Immigrating to the United States is a life-altering decision for anybody, and it doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges. Small mistakes can lead to the possibility of detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or deportation.
For some immigrants facing detention or deportation, an immigration bond can offer a glimmer of hope that can help them carry on with their lives while their cases are resolved.
An immigration bond is a financial guarantee that serves as a promise that the individual in question will comply with the conditions set by immigration authorities for their release.
Are bonds guaranteed?
You have to request a bond hearing, and there is no guarantee that you’ll be granted a bond – or at what cost. Generally speaking, immigration bonds come in two forms:
- Delivery: This type of bond is granted by immigration authorities to those who are deemed not to pose a flight risk or a danger. It allows the immigrant to be released and prepare for their immigration hearings from outside detention – which means they can return to their families, jobs and other activities.
- Voluntary departure: If an immigrant chooses to leave the country voluntarily by a specified date, they can pay this bond to secure their departure. The bond is refunded once the person leaves the country as agreed. In the meantime, their freedom makes it easier for them to wrap up their affairs and make plans.
The amount of the immigration bond is determined by either ICE or an immigration judge. Factors that can influence the bond amount include the person’s immigration history, flight risk, any criminal record, their ties to the community and overall potential danger to society.
Navigating the immigration system can be complex and overwhelming. People who are not familiar with the process may struggle to meet the requirements set by the authorities, so it’s always wisest to obtain legal guidance.