What are Immigration Bail Bonds?

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Foreign nationals who violate American immigration policies and laws are considered illegal immigrants. If you have crossed over the United States border without inspection or proper authorization, you stay beyond an authorized period following legal entry on a Visa, or it has become expired, you will be classified as an illegal alien. When you are caught, you will be detained by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer or the U.S. Citizenship or Immigration Service (USCIS) and could face imprisonment or deportation. The good news is that detainees can apply for an immigration bail bond.

Types of Immigration Bonds

Two types of immigration bonds are available for illegal aliens in custody (as long as they are not considered a threat to national security or public safety). Immigration bonds are at the federal/government level where other bonds are mostly at the state, county or city level.

  1. Delivery bond – Are based on the determination of ICE or an immigration judge. If granted, the detainee receives an arrest warrant and a notice of custody conditions to be released on. The purpose of a delivery bond is to ensure the detainee attends all immigration hearings. It allows the person to spend time with family and consult with an immigration lawyer while they wait for their hearing date.
  2. Voluntary departure bond – In some cases, detainees are given the option to voluntarily leave the country at their own expense by a specified date.n certain cases, after leaving the U.S. under removal or voluntary departure, you cannot return to the U.S. for certain time periods without getting permission. If paid in full to ICE, the departure bond is refundable once the detainee has left the country but will be forfeited if they fail to leave

How Do Immigration Bail Bonds Work?

Immigration bonds work just like other bail bonds. They guarantee the detainee will be present for all court dates or immigration procedures. The detainee must also demonstrate they are not a threat to society.

It is important to understand that posting immigration bail bonds doesn’t guarantee the detainee won’t be deported. Nor does it mean the charges will be withdrawn.

There are a few reasons that would increase the likelihood the detainee would be disqualified from the issuance of an immigration bond. If any of these situations apply, it might be best to talk to an immigration lawyer.

  • A standing deportation order
  • Certain past criminal charges
  • Considered a threat to the community or national security
The detainee’s family members and friends are usually allowed to visit the processing center or jail where they are being held. There they will be able to find out if an immigration bond has been granted. The family can then start figuring out how to go about getting the bond posted so the detainee can be released. It’s a good idea to talk to a qualified bail bondsman who is experienced in the immigration bond process so you can find out what your options are. 

If you need to post bail for a loved one in Texas and you’re looking for a professional bail bond company in San Antonio, we’re here to help. River City Bail Bonds is an experienced, family-owned, and operated bail bond company, and we’re available to walk you through the process of posting bail for your loved one. Reach out to us for more information.

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