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Dress for success in immigration court

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2022 | Immigration

Receiving a notice to appear at an official interview or hearing can be an unsettling experience. Many Texas residents may find themselves in such circumstances before 2022 is over. When it is an immigration court hearing, the outcome may determine whether the person in question may stay in the United States or face deportation.  

Making a good impression in court can have a positive impact on the ultimate outcome of a case. In a courtroom, clothing matters as much as attitude and behavior. There are certain clothing choices that are best to be avoided when the goal is to present oneself in a professional, respectful manner.  

Best options for courtroom attire 

When choosing what to wear to an immigration hearing, it is helpful to approach it the same way as an important business meeting or job interview. Solid, neutral colors and tones are best. The term “business casual” applies well, which typically includes dress slacks, a collared, button-down shirt and business-style shoes for men. Women who choose to wear a dress or skirt will want to make sure the length to the knee or longer.  

Clothing or styles to be avoided in court, include tight-fitting attire, stiletto heels, sneakers, ripped blue jeans, t-shirts or any type of printed images or wording. It is also best to appear neatly groomed and clean. It is a good idea to visit the official website of the immigration court ahead of time to see if there is a posted dress code online. It is also helpful to consult with an experienced attorney, who can help a client determine whether a particular outfit is appropriate for the courtroom.