A Notice to Appear, or NTA, is a type of document immigration officials deliver to a foreign national that notifies them that they must appear before an immigration judge. It is extremely important that the information provided on the NTA is reviewed carefully as this is the first step in removal proceedings. Essentially, what this means is that when an individual receives an NTA, removal proceedings have been initiated against them.

If you or a relative recently received an NTA and you live in Texas, you are encouraged to contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen to schedule a time to speak with a Texas immigration attorney. An attorney may be able to find a way to get the removal proceedings suspended so that you are able to remain in the U.S.

Typically, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue an NTA when:


  • A person is no longer in a period of authorized stay and they have not departed the U.S.
  • A person has been convicted of a criminal offense that qualifies them for removal. In some cases, an individual may also receive an NTA when they have been charged with a crime.
  • An individual is found guilty of fraud or misrepresentation.
  • N-400 applicants are “deportable, ineligible to naturalize, or where the application has been denied on good moral character.”
  • A foreign national becomes a national security concern.


It is important to note that USCIS may also issue an NTA to certain individuals who have had their application for benefits denied.


What happens after a person receives an NTA?


After an NTA has been issued to an individual, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is required to file it with the immigration court. Those who receive an NTA are encouraged to contact the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) Automated Case Hotline at 800-898-7180 to confirm the date and time of their scheduled hearing. Now, because there may only be few days between the date you received your NTA and the date of your scheduled hearing, it is crucial that you contact a Texas immigration lawyer as soon as possible to find out if they can assist you with your matter.

In many cases, an immigration attorney may be able to put a stop to the removal proceedings or at least get it suspended, but until you contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen, it is unclear as to whether your case qualifies for this. Therefore, if you would like the opportunity to discuss your matter with a skilled immigration lawyer in Texas, call 210-503-2800 today.


You can reach the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at:


310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: 210-503-2800

Website: www.jjosephcohen.com

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