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  • #31
    I am 22. I am not from the US, but I graduated from a US University and want to go to graduate school. My parents don't support the field I want to study in and I fear I might have to run away to continue my education. But money is an issue and I am not a citizen, so I want to know if I can get a US student visa from somewhere in the States. If I can't, I will be returning to my home country and I will try to run from my home there.

    Again, I wanted to know how I could arrange my living and earning situation while I apply to universities here in the States. I cannot tolerate the conflict with my family anymore since I have developed anxiety and depression during my time in college. I'm starting to seriously consider killing myself and that terrifies me.

    I absolutely will not stay in a foreign country unless there are legitimate means to do so. I would rather suffer at home than be an illegal alien, but if there is a way out of my situation I want to know about it.

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    • #32
      Reply: I am 22. I am not from the US


      Hello,
      Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

      We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. One option to consider is checking to see if there is a college admission office for foreign student affairs about your student visa concerns.
      They may also have information on housing and employment opportunities.

      It sounds like you have been under a lot of stress and it has you feeling depressed as of late.

      We understand that sometimes situations feel overwhelming and is difficult to know just what to do or where to turn. Sometimes counseling becomes an option to help cope with everything.
      If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 is a 24hr crisis line for those suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts.

      You did a great job reaching out today we hope that things change for the better.


      Take care,
      NRS
      Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

      National Runaway Safeline
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      • #33
        I'm from Egypt I'm 13 and l want to run away at 16 l really want to live away from my parents and abusive ways I want to go to USA but I'm scared about school an education

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        • ccsmod7
          ccsmod7 commented
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          Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.

          We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

      • #34
        My fiancé and I are both 17. He is in a very abusive household and the police in our area are doing nothing to help. Would it be possible for us to get to Germany and stay there? I know we need visas and passports and everything, but I'm curious about what would happen if his parents took action

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        • ccsmod9
          ccsmod9 commented
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          Hi there,
          Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. From what we gather about your situation no you would need some forms to even buy the tickets for the flight. Another obstacle exists in that if you attempt to do something like that the cops might not just take him home if his parents report him missing but they might have more serious consequences as running away to a different state is much different than to another country.It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody. . If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
          Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
          If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
          We hope to hear from you soon.
          Be safe, NRS

      • #35
        hi i’m 13 and have been dealing with abusive parents since the beginning of time. they will forever and always refuse to let me live in a situation that isn’t like hell. by 16, i want to run away to france or close to russia. i want to sneak onto a boat maybe to france or spain without passport, visa, any of that. do you think it is possible? to go and be gone at sea fast enough? i am learning french already and i am ready to be in france, i just do not know how hard it will be to get there
        i am in east usa btw

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        • ccsmod15
          ccsmod15 commented
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          Hi, and thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like things at home have been difficult for you and possibly abusive. We’re sorry you’re going through this. No one deserves to be hurt in any way.

          If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

          When harm or abuse happen at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like reporting is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. Child Help USA (1-800-422-4453) is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering. You can also reach out to someone at your school like a trusted teacher our counselor about what you’re going through.
          You mentioned leaving home when you turn 16 and about the feasibility of traveling to France or Russia via boat. While we are not experts on the law, and may not be able to comment on the feasibility of traveling by boat, we can tell you that 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions (including the feasibility of traveling as a stowaway).

          If you'd like to talk in more detail about your situation, would like resources or to discuss options please call 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat with us (www.1800RUNAWAY.org) as we can best help by phone or chat. Best, NRS

      • #36

        I'm 14 years old and I want to become a singer. You can say I live in a really abusive household. Like nobody gets along with me and my parents are against my dream so damn much! I've been trying to pursue them for the past 3 months but now I am done. I am planning to run away to South Korea and continue to pursue my dream with my other friends out there in Korea. But the only problem is that I don't have a passport or enough money. And I know passport is really important. I will be really greatful if you guys can tell me if it's really that important to have a passport and if it's okay for an unaccompanied minor to runaway to south korea.
        please help me I am wanting to run away on 15 of july please try to contact as fast as possible.Again I request you to please see my concerning about the situation and my carrier goals.

