Our immigration bond attorneys in Phoenix, AZ, may be able to help you if the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or another agency has detained you or a loved one. We help families that have been separated because of their immigration status, including petitioning for bonds so that individuals may return home while their case moves through the courts.
If they release you on bond, you will still need to make all court appearances and continue the legal process. However, you may be able to reunite with your family, stay in your home, and go to work during this time. Our team can also represent you during your hearing.
What Is an Immigration Bond?
Many people do not know that an immigration bond might be available that could allow their detained family members to go home while they wait for the outcome of their case. A bond is essentially a fee someone else pays that guarantees the detainee will show up for their hearing and other necessary court appearances.
A friend, family member, or employer generally pays it. They can recover the money as long as the detainee attends all future case proceedings. However, the person who pays the bond generally must be a citizen or lawful permanent resident.
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What Are the Advantages of Bonding Out?
Making bond and getting a conditional release does not affect an immigration case’s outcome. It also does not provide any advantage in winning the case and avoiding removal or other negative outcomes. However, it allows the immigrant to be with their family and in their home.
When we help a client receive a bond and they are released, it also allows us to work more closely with them to strengthen their case. It may give us a chance to get a cancellation of removal, determine a path to lawful permanent resident status, or take other steps to improve their chances of a positive outcome.
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Why Do ICE and the Immigration Courts Offer Bonds?
Not all detainees are eligible for immigration bonds, and many judges are known for rarely offering it or only offering it at outrageous rates. However, others grant bonds relatively frequently for low-risk detainees. It is easier and more affordable to allow immigrants to go home while awaiting their court date.
Detaining individuals requires space and resources, not to mention staff. However, the government agencies in charge of these hearings need to ensure they will show up for their immigration court proceedings. This is where a bond comes in. By asking someone else to pay a bond, it puts that person in charge of ensuring the immigrant makes it to court and follows all necessary rules regarding their release.
New Frontier Immigration Law Can Help Families Facing Detention or Removal
At New Frontier Immigration Law, we help the family members of people who ICE has detained. We may be able to get a bond approved and represent your loved one during their removal proceedings. Our practice areas cover many aspects of immigration law, including adjusting immigration status, getting lawful permanent resident status, and more.
Our team knows how difficult it is to be where you are. Many of us have been there ourselves, including attorney and owner Hillary Walsh. We have experience winning immigration appeals, getting bond denials overturned, and representing clients in the U.S. Supreme Court. We believe every individual makes a difference in our thriving immigrant community here in Phoenix.
We’re Here to Help You and Your Family
We want to talk to you and hear your family’s story. We can offer support and advice as you navigate the process, fighting the burdens that too often come with immigrating to the United States. We provide strategic sessions for potential clients, and the cost of this session goes toward your case if we decide to work together.
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What Your Family Needs to Know About Immigration Bonds in Phoenix
Some immigration judges do not offer bonds or only give high bonds to detained immigrants. However, this does not mean one of our immigration attorneys cannot help your family member get a bond. We can often help our clients get approved for a bond even if ICE or the immigration judge previously denied them.
Why Bonds Are Sometimes Denied
Judges may not offer a reasonable bond amount because they believe the immigrant is a flight risk and may not return for future court dates. Our attorneys work to show they have many reasons to want to continue with the proceedings. This could include:
- Having family in the area
- Working nearby
- Having a home in Phoenix
- Other ties to the community
- Hiring an attorney
When your family works with our team, we will have an immigration attorney on your side throughout the process. If your loved one is detained, we may be able to help get them home sooner and fight for a positive outcome in their case.
How Much Is an Immigration Bond?
There is no way to know how much an immigration bond might be. It will depend on the immigration judge or ICE and their take on the case. They generally grant lower bonds to immigrants they feel have more to lose if they flee. Those who have no criminal history and significant ties to their local community, for example, might be able to get a lower bond than those with no immediate family in the area.
We can gather and present evidence that could allow you or your loved one to get a lower bond amount or receive a bond when one was previously denied.
How Do I Pay My Immigration Bond?
Depending on your location, you or your obligor can pay your immigration bond at an immigration office or the detention center holding you. You can pay your bond with a casher’s check or money order from a US post office, but not with a personal check or traveler’s check. You may also be able to pay with cash, depending on your location. However, be sure to obtain a copy of your receipt and bond agreement so you can apply for a refund of your bond after your case ends.
ICE has provided a list of ICE ERO Bond Acceptance Facilities to assist immigrants with posting bonds. A Phoenix immigration attorney can ensure that you have the correct information to pay your bond, help you find the nearest acceptance facility, and assist you with the immigration process
How Can I Get My Immigration Bond Back?
You can generally request a refund of your bond as long as you adhere to the terms of your bond agreement, attend your hearings, and meet your legal obligations for your immigration case. You can even request a refund if the government deports you.
Upon conclusion of the immigration proceedings, the individual who paid the bond (the obligor) will receive a notice of bond cancelation from ICE (Form I-391). The Department of Homeland Security Debt Management Center will also receive this notice and prepare to refund your bond, including the original bond payment plus interest.
Note that ICE will send this paperwork to the address where you originally submitted your bond contract, so be sure to update your mailing address with ICE if you move during your immigration proceedings. You should also maintain a copy of your original bond agreement (Form I-305), as this can help you obtain a refund once your immigration proceedings are complete.
However, if you have lost your bond receipt or contract, you have several options available to obtain your bond refund. You can speak with a Phoenix immigration attorney familiar with these processes to discuss your next steps.
How Long Will It Take to Get My Bond Refund?
Depending on your situation, you should receive a refund within several months of submitting your I-391 and I-305 to the Debt Management Center. However, if you moved during proceedings or misplaced your bond contract, you will need to obtain the necessary documentation, extending the process. Your immigration lawyer can help you get any necessary documents and streamline the process.
Do I Need an Attorney to Pay an Immigration Bond or Obtain a Refund?
While you do not need an attorney to post your immigration bond or request a refund, having an immigration lawyer on your side can make the process easier. Since the obligor for your bond must be a US citizen or legal resident, it can sometimes be challenging to find someone to post a bond on your behalf. Unfortunately, you might encounter someone who will take your bond money and keep the refunded bond for themselves, so you should be cautious.
You can trust an immigration attorney in Phoenix to act in your best interests and ensure no one takes advantage of you during the immigration process. Although it may seem sensible to handle your situation yourself, an attorney familiar with immigration laws and procedures can ensure that you:
- Fulfill bond requirements
- Keep the authorities apprised of your current address
- Do not miss any critical hearings or deadlines
Speak with an Attorney from New Frontier Immigration Law Today
At New Frontier Immigration Law, our lawyers will sit down with your family for a strategic session to discuss how we may be able to help you set and pay for an immigration bond for your loved one. We will also help you fight for the best possible outcome in the immigration proceedings, seeking ways to prevent these worries in the future. Call us today to learn more.