Please let me know the process of appealing an Immigration Officer's decision in front of a judge. Especially how long does it take? I am aware that there is an initial hearing and a master hearing? What is the ball park number of months and/or years that a judge takes to make his/her decision.
There is no ball park figure for how long a judge will take to make a decision.
You should retain an immigration attorney in your area to help you with the appeal. This is not something that you should attempt on your own. You may have other legal options that you are now aware of that an experienced immigration attorney will see.
You can get a referral from this site or from www.aila.org.
There will be a master hearing (at least one) and a merits hearing. it can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the court and the backlog. The judge will typically make his decision at the time of the merits hearing. I would definitely get an attorney to help you through this.
Simply send a letter to CIS and request review at immigration court. You will receive a notice to appear shortly thereafter.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
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