On December 18, 2008, the Department of Justice revised the federal rule governing a foreign national's request for voluntary departure in removal (deportation) proceedings. Voluntary departure permits certain foreign nationals (not all removable foreign nationals are eligible to seek voluntary departure), who are otherwise removable, to depart the U.S. at their own expense within a designated length of time in order to avoid a final order of removal. As a result of this change, a grant of voluntary departure is now automatically withdrawn upon the filing of a motion to reopen or reconsider with the immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) or upon the filing of a petition for review in a federal court of appeals. Additionally, the foreign national must, within 30 days of filing of an appeal with the Board, submit sufficient proof of having posted the required voluntary departure bond. Absent this required posting of the bond, the Board will not reinstate the period of voluntary departure in its final order on the appeal.