What happens in a "master calendar" removal hearing?
There are two types of hearings in removal proceedings: master calendar hearings and individual hearings.
Master calendar hearing
Your first hearing will always be a master calendar hearing. You might have several master calendar hearings. Master calendar hearings are status conference hearings, or chances to share preliminary information with the judge so that the judge can decide how your case will move forward. During the first master calendar hearing, the judge will explain the charges brought against you, and tell you your rights. The judge will ask whether you agree or disagree with each allegation and charge in the NTA.
You have the right to a lawyer throughout removal proceedings—but the government won’t provide you with a lawyer, or pay for one. If, at your first master calendar hearing, you still haven’t been able to hire a lawyer, ask the judge for more time to find one.