How to Secure an Immigration Bond in the United States

In the United States, citizenship is considered of high significance. When an individual within the country is found neither to be a citizen nor a resident and without a suitable visa, they can be put into custody by a sector of the Department of Homeland Security known as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Once captured, they will be judged based on a few factors for risks involved in releasing them. All is not in vain for them, fortunately, since they can be released through posting an amount called the ‘Immigration bond’, through a company like Bob Block Bail Bonds.

As stated, the Immigration bond is an amount posted by an individual deemed as an alien to the United States for them to be set free. Other persons can also post the bond for them provided that they have legal status in the country. Immigration bonds serve as a form of ‘bail’ for the detained individuals similar to a defendant in a court trial.

There are two types of immigration bonds handed by ICE on detained individuals. First is the ‘delivery bond’ which grants freedom provided that they will not miss any of the court hearings. It will enable them to spend time with relatives and consult further actions with their lawyers. On the other hand, the ‘voluntary departure bond’ will grant temporary freedom as long as the individual agrees to leave the country after a certain amount of time.  In both types of bond, the bail amount is forfeited if the detainee fails to observe the rules set by ICE on their bond.

The amount needed to be posted for bail is determined by ICE based on a number of factors. The amount will vary based on the detainee’s immigration status, employment history, criminal records, ties to the United States, and risk of flight. Amounts can range from $1000 to as high as $10000 if the individual has a high risk of flight based on his profile. The bail posted will be returned around a year after completion of all court hearings.

To obtain an immigration bond, the detainee or his relatives must coordinate with ICE to be given a bail amount for temporary release while the case is still ongoing. They must comply with all the needed requirements so that the detainee will be deemed worthy of being given a chance for a bond. It can be paid in two ways. First is through the ‘surety bond’ wherein detainee and his relatives have posted the bail themselves through a cash bond which will be returned to them once the detainee completes all court proceedings, provided that they have enough resources to pay it in full. Such an amount can be paid in cash, check, or US notes. The other approach is through the ‘surety bond’ wherein the detainee’s relatives can seek help from a third party, typically a bondsman, to post bail for them in exchange for a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount.

While being detained due to immigration reasons may seem a scary predicament, the detainee need not despair due to the existence of immigration bonds which will grant him freedom while his case is still ongoing. Through immigration bonds, the detainee can avoid custody and spend his time doing more important things and with the people that matter to him.

Peter is a freelance writer with more than eight years of experience covering topics in politics. He was one of the guys that were here when the started.