How will your attorney help in immigration court?Since immigration court is a bit different from a traditional court in America, it’s necessary for your attorney to be succinct and persuasive. There is a limited amount of time to speak on your behalf, so your attorney needs to know everything you can tell them about your case. They’ll present the case to the judge in a way that paints you in the best light. If you are asked to give a testimony, stick to what you’ve practiced and be prepared for the judge to make a quick decision. It may be surprising that a case that determines if you can stay in the country is handled so quickly. While it isn’t always the case, it pays to be prepared for a short trial.
What can you do to help your immigration case in court?Follow some of the same basic rules as others who attend court in America. You should:
- Come prepared with respectful attire
- Be on time
- Don’t interrupt the judge or others when they speak
- Use appropriate language, such as saying “yes, sir,” or “no, ma’am.”
- Be prepared with a testimony that you’re able to deliver. In some cases, your attorney will speak on your behalf, or an interpreter may help translate your statements