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Procedure during an immigration bond hearing

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2021 | Immigration Law

Over the course of the past few years, immigration has been a hot button issue on the news and within many communities in Kentucky. Although much of the focus has been directed toward the conditions at detention centers, there has also been news within the courts that many may have missed. This includes the cancelation of immigration bond hearings. But what exactly are they? The following includes more information on these hearings.

What is an immigration bond hearing?

In short, a bond hearing involves a foreign national who the Department of Homeland Security or ICE has apprehended. According to immigration law, if they want to leave the detention center, they may request a bond hearing

At the hearing, the court will ask them to pay a certain amount. A court will only give the bond to a foreign national who agrees to appear in court at their given date. If they do not appear in court, the court will cancel the bond agreement.

How would a person request a bond hearing?

One of the most common questions regarding immigration bond hearings is how one would go about obtaining one. Simply put, the person only has to make a request for one. They may request a bond hearing during their initial court appearance.

If that is not possible or they are not aware of the procedure, they may also write a “Notice of Custody Determination” letter. However, the courts do not grant all requests. That is why it is so important that people convince the judge that they are not going to be a threat to the community. Having family in the U.S. and not having a past criminal record can go a long way in doing this.

Although requesting a hearing can be rather easy, the trial may not be. Thus, it is important to consult with an immigration attorney before even sending your initial letter of request.