Q: Can i leave for my home country before my court date for a crime? My lawyer is representing me.
My F1 visa was terminated in September because I stopped going to school as i had financial issues. I was illegal for a while and was planning on leaving the country but I got arrested for some felonies in November and was in jail for 2 months. One of my case was dismissed but for the other one my lawyer is representing me in court. Is it still possible if I could leave for my home country before my court date or will I be stopped at the airport?
A: If you leave the U.S. before resolving the charges, the court may forfeit your bail and issue a warrant for your arrest - which could complicate things for you in the future if you want to come back to the U.S. You should consult with your criminal attorney and an immigration attorney to avoid future inadmissibility. Generally speaking, no one is at the airport to stop you from leaving, we are more concerned about people coming in.
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