First, have a consultation with an immigration attorney in your area. The attorney will review the documents and advise you on the best course of action. There is a difference between leaving voluntarily and being granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge. If you leave voluntarily while in proceedings, you are self deporting.
If that's what you really want to do (I would consult with a local immigration lawyer to see if you have any relief available which would maintain you in the country..), then ask to speak with the ICE officer in charge of your case. Just give the last 3 digits of your "A" number and you will be directed to the officer in charge of your removal case. You'll find out there will be nothing that officer will be able to do for you or give you your passport back (they never do that, unless you win some sort of relief in court.)
Just wait to appear at your first master calendar in immigration court and tell of your intention to seek VD to the judge. You might or might not be granted VD, but that will not get your passport back. The lawyers representing ICE in court will hold it in your file until the day your case is finally resolved with you leaving the country, whether voluntarily or not. You will not get it back until then.
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You should wait to see the Court and ask for VD. The jurisdiction in this matter is now with the Court. You can also consult with an immigration attorney and see if you have any options besides taking VD and getting your passport back this way. BTW, you will get your passport only after the Court's decision and not before, if VD is granted. Overstaying VD would render you ineligible for all immigration benefits for 10 years.
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Get a lawyer ... this is quite serious.
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You should talk to a lawyer. The lawyer will explore all available reliefs with you and even look into speeding up the VD process if that's what you want.
Dear Sir or Madam, I need to evaluate your situation. Before you decide to give up and leave voluntarily, let's evaluate whether you have a defense to any deportation. I litigate such cases regularly. Best regards.
Passports are the property of a respondent’s respective foreign government, and not the physical property of the individual. ICE will not return a passport that has been confiscated by ICE or CBP unless and until the respondent’s case has a final administrative order granting relief (i.e. no appeal).
You should really consult with a lawyer before making any decisions.
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This is definitely not a situation you are going to want to go through without an attorney. There are other avenues of relief aside from voluntary departure and they each have their pros and cons.
On the date that you are scheduled to appear at the ICE office tell them you would like to request VD. They will not return your passport to you until you are scheduled to leave.
Before you take this drastic measure it would be worth your time and expense to consult with an experienced immigration attorney regarding your situation and whether you have any alternatives.
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