How Do Immigration Bonds Work Exactly?

As of 2018, more than 44.7 million immigrants lived within the United States. 

Do you have family members, friends, or coworkers that have immigrated from another country? Are you aware of the options if they are ever taken to jail for immigration reasons? What are you currently doing to support them within the immigration process?

There are a few things to know about immigration bonds in case you need to help someone out with one in the future. 

Keep reading to learn more about immigration bonds:

What Is an Immigration Bond

An immigration bond is a very similar concept to a regular bond. The difference is that the bond is being put up for the release of an immigrant that has the potential to be deported back to their home country. 

The immigrant must meet certain qualifications in order to be eligible for a bond to release them from custody. These qualifications can vary based on their employment status, family situation, and criminal history. All of these factors play a role in the person’s current immigration status and can directly affect their future status. 

How Do Immigration Bonds Work

Immigration bonds work by releasing someone from custody in exchange for the terms of the bond.

The cost of an immigration bond will vary depending on what type of bond it is. There are typically two types of immigration bonds—delivery and departure bonds.

If you get a delivery bond, the case can be reviewed by an immigration judge and there would be a potential to stay in the country pending a court ruling. Departure bonds are just like they sound, a voluntary departure from the country in exchange for being released from detainment. 

What Do You Need in Order to Qualify for an Immigration Bond

In order to qualify for an immigration bond, there are a few important things to note. 

Having any prior convictions can hurt one’s chances of qualifying. If the court determines that someone could be a flight risk, they will likely not issue a bond out of fear that the person will not show up at the scheduled hearing. 

Having people in your community that are able to speak on your behalf can be helpful in the process of getting a bond. It is important to show that one has strong relationships within the area and that those people will hold them accountable in their expected appearance for the future court date. This will also help to prove that they are of value to the community.

Be Prepared

Now that you have read about immigration bonds, you will have a better idea of how they work. Being prepared with the right information is important if you need to help someone with an immigration bond in the future. Locating important documents ahead of time can help speed up the bond process. 

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