How Long Are Immigrants Detained After the Bond Process Begins?

April 14, 2020

Action Immigration

Over 10 million undocumented immigrants currently reside in the United States. It's easy to worry about the financial and emotional consequences of being detained.

Immigration bonds can give you and your loved ones peace of mind. Immigrants detained suddenly have options, whether they have an attorney or not.

Below are the basics of immigration bond procedures. We will talk about bond eligibility and how to get your recognizance bond.

How Long Are Immigrants Detained?

Once an immigrant is detained, they can be detained indefinitely.

If ICE grants a bond, they could be out in a matter of hours. If the case requires a hearing, they could be stuck in custody for much longer. Proceedings can take a long time, perhaps even years. 

An immigration bond may help speed up the release process. Many of our bonds result in release within a day.

Many immigrants pursue bonds so they can leave custody during said proceedings. Eligibility for release directly affects how long an immigrant can be detained.

If the detainee has past arrests on their record, DHS can keep them in custody during the duration of their immigration case. Detained aliens can ask the DHS to release you, or they can ask for a bond hearing to contest the DHS's finding.

An immigration attorney can help you find out the fastest way to secure your loved one's release. They will typically use legal and factual evidence to show that you are eligible for release on bond.

How to Pay Immigration Bond

Paying an immigration bond is like paying bail money in a criminal case. The DHS sets the bond amount to be paid upon release. The bond amount is typically at least $1500.00 or more.

An alien can either post the bond money or request that an immigration judge lower the amount. An attorney can help you with the hearing and the evidence needed to support your request.

A bonding company may tack on an additional charge and ask for collateral. If the DHS posts your bond with the government, they may require a money order or check for the full amount.

It's best to send the money directly to your nearest DHS office. If the detainee cannot pay directly, they may need someone with funds to help pay the amount of your bond.

What to Do If Your Bond Is Revoked

If your bond is revoked, can you get another one?

The answer depends on who revoked or denied the detainee's bond. Once ICE denies a bond, the decision is finalized per their discretion.

If the immigration court denies or revokes the detainee's bond, you may be able to appeal the decision.

An alien in custody may lack the resources to deal with a revoked bond.

We use our experience with criminal law to help you or your loved one navigate the next steps.

The Takeaway

Immigrants detained don't have to just sit and wait for proceedings. Immigration bonds can empower you and your loved ones in stressful times.

Don't let court leverage hold you back. Our bond services can reunite you with loved ones facing immigration hearings.

Call us now for a free consultation. We will help give you and your loved ones peace of mind!

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