The Types Of Immigration Bonds
There are two main types of immigration bonds that are available to illegal residents of the U.S. when they are placed in ICE custody. But only if they are found not to be a threat to national security or the safety of the public.
A delivery bond is for an illegal immigrant who has been detained by the ICE and has been qualified for the bond by the immigration judge. In order to qualify for a delivery bond, the immigrant must receive an arrest warrant and a notice of custody conditions from the ICE. A delivery bond is set to make sure that the detainee shows up for all of their immigration hearings. It also allows them to spend time with their family rather than in a jail cell while they wait for their court hearing.
A voluntary departure bond is given as an option in some cases and allow the detainee to leave the country on their own terms and at their own expense by a specific time period. This bond is refunded to the person, if paid in full, when they leave the country. However, the bond amount is forfeited if the person does not leave.
The Cost Of Immigration Bonds
When the illegal immigrant is detained, either the ICE or the immigration judge will determine the bond amount. This amount can increase or decrease according to several factors, like the immigration status, criminal history, the employment situation, and any familial ties to the U.S. If there is a high chance that the detainee will try to flee before their court hearing, the bond amount will increase. A typical bond amount for a delivery bond is $1,500, but that can increase up to a maximum of $10,000. The typical bond amount for a departure bond is $500. When the bond is paid and the person has attended all of their court hearings, the government will return their bond amount, but that can sometimes take up to a year or longer.
Paying For An Immigration Bond
There are two general ways to pay for an immigration bond; a surety bond or a cash bond. A surety bond is when the detainee’s family or friends work with an immigration bonds agent to pay the bond. The agent typically charges 15-20 percent of the total bond amount, but this means that the loved ones don’t have to pay the bond in full themselves. A cash bond is when family or friends pay the bond amount in full directly to the ICE. Once the detainee has made all of their country hearings, that amount is fully refunded.