The world of bail bonds can be very confusing and overwhelming, especially if you’ve never had exposure to a loved one being arrested or detained. You’re likely to have several questions at first, and Future Bail Bonds is here to answer your inquiries. Our goal is reunite families by providing fast and compassionate bail bonds services to the residents of San Bernardino County. If you have a friend or a loved one who has been detained for reasons related to his or her immigration, you might have questions about how you can help him or her. In today’s article, we will discuss immigration bonds, what they are, and how to obtain one. Read on to learn more about the topic.

What is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., this entity is usually referred to by its shortened name, ICE, and is the federal law enforcement agency that works to protect our country from security threats related to foreign nationals. ICE performs homeland security monitoring, arrests, and detains individuals who pose a security concern. When someone is detained by the ICE agency, he or she may have the option to be released on his or her own recognizance. However, it is also possible that an immigration judge and/or ICE may feel it is necessary to set a bond amount. Once a bond amount is set, immigration bonds are a viable means of release so long as the detained party doesn’t pose a threat to national security or the general public.

What is an Immigration Bond?

In the most simple terms, an immigration bond is one that is paid to the courts or ICE directly and allows an arrested party to be released while he or she awaits for a judge to rule on the case. This can prove beneficial for the detained party as it can be difficult for the non-citizen to seek and obtain counsel while being held in an ICE detention facility. Immigration bonds may be posted by any legal U.S. citizen or a bail bondsman. If it is determined that the detainee is eligible for a bond, there are two types of bonds available:

  • Delivery Bond: In order to be released on a delivery bond, there must be an arrest warrant and notice of custody conditions presented to the accused. This type of bond functions very much like any other bond in that it’s designed to provide assurance that the detained individual will appear at his or her scheduled immigration hearings. It also allows the arrested party to be released from custody in order to be with family and seek out legal counsel. Delivery bonds can range anywhere from $1,500 to more than $10,000 depending on various risk factors.
  • Voluntary Departure Bond: Just as it’s name implies, this type of bond allows the detainee to voluntarily leave the United States at his or her own expense. There is typically a specified date by which the accused must vacate the country. These bonds are to be paid in full and directly to ICE and is refundable only if the conditions outlined in the bond are met. These bonds typically range anywhere from $500 or more.

How is the Bond Amount Determined?

In a prior article, we discussed a few ways in which the amount of bond is determined. When it comes to immigration bonds, the bond amount is determined either by ICE directly, or by a federal immigration judge. The amount of the bond takes into account many of the same factors as non-immigration bonds. For example, the judge or ICE will consider factors such as the detainees criminal background, employment history, and contributions to society. As you might assume, immigration judges and ICE will also consider the detainees immigration status when determining the amount of bond.

How Can I Obtain an Immigration Bond?

The means by which you can pay the bond posted for immigration offenses are limited to obtaining either a surety bond or a cash bond. For surety bonds, you may work with an immigration bond agent who will collect a non-refundable premium for the bond. The premiums for immigration bonds are usually slightly higher than non-immigration premiums at 15 to 20 percent. This means that if your loved ones bond is set at $10,000, you may be required to pay anywhere between $1,500 to $2,000 to post bail. If you prefer a bail method that is refundable, you can opt to pay the full amount of the bond directly to ICE, but your payment must be in the form of a cash bond. These can be paid with various cash-type funds, including cash, money orders, bonds, or notes. Depending on how much the bond is set at by the courts, it can be challenging to secure the full amount upfront, however, cash immigration bonds are refundable as long as the detainee is compliant with all conditions and attends all of his or her immigration hearings.

We hope that you have found this information to be helpful as you navigate the world of immigration bonds. We understand how hard it can be when you have a friend or a loved one arrested, whether by ICE or regular law enforcement. Future Bail Bonds is here to help you in your time of need with compassionate service and flexible payment plans. If you have questions about bail bonds in general, or would like to speak with someone in our office about what types of bonds we can assist you with, contact us at 909-990-5700. We look forward to assisting you!