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I received a Notice to Appear (NTA), now what?
I was picked up by ICE, now what happens?
Often, you will be placed in jail. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will rent beds from counties in order to place ICE detainees. Be aware of this possibility and prepare your family for this possibility.
What is a voluntary departure?
Per USCIS, this is departure from the United States without an order of removal. The departure may or may not have been preceded by a hearing before an immigration judge. This voluntary departure concedes removability but does not have a bar to seeking admission at a port-of-entry at any time. Failure to depart within the time granted results in a fine and a ten-year bar to several forms of relief from deportation.
Should I accept an administrative closure and deportation?
Can I get bail to go back to my family?
This depends on your specific case. While you are detained, there are specifics to your case that may aid to determine if, and how quickly, bail will be available. Consult with an immigration attorney to discuss the specifics facts of your case.
What can my family do to prepare in case I am picked up by ICE?
Ensure your bank accounts necessary to make payments for rent and utilities have multiple individuals with access to the funds. If you have children, make sure both parents have documents on file to represent the children, along with another family member with signed access to represent the child and pick them up from school should you be picked up by ICE.
If I am deported, can I come back to the United States?
It depends. Consult with an immigration attorney to discuss the specific facts of your case.