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What is a Master Calendar Hearing (MCH)?

What is a Master Calendar Hearing (MCH) Lawyer, Houston, TexasWhen individuals are in removal or deportation proceedings, their cases are handled by the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) otherwise known as the immigration court.

When the court requests a hearing, there are generally two types: (1) Master Calendar Hearing (MCH) and (2) Individual Hearing (also known as the “Merits Hearing”).

What is a Master Calendar Hearing (MCH)?

This is the first formal stage of a removal/deportation proceeding at the immigration court.  Usually, the immigration judge will not make a final decision on the case. Instead, they will confer with the foreign national and/or his/her attorney, and the government’s opposing counsel to determine how the case should be handled. During the MCH, the judge will inform the parties of any upcoming deadlines and expects both sides to provide updates about the case.

When is my Master Calendar Hearing (MCH)?

You can call the immigration court that is handling your case and provide them with your Alien Registration Number to receive this information. You can also visit the government’s website here:

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