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The Use of Immigration Bonds

An immigration bond helps to release a foreigner who is put in custody by the immigration department, while they are waiting to appear in court. These bonds can be used only by foreigners who are qualified.

A foreigner using immigration bonds for his release from custody should meet the conditions of the bond.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are the departments in-charge of immigration-related matters. A suspect can be released by the ICE on the basis of personal recognizance where the detainee won’t need to pay for the bond.

If you are a detained foreigner, the conditions for being entitled to an immigration bond including not being an escape or flight risk, not a public threat, not facing serious criminal charges, or without an existing extradition order.

The amount you pay for the bond is decided by a judge from the ICE. Factors affecting the amount that you need to pay include your immigration status, history of crime, employment status, and family links in the US. You pay more for your immigration bond if you are a flight risk.

Your risk factor determines the amount to pay for your bond; $1500 is the minimum and $10000 or higher for those who have a higher risk factor. For departure type bonds they start as low as $500. You can visit this page for more help with immigration bonds.

It may take a year or longer for you to be able to refund the amount you have paid for the immigration bond.

The delivery bond is the most common form of immigration bond. If your case requires investigation, then it may last longer. Your release from detention can be secured by delivery bonds. You are required to attend all the immigration hearings. While out with your family using a delivery bond, you should use your time to consult with an immigration lawyer for your court hearing. The full amount of the delivery bond will be forfeited if you fail to appear for a hearing.

The voluntary departure bond allows a detainee to voluntarily exit the country at his own expense by a specified period. Once you leave the country, the departure bond is refunded in full. Your forfeit the amount you paid for the bond if you don’t leave the country.

A loved one who is in custody with the immigration department can enjoy your company while they have a pending case using immigration bonds. You cannot use other forms of bonds if your case is immigration-related.

When your loved one is released from the custody of immigration, he should obey the provisions and conditions of the bond type tying him in court.