USCIS Memo on Commencement of Removal Proceedings: Anytime we can put someone in Immigration Court, we will


United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memo on November 7, 2011 providing guidelines to officers describing when a Notice to Appear (NTA) is to be issued. An NTA is the document that starts removal (deportation) proceedings against a non-citizen. It is sometimes referred to as the charging document and receiving one of these is usually bad news because it means the United States is trying to deport you. If you get an NTA which generally looks like the document below, it is best to quickly consult with a qualified immigration attorney.

The November 7, 2011 Memo below generally seems to indicate that anytime USCIS can deny an application, they will place that person in deportation court.

Ricky Malik, Esq.