discovers that there is some “blemish” on the applicant’s history, some legal “defect” in the way they entered the U.S. or in the procedure by which they obtained their Green Card, the application for naturalization should be denied.
Therefore, if you know that there was some problem with you past immigration history, even if it was long ago, even if you succeeded in “sliding” over it “dancing” around it, don’t be so sure that what worked for you at your previous interview (Green Card), will work again. Don’t rush to fill out and file the N-400 form by yourself. Consult with an immigration lawyer.
Be prepared. Avoid surprises.
NTA is short for “Notice to Appear”, which is a request for an “alien” – non US citizen – to “appear in Immigration Court”. This can be addressed to a person who has no legal status, or who has a non-immigrant visa, or who is a Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card holder). The purpose of the request for “appearance” in immigration court is so that the government can ask the judge to issue an Order of Removal (Deportation) against the person so appearing.
The NTA is supposed to tell the person to whom it is addressed (1) why the government wants to deport them (Facts and Laws), and (2) in what court they should appear and on what date and time.
Many NTA’s are issued without a mention of the location of the court and of the date and time of the required appearance. Are such NTA’s legally valid? The answer is YES! The NTA is valid and the “invitee” must appear in Immigration Court based on information they receive in a second, later notice.
If they appear in court as requested, they still have a chance to defend themselves against deportation, keep their legal status or obtain a new legal status. If they do not appear as requested, the Immigration Judge may issue an “in absentia” Order of Removal (in their absence), and it is almost impossible to cancel such an Order.
Conclusion: if you get an NTA – don’t ignore it. Take it seriously!