Voluntary departure is granted by the immigration judge on the condition that the individual voluntarily agrees to depart from the United States at one’s own expense and in a specified period of time. By agreeing to voluntary departure, the detainee agrees to leave the country within a certain amount of time. There may be additional stipulations to the granting of voluntary departure. Should an alien fail to voluntarily depart the United States, then the further charges may be pursued. The person who decides to voluntarily depart is not fighting deportation and shows a willingness to leave the country without the removal process. There are many benefits to voluntary departure and should be explored with an experienced immigration attorney.