How To Self Deport
The first thing you have to do is know if you are illegal. It is important to do your research, here is how you can find out:
1. Get background info: http://www.ancestry.com/learn/contentcenters/contentCenter.aspx?page=court#probateTypes
2. Retrieve all your family member’s records: http://www.genealogy.com/47_neill_print.html
3. Or just use a service like this one: https://www.familysearch.org/
The next step is to decide where to deport to. Sometmes if your family immigrated Illegally to the United States of America long ago, it is hard to decide which country to return to. We suggest returning to the scene of the crime, or where your Illegal ancestor came from.
1: Save some money first! Research the cost of living in the area. Look for online jobs that you can do abroad even if you don’t have a work visa.
2: Find a place to live. Good places to look include Craigslist and the Live Abroad website. See the Resources section below for links.
3: Contact your bank to setup a foreign account that you can use outside of the United States. You may also want to assign someone to act on your behalf in your absence- this is called a power of attorney. That way, if you need to do anything with your storage unit, bank or home, you will not have to return to the U.S. to complete the tasks.
4: Contact the consulate in the area that you would like to reside in. The consulate staff will be able to answer any questions that you may have regarding legal and citizenship requirements. In order to receive a work permit or a visa, you will need a job in the country you’re moving to, a valid passport, the address of your new residence and bank statements.
5: Pack only what you need and store the rest at a local storage unit for when you come back to the US. Make sure a relative has a key in case it takes you a few years.
6: Learn some of the language of the country that you are moving to- this will make it much easier to communicate with other citizen. But also remember that English is almost a universal language, if you move to a city around the world you will probably be fine!
7: Join the Repatriots Facebook group! We have members all around the world, who have repatriated or are going to repatriate to Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada. Get in touch with someone who’s in your shoes.
Fianlly, once you are abroad you will probably want to reapply to come back to the United States of America legally. This might take time, even a few years, depending on where your ancestors immigrated Illegally from. But don’t worry. Repatriots can help support you through this process. Apply for citizenship here, and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get a Repatriot Mentor who will walk you through the process!
As the great Ronald Reagan said, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” Sit down with your family and have a discussion about this. Stand for what’s right!