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Why Request Voluntary Departure

A person might give some thought to submitting a request for voluntary departure for several different reasons. Voluntary departure refers to the process where an individual chooses to leave the United States within a particular timeframe, typically at their own expense. 

Here are some possible, but not limited, explanations as to why you may consider requesting Voluntary Departure: 

  • If you are in the United States illegally or have broken the terms of your visa, you may be in danger of deportation. It is possible that you will be allowed to leave the country on your own terms and avoid the legal immigration consequences of being deported if you submit a request for voluntary departure. 
  • When compared to waiting for deportation proceedings to be completed, leaving the United States voluntarily can be a quicker and less stressful way to leave the country than waiting for the immigration court proceedings to be completed. 
  • If you are deported, it may be more difficult for you to acquire a visa or other types of immigration relief in the future. This includes both temporary and permanent relief. However, it is possible that you will be able to maintain your eligibility for future immigration benefits if you leave voluntarily. 
  • If you have family members in your home country who depend on you for support or if you have personal or family reasons for wanting to return home, voluntary departure may be the best option for you. 

It is important to remember that immigration officials can decide whether to let a person leave on their own with voluntary departure, and that this choice is completely up to them. Also, requesting voluntary departure comes with conditions and consequences, so it is important to talk to an immigration lawyer or another trained professional before deciding. 

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