When an individual has no defense against removal, it is generally advisable to ask for Voluntary Departure. Voluntary Departure permits an individual, who is otherwise removable, to depart from the country at his or her own expense within a designated amount of time in order to avoid a final order of removal (deportation). People who receive voluntary departure agree not to fight their cases anymore, to pay for their own trips home, and to leave within a certain period of time. Not everyone qualifies for voluntary departure, so it is important to review your case with an Immigration attorney to determine whether or not you are eligible. Aretz & Chisholm Immigration can advise you on whether or not you qualify for voluntary departure, and if so, will work with you to prepare a convincing case that you deserve voluntary departure instead of deportation.
If an individual fails to depart within the time period specified by the immigration judge, the voluntary departure will turn into a final removal order and the individual will be subject to fines, as well as a 10 year ineligibility period for every other form of relief from removal. The consequences and considerations concerning Voluntary Departure are complex. Contact Aretz & Chisholm Immigration for professional and experienced advice regarding whether or not to seek Voluntary Departure in your case.