What Are Your Responsibilities As An Immigration Bond Sponsor?

November 23, 2021

As of March 2022, there were 20,733 detainees in ICE detention centers

If you have a family member or loved one who is in ICE detention, you may consider becoming an immigration bond sponsor.  You will be making an important decision so it's important that you have all the information necessary to move forward in the process. 

What exactly are the responsibilities of a bond sponsor for an ICE detainee?

Read on to find out more about the details of immigration bonds, what your responsibilities will be and how they apply to you. 

What Is an Immigration Bond?

An immigration bond is a financial payment that allows for the release of  an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainee

The immigration bond approval is subject to the detained person agreeing to attend all scheduled court hearings. They must follow the specific orders given by the judge. 

What Is an Immigration Bond Sponsor?

An immigration bond sponsor is required for a detainee to be released from ICE custody. Release from detention is not possible without a sponsor. 

Often, the sponsor is a relative or friend who agrees to pay the bond on behalf of the detainee. They are also guaranteeing that the person being released will follow all the conditions of the release order. 

The immigration bond sponsor must be a lawful permanent resident or US citizen. 

Fill Out the Forms and Write a Sponsor Letter

You are required to fill out an immigration bond form provided by ICE authorities and provide a sponsor letter. 

In addition to this, at the bond hearing, a sponsor must provide the judge with a letter that must include the following information:

  • His or her relationship with the detainee (how they know each other)
  • The immigration status of the sponsor (must be either US citizen or permanent resident)
  • An address of where the detainee and sponsor will live and proof of this address (ie. phone or electric bill)
  • How they plan to support the detainee upon release 
  • Any other proof of community ties

Post the Bond

In other words, the immigration bond sponsor must put the money needed to guarantee the release of the detainee.

The immigration court or ICE officials determine the amount of the bond. The amount increases or decreases depending on many factors including immigration status, family ties in the country, criminal history and employment situation. 

A bond sponsor has the option to pay an immigration bond bond with cash, check, credit card or money order. A cashier's check made out to the "Department of Homeland Security" is a good way to be able to trace the payment in the future, if needed. 

You must provide your social security number or Tax ID number in order to post a bond.

Guarantee Court Appearances

The person released from ICE custody on bond has a requirement to meet all the conditions of their release. It is important that the bond recipient meets all conditions decided on in the bond hearing.

If the person defaults and does not comply with the court orders, removal proceedings are scheduled. This puts you at risk of losing your money

Immigration Bond Sponsor 

We know that it is important for you to understand your role as an immigration bond sponsor. There are many details to be aware of when making moving forward with the immigration bond process.

We are here to provide important information about what happens before, during and after the immigration bond process. If you have any questions or would like more clarification on anything involving immigration bonds, contact one of our professionals.  

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