If you are facing a removal hearing, you may want to provide a witness to support your case. A witness who can testify on your behalf may boost your credibility, corroborate your story, and substantiate your claims. Here’s what you should know before choosing a witness to bring to your hearing.
What Makes a Strong Witness
The prospect of deportation can be frightening, which is why it is important to bring a strong witness to your case. Here are some things to consider when choosing your witness:
- Their knowledge and insight regarding your case.
- How prepared your witness is to present testimony.
- If your witness can remain composed, even when faced with confrontational questions.
- If your witness will present themselves well and dress neatly.
- How helpful your witness will be to proving your case.
When Witnesses are Helpful
Material witnesses, who are able to corroborate any aspect of your case, can be helpful in an individual merits hearing. They can be especially important in cancellation of removal cases, where your moral character is highly important to allow you to remain in the U.S. Good witnesses are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who will vouch for your good character. If your witnesses are high-ranking professionals or serve the community, such as police officers, politicians, or teachers, it can be even better for your case.
If you have an asylum case, you may have to prove that you have faced persecution or fear of persecution due to your religion or social group. You may call on witnesses to corroborate your story, including pastors, aid workers, missionaries, or others who have legal residence in the U.S. after a similar situation to yours.
Learn More from a Nassau County Immigration Lawyer – (516) 806-4070
If you have questions about your witnesses or your immigration hearings, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of Nassau County immigration attorneys. At the Kapoor Law Firm, we are prepared to help you navigate your immigration case, no matter how complex.