Understanding Immigration Bonds

If you or a loved one is in need of an immigration bond, you may have plenty of questions. Read on to learn more about using an immigration bond to get someone released from federal custody.

What to Know About Being Released on Bond 

Unfortunately, not everyone arrested can be released on an immigration bond. The judge decides who can and cannot be released. If the arrestee is deemed to be a danger to the public or to national security, they may be ordered to remain behind bars pending their court appearances. However, if they are released on bond, they may do so using two types of bonds.

The voluntary departure bond is meant to allow the detainee the opportunity to leave the country. They must agree to leave by a certain date, and they must make their own arrangements to do so. However, if they do leave by the designated date, the money paid for the voluntary departure bond may be refunded to them. The funds are returned to the detainee in their previous country. If the detainee does not leave the country by the required date, the funds for the bond are not refundable.

The other type of bail bond is the delivery bond. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) may issue a delivery bond. It may also be issued by a federal immigration judge. This type of bail bond is more like a traditional bond in that they are released pending their return for charges at a later date. The detainee is released from detention but, at the same time, they are issued an arrest warrant that ensures they will be arrested should they fail to appear at any hearings. Along with the delivery bond is a list of rules that must be followed by the detainee. This type of bail bond is thought to be preferential since it allows the detainee a chance to remain in the US with other family members. It also means that they have the time and opportunity to get the help of an immigration lawyer to help them with their court case.

Take the Next Step

If a loved one has been detained in federal custody, speak to a lawyer who deals with immigration bonds. Provide the immigration attorney with your loved one's name, the location they are being held, their charges, and the amount of their bond. Your loved one will need the help of an attorney so speak to one today.

Contact a local immigration lawyer to learn more.