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My girlfriend who is a foreign national (Croatia) was

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My girlfriend who is a foreign national (Croatia) was detained at Logan airport in Boston Tuesday night for violating the terms of her tourist visa. She has agreed to leave voluntarily, but is still being held and I have not been able to speak to her. Need to know if there is anything i can do?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps has your girlfriend taken? Has she filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?

She’s been in holding so I doubt it.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has your girlfriend talked to a lawyer about the visa?

I don’t think she has been able to speak with anyone at all

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I don’t believe so

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Are you asking if there is something you can do to stop the voluntary removal?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No. She has been in holding and I cannot talk to her. I’m asking how long can they hold her? Shouldn’t she be able to be on the next available flight out of the country if she’s leaving voluntarily?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
From what I’ve read thus far, seems as if CBP officers have very broad power
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I just want to get her out of the holding facility.

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ANSWER: I'm so sorry you are both experiencing this at the moment. Just keep in midn that it is temporary and it will come to a conclusion relatively soon.

As far as the next available flight, that does not necessarily mean the very next flight out. They need to process her, update her records, and make sure that everything is in order before they put her on the flight back. And then it is the first available flight.

Unfortunately, it is true that they have broad authority. And unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to get her out of the facility. She just has to wait out the process until she is returned to her home country.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok. I figured there wouldn’t be very much I could do. Thanks for your response.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
One more question if you are still able to respond. What would the next step be? Going to the US Embassy in Croatia to see what her options are for returning to the US?

It depends on the violation that led to this outcome. We can discuss that in another thread (I am required to ask customers to post new questions in new threads).

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