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        • ccsmod3
          ccsmod3 commented
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          Hi there,
          Thanks for reaching out! We really appreciate you sharing about your story and your dreams are important. It’s a great start to do some research and looking into the logistics of what it would take to leave the country. One of our goals here is to make sure we can support you with staying safe if you decided to leave in regards to where you might stay, how you might survive, and what would a backup plan if things don’t work on with living in Korea. We aren’t experts in passports, but from a general understanding there are cost and permissions you would need as a minor to get a passport. It is very much needed to be able to travel and if there was a runaway report filed on you then the airlines would be notified to not let you on the plane in most cases.
          Your dreams are important and valuable and getting support from others can be tough. It may be good to think about developing a plan and talking with people that you trust to talk through how you might be able to move forward. We are here 24/7 and would be more than happy to talk with you about your options and general information through calling us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or access our chat through our website at 1800RUNAWAY.org.
          Best of luck,
          NRS

      • #37
        I'm running away to Europe and I need to know how to get a job in another country. I'm 18 and want to get out of America.

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        • ccsmod9
          ccsmod9 commented
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          Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.
          We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

      • #38
        I’m currently 14 right now and I’ve moved to two different countries in the past six months. I moved from the US, Guam, and the Philippines and I want to move back to the states where I would have a more stable life and finish school. I’ve made a plan to go back to the US but it wouldn’t happen till I’m probably 15 or 16. I would run away at this age so I could get a job more easily if I was on my own. I would runaway and spend the money on a plane trip from the Philippines to Guam (because of the less strict security of commons and runaways). I would continue to live there for four or five months to save up enough money to sustain myself and buy a plane ticket to the US. Guam to US is also considered a domestic flight so I wouldn’t have to show my passport. From there I would fly as an adult (or an unaccompanied minor) for a safer flight with less people asking questions. From there I would go from Guam to Honolulu to Atlanta bc if the connecting flight. I would arrive at Atlanta to visit my friends and prepare to leave to Colorado where I could emancipate myself and not have to worry about the law after me. I would continue my college courses that I would’ve taken in the Philippines and get a better job that would help in straighten up my life. This is my plan and I would like to know if there are any flaws in it. I would also want to know if there are any legal concerns I should be looking after.

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        • ccsmod7
          ccsmod7 commented
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          Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

          It sounds like you have given your plan a lot of thought, and have a very thorough timeline planned out.

          You mention that you won’t need to show your passport to go from Guam to the United States, but since Guam is a territory of the United States, you would need to show your passport upon arrival there. https://www.visitguam.com/about-guam...t-formalities/

          If that is not a hurdle, have you thought about what kind of job you will get in Guam? If you will be under 16 when you get there, it seems like you may need to get an employment certificate from the government and the form requires the signature of a parent/guardian. You will also need certain personal identification documents for the application and tax forms. https://www.dol.gov/whd/state/certification.htm#Guam
          https://www.govguamdocs.com/dol/docs...ertificate.pdf
          Do you have any connections to find a place to live for the four or five months you plan on being in Guam? It might be a good idea to try to picture what your life will look like when you’re there – how long it may take you to find work, where you will stay, how you will feed yourself.

          Moving on to your being in the United States. If you were to runaway to the US, during the time that you are not emancipated and still under your parents’ guardianship, it is possible that anyone that houses you could be charged with harboring a runaway.

          And while we are not legal experts, we can tell you that emancipation can be a lengthy and expensive process. It sounds like you have really thought this through, but it is not something to enter into lightly. You may have to argue for yourself in a hearing about why and how you should be able to live independently.

          One resource you may want to use as you are working through your plan is https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/
          They can put you in touch with someone in your area who can listen to what you’re experiencing and help you figure out options.

          One option that you may have is trying to talk with your parents/guardians about how you are feeling and your desire to return to the US. The easiest way to live apart from your parents/guardians is to get their written approval to do so. They may be understanding and willing to work with you to figure out a way for you to return and a place for you to live.

          We wish you luck with everything you are experiencing. We are not experts on international law, but you can always call or chat us if you are in the states and need help.

          -NRS

      • #39
        hello hello

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        • ccsmod15
          ccsmod15 commented
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          Hi there,
          Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
          Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
          If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
          We hope to hear from you soon.
          Be safe,
          NRS
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