Master versus Individual Hearing – What’s the Difference?
Many people in removal proceedings do not realize the different types of hearings that will take place during the removal process. If you appear at an Immigration Court in front of the Executive Office of Immigration Review, chances are you are appearing for your master calendar hearing. These “master hearings” are one of the most common functions of an immigration court and are usually the first hearings a person in removal proceedings has in front of an Immigration Judge. These hearings are typically to check on the status of a case, to review the charges the government is bringing against the person, and to allow the person an opportunity to file documents or seek certain types of relief.
An individual hearing or a merits hearing is different because this is a person’s opportunity to present their application for relief to an Immigration Judge. Before these hearings ever happen, a person will have master calendar hearings to figure out the scope of the individual hearing, to allow the government to prepare arguments, and allow the person to file applications with the court before the individual hearing. The Immigration Judge will allow someone to present evidence in the form of documents or pictures and to give testimony themselves or from others during the individual hearing. These types of proceedings can be complex, and it is imperative to have proper legal counsel available to you to handle any issues during these proceedings.
At Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A., we have appeared for both master and individual hearings at immigration courts all over the United States. We routinely appear inside detention facilities for those that are detained in removal proceedings. Whether it is a detained case or a non-detained case, we will advocate on behalf of our clients. We have argued a variety of motions, briefs, and issues before Immigration Judges and enjoy the opportunity to stand next to our clients as we fight for their fair day in court. We believe that having legal representation is a crucial part of having success in removal proceedings and we strive to give our clients peace of mind. If you or a loved one have an upcoming master or individual hearing and you would like to discuss your options or have an attorney on your side during your hearing, please give Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Immigration Team a call at 601-927-8430 or 601-948-8005 or by using our live chat.