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Learn What Happens at New York City Immigration Court

Learn What Happens at New York City Immigration Court

Versión en español

Prepared by: The Legal Aid Society

Date: September 16, 2015

Getting help

There are lawyers at the New York City Immigration Court to help children understand what is happening. They are members of the ICARE coalition. The lawyers who help children do not work for the government. They work at nonprofit organizations that help people who do not have enough money to pay a lawyer. The lawyers take many cases, but not all.

You can meet with a lawyer while you wait to see the judge. The lawyers are on the 12th floor in the "pro bono room" (near the women’s bathroom). If you cannot find someone, go to room 1237 and ask. The lawyers will ask you questions about why you came to the United States, and what happened on the way. Your answers help them understand if there is a way for you to stay in the U.S. You can ask them questions too. You can ask the lawyer to take your case.


What happens at your first hearing

It is important to go to court on the date and time of your hearing. Bring Your Notice to Appear (NTA) or hearing notice with you. You can bring a parent, another family member, or a friend. If this is your first hearing, don’t worry if you don’t have a lawyer yet. You can ask the judge for more time to find a lawyer. The judge will tell you when to come back to court, and give you a paper with the information about your next hearing date.

The address of the court is 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278, which is on Broadway between Worth and Duane Streets. If you are arriving by subway, take the 1, 2, 3, A, C train to Chambers Street or the M, 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge or the N, R train to City Hall. Ask for help if you get lost.

People from the Department of Health and Department of Education are at the court to help you enroll in school and be healthy in the United States. If you already go to school, bring papers that show you are going to school.


For parents and guardians

Parents and guardians can learn more about why it is important to bring children to court and help them take care of their case. Come to a free presentation in Spanish, most mornings at about 8:30, in the “pro bono” room on the 12th floor. Arrive early to hear all of the information.