to undergo a security check to enter the courthouse and you must show a picture ID to the security personnel and pass through a metal detector.
If you are represented by an immigration attorney, your immigration attorney will give you instructions on what to do.

Can an Immigration Attorney Help Me With Other Immigration Matters If I am Not in Removal Proceedings?

Yes! The Corona Law Firm, P.A. can assist you with many other immigration matters outside of the immigration court forum.

Additional immigration services we provide include:

  • Naturalization (Citizenship)
  • Adjustment of Status (Lawful Permanent Resident / Green Card)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Family Petitions
  • Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
  • Employment Authorization Document (Work Permit)
  • Affirmative Waivers

If you are interested in these or any other immigration benefits, please contact us today for a free initial consultation!