Federal Immigration Bonds are sometimes required to obtain the release of a person who has been detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A person who is suspected of being in the country illegally can be detained by DHS and investigated for their immigration status.
If the subject is determined to very likely be in the country illegally, he or she will be remanded to the Enforcement and Removal Operations division of ICE for supervision during the period of their immigration hearings.
Immigration Bonds – ICE Form I-352
Immigration Bonds are a Federal Bond, also called ICE Form I-352. There are four types of immigration bonds:
- G1 – Delivery Bond. This is a bond conditioned upon the delivery of an Alien and is the most common type of bond. It is used to ensure that a person will comply with a deportation order. A delivery bond allows an individual the opportunity to spend time with friends and family, as well as consult with an immigration attorney, prior to his or her court hearing.
- G2 – Public Safety Bond. This bond is to ensure that the alien will not become a public charge. In other words, it ensures that the government will be reimbursed if a bonded alien receives any type of public assistance.
- G3 – Voluntary Departure Bond. This bond is conditioned upon the voluntary departure of an Alien and is used to ensure that the person returns to his or her home country in compliance with the conditions of the court order. A voluntary departure bond allows a detainee the opportunity to leave the country voluntarily within a specified time frame. This allows the individual a chance to spend some time with family, make arrangements for themselves, and to leave under less stressful and hurried circumstances. However, if the person chooses not to leave the country as agreed, the bond is forfeit and the person subject to pursuit, incarceration, and forcible deportation.
- G4 – Order of Supervision Bond. This bond ensures that the individual complies with all conditions of the order of supervision and that he or she surrenders for removal.
Cost of Immigration Bonds
The cost of immigration bonds varies and is set by either ICE or an immigration judge. Various factors influence the amount of the immigration bond. These factors include:
- Immigration Status
- Criminal History
- Employment Situation
- Family Ties
The higher the flight risk, the higher the bond amount will likely be. The range for immigration bonds can run from $1,500 to $50,000 or more. Departure bonds are typically lower, often about $500.00. It is important to keep in mind that the government can take a long time, often up to a year, to return the bond amount to the person who posted it. This is just one reason that it makes sense to use the services of a bonding agency to post an immigration bond.
How to Pay for an Immigration Bond
To pay the Immigration Bond yourself on behalf of another person, you will need to work directly with the Department of Homeland Security. Navigating the bureaucracy of the DHS can be difficult and time-consuming, but can be done if you have the entire amount of the immigration bond available. To do so, you must locate an immigration office that accepts bonds, and then purchase a cashier's check or money order for the amount of the bond.
Once you've paid the bond in full, the money will be held by the BFC, the financial oversight department for ICE. The defendant's case will be completed when the aliens is allowed to remain in the United States or has left the US and provided proof of it.
Getting Your Money Back From the Government for Immigration Bonds
Once the case is completed, the bond will be canceled and an ICE form I-391 will be issued to the person who posted the bond. The Form 1-391 must be filed, along with the original ICE Form I-305, with the BFC in order to obtain a refund of the bond amount. If you don't have a copy of the original ICE Form I-305, you will need to submit a Form I-395, instead. The I-395 is an affidavit that requires a copy of your photo ID and notarization by a Notary Public.
Because immigration removal cases can take a long time, up to several years, to come to completion, many people prefer to have a bail bond agent or company post a bond on their behalf. Bail Bond Agencies like Mr. Good Guy Bail Bonds can post the bond for a flat fee. They worry about keeping track of receipts and filing paperwork at the appropriate time. This allows you to focus on helping your friend or loved one navigate the ICE process without tying up your resources unnecessarily.
Finding a Bondsman for Immigration Bonds
Mr. Nice Guy Bail Bonds is the #1 Bail Bond Company in Southern California and are licensed for Federal Immigration Bonds, as well as California State Appearance Bonds. Immigration bonds are somewhat different from the bail bonds required for local criminal charges. However, if any criminal charges were made at the time of arrest, a California state appearance bond would need to be made at the same time. Mr. Nice Guy can handle both types of bond and bail at the same time.
The rates for Federal Bonds range from 12% to 20%, depending on the charges and the amount of the bond required. The premium for appearance bonds is 10%, though discounts can be negotiated for people who have retained a private attorney, members of the military, and members of some other groups.
Collateral for Federal Immigration Bonds
Federal and Immigration Bonds require full collateral to cover the cost of the Immigration Bond. Credit cards, real estate, stocks, bonds, boats, airplanes, and in some cases, even vehicles, can be used as collateral for the Immigration Bond.
Mr. Nice Guy has a team of licensed professionals, including bilingual specialists, standing by to explain the Immigration Bond process and help you navigate the confusing world of bonds, collateral, and immigration bureaucracy to help get your friend or loved one home as soon as possible.
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- Notary Fees
- Travel Expenses
- Posting Fees
- Annual Premiums
- Late File Premiums
- Interest on Financing
- Processing Fees
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