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When You Need An Experienced Immigration Deportation Attorney Most


Immigration Bonds (Detention Bonds and Voluntary Departure Bonds)

INA Section 236 authorizes the Attorney General, in his discretion, to release a foreign national that is in detention, pending removal proceedings.  There are two types of immigration bonds. Delivery Bonds (sometimes refer to as “Detention Bonds”) are a form of federal bond that are typically set for detainees held by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pending a removal or deportation hearing and for future court appearances. Voluntary Departure Bonds are immigration bonds in which the foreign national deposits into the court to ensure the departure of said person within the 90 days, or 120 days in rare circumstances, voluntary departure period.

Immigration bonds are similar to other state and federal bonds in that they are designed to guarantee the appearance of the foreign national at a removal proceeding and any other required appearances.  Bonds posted for immigration charges are also subject to immediate forfeiture should the detained individual not appear in immigration court. Unlike state and federal bonds in a criminal proceeding, the only release options for INS detainees are (1) cash bond paid directly to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or (2) present a surety bond through a bail bondsman licensed to handle immigration bonds.  Immigration bondsmen have additional requirements and must file special applications with the Department of Homeland Security. 

To apply for a Delivery Bond (Detention Bond), the Houston Immigration Deportation Lawyers and the Houston Immigration Removal Attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham will file an application and request the immigration judge at the time of the Master Calendar Hearing.  If the court denies the Delivery Bond Request, our Houston Deportation Defense Attorneys will contact the Local ICE office and make such request with the Field Office Director.  The Director would schedule a date in which an Adjudication Officer would review documents and evidence and make a conclusive determination based on the evidence. To apply for Voluntary Departure and for Voluntary Departure Bond, the Houston Immigration Bond Attorneys and the Houston Deportation Bond Lawyers will make such requests at your “Merit Hearing.” 

Our North Houston Immigration Attorneys will work with your family, friends, relatives, and the community to obtain evidence to show that you (1) do not pose a risk to society or the security risk to the U.S. government; (2) will not be a flight-risk; and (3) your release would be in the best interest of the public (community).  The ability for our Houston Immigration Deportation Defense attorneys to present these arguments largely relies on open communication with you, your family, your community leaders, and your employer.  Should you or your friends and relatives have any questions regarding bonds, please feel free to contact our Houston Immigration Bonds Lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham 


Immigration Law is a vast area of law and every situation is unique. You should NOT rely on the limited information on this general site in replacing a personal consultation with an experienced Houston Immigration Lawyer. There may be legal issues, depending on the facts and circumstances, in which you may not be aware. Please feel free to give us a call at 713-517-6645, or to contact us online, for more information. Call the Houston Immigration Attorneys and the Spring Houston Naturalization Lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham today at 713-517-6645 or complete our Contact Form.