(I am writing from Canada)
In 2005 I had an immigration court hearing in NY where the judge denied my asylum claim. Right there and then my lawyer requested voluntary departure, which was granted. However, I stayed in the fight by filing an appeal that was denied in August 2006.
I eventually self-deported to Canada in Jan. 2008 by crossing the border without inspection, where I eventually became a Canadian citizen after filing the same asylum claim.
Question: how can I let US immigration authorities know that I left the country almost 11 years ago? (I have been advised to go to the US/Canada border to do so, but I have also been told that many things could go wrong. For instance, if I show up at the border and there is an active deportation order against me, they could simply detain me and deport me which would trigger a new 10-year ban to ever visit the US.)
Thanks for your help and answer
It is possible that you were ordered deported in absentia and a warrant for your arrest is floating out there. An experienced immigration lawyer could resolve this issue for you and investigate whether or not you qualify to file the I-392, Notification of Departure, with the Embassy/Consulate.
Attorney Barbara Suri, retired Immigration Officer. This answer is general in nature and does not in any way create an attorney-client relationship. However, if you find my answer to be the "BEST ANSWER" and/or "HELPFUL" to you in anyway, please mark it accordingly. Thanks!
Usually notifying the US embassy, or showing proof of life in Canada for 11 years (paid taxes, bills, property etc..).
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