Alien Self Deport

Alien Self Deport

A self deport does not avoid the effects of any order issued by an immigration judge (e.g., a 10-year ban on being admitted to the United States). If the alien provides proof of their self deport (e.g., a notarized statement from an officer at a United States embassy or consulate), however, the surety will be able to obtain cancellation of the delivery bond.

There are some benefits to self-deporting. The most obvious one is to avoid any of the negative immigration consequences with being deported and having a so called “stain” on your record. Aliens have the ability to self deport, at their own expense, before an order of removal is issued, in order to avoid having any negative immigration issues being placed on their record. Additionally, another benefit to self-deporting is that the alien can have the time to get their affairs in order and prepare to deport on their own schedule as opposed to being escorted out by DHS. Officially, self-deporting is not something that an alien can just do on their own though. The alien must be granted authority to self deport by the Department of Homeland Security or by an immigration judge. In order to get permission from DHS or an immigration judge to self deport, the alien must first meet a couple of requirements. First, the alien must not have any aggravated felony or terroristic threat convictions and second, the judge must reasonably believe that the alien will actually self deport

Author: Doug Wood

Mr. Wood grew up in the Tidewater (Norfolk/Virginia Beach) area of Virginia. After earning a BA in History from the College of William and Mary in 1963, he attended the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He received his commission in March, 1964, and went on the serve five years on active duty. He then enrolled in the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William and Mary, and graduated in 1972. Mr. Wood spent his legal career with a variety of federal government agencies. The last 11 of this were with the (then) Immigration and Naturalization Service. For the last five of these years he was the lead attorney on all matters relating to immigration bonds. Upon his retirement in 2001, he began a career as a consultant to a number of immigration bond companies. Although retired from the bar, he continues to provide consulting services to immigration bond companies around the country.

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