Voluntary Departure is often viewed as a relief of last resort. It allows a non-citizen to leave the U.S. without a stigmatizing formal removal order. A non-citizen allowed to voluntarily depart admits removability, but does not have a bar due to admission based a removal/deportation order. In addition to keeping a deportation order off of your record, a voluntary departure can protect your financial wellbeing and avoid common consequences resulting from the removal process. If a non-citizen fails to depart within the time granted, they will receive a fine and a 10-year bar to several forms of relief from deportation.
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