Attorney Lauren P. Gearty practices immigration law in Boston, Massachusetts. While in law school, Lauren served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Suffolk University Law Review. Lauren received her B.A. in History summa cum laude from College of the Holy Cross.
Articles By Lauren Gearty
In August of 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for deferred action for childhood arrivals – a program commonly referred to as DACA.
If you have no hope of being allowed to remain in the U.S., but might want to return in the future, voluntary departure is a useful option.
Ignoring an order of voluntary departure can bring the same penalties as an order of removal, and more.
Many people ask for what's called "withholding of removal" or protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT) at the same time as they apply for asylum.
If you are unlikely to succeed in any defense against removal from the U.S., voluntary departure may at least allow you to leave (on your own) with reduced consequences for your future immigration chances.