You may be able to secure the release
of an alien who has been detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if you post a bond for the alien.
A bond is a contract between the person or company posting the
bond (the obligor) and the ICE. ICE may make a demand on the obligor to have the alien
appear for a hearing, interview or removal from the country. ICE
will do this by sending the obligor a Form I-340 (Notice
to Obligor to Deliver Alien). If the alien does not show up for
ICE interviews or depart the country on time, the person posting
the bond will have breached the contract with ICE and may lose
the money or collateral paid for the bond. Two types of bonds
are discussed below: Delivery Bond and Voluntary Departure Bond.
Please note: Not all ICE field offices accept bonds. Please see our
field offices home
page for more information on local office procedures.
A person who is arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is issued a Warrant of Arrest (Form I-205) and
a Notice of Custody Conditions (Form I-286) may be eligible for a delivery
bond. The amount of a delivery bond should be sufficient to
ensure that the alien will appear for any future immigration proceedings.
In order to be considered for bond, the alien must be eligible
(see the Code of Federal Regulations at 8
CFR § 236.1) and demonstrate to the satisfaction
of the immigration officer that such release would not pose a
danger to property or persons, and that the alien is likely to
appear for any future proceedings.
Voluntary Departure Bond
An alien who is allowed to depart the country voluntarily after
being placed in removal proceedings (or in lieu of such proceedings)
has been granted Voluntary Departure. The Immigration Judge may,
and, in some cases, must, require that someone post a bond in
an amount that will ensure that the alien departs the United
States within the time specified.
How Do I Post a Bond?
There are two ways to post a bond after ICE determines that an
alien is eligible for a delivery bond ($1500 minimum) or is granted
Voluntary Departure with bond ($500 minimum): Cash Bond and Surety
Bond. A cash bond and a surety bond are two methods of
posting either a delivery bond or a voluntary departure bond.
A cash bond must be paid directly to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Please contact your local
ICE field office for more information on contacting local
ICE offices and local procedures and hours of operation.
When a cash bond is posted, it must be for the full amount of
the bond, and in one of the following four forms:
- MONEY ORDER
- CASHIER'S CHECK
- U.S. BONDS or NOTES
There is no provision for paying a percentage of the cash bond,
and no form of collateral outside of the four mentioned above
will be accepted for a cash bond.
To post a surety bond you must work through a private company
rather than ICE. You can find the names and addresses of agents
who will post surety bonds for immigration purposes in the yellow
pages. Usually they are located in the general vicinity of ICE
offices which accept bonds. Sometimes, but not always, these companies
also post criminal bail bonds. Their requirements for collateral
and premiums vary, and ICE does not recommend any one company
over another. Your local
ICE office may, however, be able to provide you with the
names of agents in that area who will post surety bonds.
What information is Required for Posting a Bond?
The following information is required for posting a bond:
- Alien Name
- Alien Registration Number
- Name of the facility where the alien is being held
- Alien's home address
- Alien's date of birth
- Alien's country of birth
- Bond Amount
- Name of the person posting the bond
- Valid address for the person posting the bond
- Valid Social Security Number for the person posting the bond
- Valid phone number for the person posting the bond
- Acceptable form of identification
Any one of the following are acceptable forms of identification:
- Permanent Resident Card
- Passport with appropriate stamps
- Valid driver's license
- State identification with proof of immigration status
It is your responsibility to ensure that all information you provide
to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is accurate and
up to date. All notices for interviews and court appearances will
be sent to the alien's address that you provide us. Failure of
the bonded alien to appear upon demand by the ICE
could result in the bond being breached.
Can Anyone Help Me?
If advice is needed, you may contact the ICE Field Office near
your home for a list of community-based, non-profit organizations
that may be able to assist you. Please see our field offices home page for more information on contacting
ICE offices. In addition, please see our Webpage that provides
information on how to obtain free
How Do I Receive a Refund for A Cash Bond?
When immigration bonds for which cash is posted as collateral are cancelled, the obligor is notified by ICE through a Form I-391 (Notice - Immigration Bond Cancelled). The obligor
is instructed to file for a refund of the principal and any accrued interest. While ICE makes every effort to notify obligors of their eligibility for a refund, not all refunds are claimed.
When cash bonds are breached, ICE notifies the obligor through a Form I-323 (Notice - Immigration Bond Breached). ICE is entitled to keep the principal amount from breached bonds. However, the
obligor is entitled to receive a payment of accrued interest.
If you have posted a cash bond as an obligor and believe that you are owed monies by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement pertaining to a cancelled (principal
plus interest) or breached (interest only) immigration bond, please follow these instructions:
- If you have the original bond receipt (Form I-305) and your copy of the bond contract (Form I-352), mail these documents to the address listed below.
- If you do not have the original receipt (Form I-305), please complete Form I-395 (Affidavit in Lieu of Lost Receipt of United States Immigration and Naturalization Service for Collateral Accepted as Security) and mail a notarized original to the address listed below. Include a copy of the bond contract (Form I-352) if you have it.
Please forward bond documents or questions to:
Debt Management Center
Attention: Bond Unit
P.O. Box 5000
Williston, VT 05495-5000
Telephone: (802) 288-7600
Facsimile: (802) 288-1226