What Is Voluntary Departure Relief?

Immigrants who are subject to removal or deportation can leave the United States on their own through voluntary departure relief. The benefit of leaving voluntarily is that you are not prevented from applying for a U.S. visa once you return to your home country.

However, voluntary departure is not available in every case. That is why it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel in your corner who can help you explore all of your available options.

At The Kasen Law Firm, LLC, we represent immigrants and family members nationwide who are seeking voluntary departure relief. For a free initial telephone consultation with a dedicated and experienced immigration attorney, call 843-376-4085 or toll free at 888-370-5810. We have offices in Summerville, South Carolina, and Flushing, New York.

The Benefits of Departing Voluntarily

If you are forced to leave the U.S. under a removal order, you generally will be barred from reentering the United States for 10 years. Leaving the country voluntarily removes this bar and means that you may be allowed to reenter the U.S. much sooner. Also, if you are granted a voluntary departure, you will have significantly more control over when you leave the U.S., unlike a forced removal under a deportation or a removal order.

Married Couples

The voluntary departure process can be particularly beneficial for married couples. For example, if a foreign national marries a U.S. citizen, the non-citizen facing deportation may apply for voluntary departure with the immigration court and, if granted, return to his or her country. The U.S. citizen spouse can then apply for an immediate relative visa and overcome issues concerning inadmissibility. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case and determine whether voluntary departure is a viable option in your case.

Are You Eligible?

Not everyone is eligible for voluntary departure. If you are facing deportation or removal due to aggravated felony charges or you have been accused of terrorist activities, you will be ineligible for voluntary departure relief. Even if you do qualify for voluntary departure status, you must be able to pay for your own travel costs and have a valid passport, without which you may not take advantage of voluntary departure.

When to Seek a Voluntary Departure

Voluntary departure may be granted before removal proceedings commence or at the beginning or conclusion of a deportation hearing. If you seek voluntary departure, you must forego other types of relief from removal and must agree to waive your right to appeal. Our lawyers can assist you in determining if voluntary departure is the best available relief for you.

Contact Us Today

Departing the U.S. voluntarily may give you more control to plan a legal return. Contact us online or call 843-376-4085 or toll free at 888-370-5810 to learn how we can help. We serve clients throughout the United States and around the world.