HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY BOND HEARING?
From the time the bond application is filed, it will typically take 1-3 weeks for the bond hearing to be set. The immigration judge will decide whether to grant a bond at the bond hearing, and if granted, how much the bond will be.
CAN THE IMMIGRATION JUDGE DENY ME A BOND ALTOGETHER?
Yes. Immigration judges have broad discretion to grant or deny bonds. Even if you have little or no criminal history, an immigration judge can still deny you a bond if they feel you are a flight risk. However, you do have the right to appeal an immigration judge’s decision on your bond application.
HOW DO I PAY THE IMMIGRATION BOND?
An immigration bond can be paid at any ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO) office in the U.S. The person who goes to post the bond must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. It is advisable that the bond be paid using a postal money order, as some ICE ERO offices will not accept any other form of payment.
WILL I GET THE BOND MONEY BACK?
Yes, as long as you comply with all orders of U.S. immigration authorities going forward. If you win your immigration case, the bond money will be returned to whoever posted it. If you lose your case, you must depart the United States when required in order for the bond money to be returned to the person who posted it. In the latter case, you may need to go to the U.S. embassy in your home country to have them stamp a form proving you have departed the U.S. You can then mail that form to ICE ERO, and they will return the bond money to whoever posted it.