Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings

Can I file a motion to reopen my removal proceedings in Immigration Court?

If you were ordered removed from the U.S. in absentia, you may be able to have your removal proceedings reopened. If proceedings are reopened, you will be rescheduled for a new hearing in the Immigration Court and will be able to apply for any form of relief for which you are eligible. You can file a Motion to Reopen if one of the following circumstances applies to you:

  • you did not receive the Notice to Appear (NTA) giving the date and time of your hearing, or
  • you did not appear at your hearing because of exceptional circumstances and you file your Motion to Reopen within 180 days of the date of your scheduled hearing.

Once you file a Motion to Reopen, an automatic stay of your deportation will remain in effect until the Immigration Judge issues a decision on your motion. This means that you cannot be removed from the country unless the judge denies your Motion to Reopen.


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If you previously have received a deportation or removal order, we may be able to help you reopen the order so that you can apply for relief from removal.

If you or a loved have immigration questions, please contact our Los Angeles immigration lawyer now for a FREE consultation.

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