December 2004, I flew out of the country for 1 day. Upon entry at the airport I was held for more than 10 hours and my Permanent Resident Card was taken away. Apparently a DV (4th degree) conviction from 1997 affected my residency.
When I went to court, DHS argued that it was an aggravated felony. The judge said it seemed more like a simple assault. My conviction was 365 days in jail with 365 days suspended. In the eyes of Immigration, a 365 day sentence is considered a felony. I had the case reopened and the judge modified it to 188 days in jail with 188 suspended.
In 2004 I was arrested for a firearm possesion (at the time I lived in a gang infested neighborhood). They considered it a felony. I was only given about a week in jail and 3 years of probation in which I will complete in March '09. I was told that after completion I could have it dropped to a misdemeanor and then have it expunged.
In June '07 a judge granted me relief. He gave DHS 30 days to appeal his decision in which on the exact 30th day, they appealed it. 2 weeks ago I received a letter from The Board of Appeals saying they were dismissing the appeal and agreed with the judge's decision.
This past Saturday I received a Notice Of Hearing In Removal Proceedings saying that I have been scheduled for a MASTER hearing before the Immigration Court.
Ok, here is my question....I thought a MASTER hearing was the first time you appear upon a judge for removal proceedings?!?!?! Why am I now scheduled to appear "again"? Is this to completely close my case? Am I having to start all over again? Any help is greatly appreciated....thanks in advance!!!
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