“Voluntary Departure” is an option offered by the Immigration Court which, essentially, is an agreement that you will depart the United States within a specified period of time, usually between 60 – 120 days.

Voluntary departure is usually not helpful. It may be helpful if there is a way to return to the United States, such as when you may have entered illegally and, through an immediate relative such as a spouse or child over 21, qualify for conventional consular processing, but not provisional consular processing. Accepting voluntary departure from the Immigration Court, in most other circumstances, is unadvisable compared to taking an order of removal. At Chicago Immigration Advocates, if we review your case we can inform you whether you should accept voluntary departure or not.