The first several immigration court appearances in an asylum case are generally one or more “master calendar” hearings. These materials on this page will walk you through what Master Calendars are, how they work, and how to prepare for them.
This webinar presented by the ABA Commission on Immigration provides an in-depth overview of the Master Calendar Hearing and filing applications for relief including reviewing the Notice to Appear, obtaining client case files, preparing for the hearing, what to expect at the hearing, and forms of relief
The Notice to Appear (NTA) is the charging document in immigration court proceedings. Pleading to the factual allegations and legal charges in the NTA happens at a Master Calendar hearing, before an individual hearing is scheduled. This annotated NTA explains the significance of the most important elements of the NTA.