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How do I find out the bond amount for my family member?

Usually ICE tells the detainee.  But you can also call ICE at 612-843-8600, extension 5.

Who can pay the bond?

The person who pays the bond must be a Lawful Permanent Resident or U.S. citizen who speaks English (to be able to read the bond contract).  The must bring their ID and social security card.  Note: the person who pays your bond should be someone you trust.  It is this person who the money will be returned to at the end of the case if you appear at all of your hearings and complete all requirements.

What is the form of payment?

It must be a postal money order (purchase from the Post Office) or a Cashier’s Check purchased from a bank.  It must be made out to: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Where is the bond paid?

The ICE office is at 1 Federal Drive, Suite 1601, Fort Snelling, MN 55111.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It is recommended to get there early, as it is probable that the detainee will be released the same day, or the next day at the latest. The person paying the bond should be prepared to wait a couple of hours for the payment to be processed.

Is it possible to ask for a lower bond?

When the detainee has their first hearing in detained immigration court, he/she can ask the judge to reduce his/her bond.  Sometimes the judge will lower it a bit, depending on factors such as criminal history, and whether the detainee qualifies for any legal remedy.  There are usually volunteer lawyers at the court, and they can help you try to ask the judge to lower your bond. The detainee will likely be in custody for about ten days before they can see a judge and ask for a lowering of bond.

Do I get the money back?

Bond will be returned with interest if the detainee cooperates, even if the outcome is ultimately negative.

What is an Intensive Supervision Appearance Program? (ISAP)

ISAP is a program wherein ICE makes home visits and the person is required to appear at the ISAP office periodically.

What are the advantages to paying the bond?

The detainee will not have to stay in detention. He/she will have more time to review his/her options and meet with an attorney. As long as the person attends all court hearings and complies with any orders from the judge, the bond money will be returned at the end of the court process (in some cases, the process can take several years).