One of the most devastating situations for a family is when one of their loved ones is locked away due to their current immigration status. Many people believe that once a family member or friend is detained by ICE, that’s the end all conclusion to the story until eventual deportation.
However, within the detainment process, there is still the chance for your loved one to qualify for release until notification from the courts. Here is the most important information you’ll need to know about immigration bail bonds and how your loved one can qualify for one.
Types of Immigration Bonds
When it comes to immigration bail bonds there are two types that illegal residents can apply for, delivery bonds and voluntary departure bonds.
In order to qualify for a delivery bond, the individual must be qualified for the bond by the presiding judge. Usually, this is granted if the individual is not considered to be a flight risk or a danger to their community.
A delivery bond comes with an arrest warrant and custody conditions that ensure they will show up for their immigration hearings. This is a great option for a loved one to spend time with their family instead of in jail while waiting for the immigration issue to be resolved.
A voluntary departure bond gives the individual the choice to leave the country on their dime. Once this has happened and ICE confirms that the detainee is no longer in the country, the bond will be repaid to the person. Failure to leave the country or check in with ICE about your immigration status will result in a lost bond.
What’s the Cost?
Unlike standard bonds, there are different costs for these bonds that depend entirely on the individual involved. An immigration judge will set the bond and consider several things that can have an impact on the case. These considerations include:
- Prior criminal convictions
- State of existing ties in the United States
- Current employment
- General history of the detainee
- Potential of flight risk
Remember, there is a series of immigration hearings that are to be held prior to an official conclusion to the case. These hearings hold equal importance to the court appearances required by people who have committed other types of crimes.
How to Pay for an Immigration Bond
When paying for an immigration bond there are two ways to take care of the cost. You can either directly pay a cash bond to ICE, or you can obtain a surety bond from an immigration bondsman.
In a surety bond, the agent will charge between 15 and 20 percent of the bond amount and like other bail bonds, the collateral you provide up front will not be refunded.
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If you or a loved one have found yourselves in the unfortunate situation of incarceration, find a DFW bail bond office in your area for help. Our agents are prepared 24/7 to help get you home to wait for your court date. Contact an office near you to get the process started.