Immigration court proceedings don’t always take place right away. When someone is found in the country illegally, they may be placed in the custody of U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
There are two strategies to remove a person who is in the country illegally from a detention center:
You can use various tactics to find and help a loved one or family member being detained in an immigration detention center. Different rules may apply if they are a minor, a child without their parents, or other circumstances. Immigration law and the immigration judge determine how different situations are handled.
If your loved one was arrested and detained by ICE, you can enter their information on ICE’s website to find out where they are.
It helps if the detained person has an Alien Number (A #), which are found on work permits or green cards. If you do not have it, you will need the detainee’s:
Also, you can find contact information on ICE’s website for field offices across the U.S.
A sponsor is a citizen or legal resident of the United States who:
ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires sponsors to:
As a sponsor, you must write a letter detailing how you know the person and why they deserve to be released and remain in the U.S.
You must write the letter in English (it may be translated, but the translator must fill out a translation certificate).
Make it clear you intend to support the person you are seeking to sponsor. Mention you’ll provide secure transportation for future appointments and hearings related to the immigration case and all the positive characteristics of the detainee. In addition, it should include the following:
Yes, as long as the loved one you are sponsoring appears in court when they should. You can get the money back whether they are deported or receive permanent residence in the U.S.
If you only paid part of the bond and hired an agent to pay most of the amount, you should know how much the agent’s commission is. That money will not be refunded to you. You will need to attend a bond hearing and understand the terms of the bond.
There are different options to achieve permanent resident status. An immigration attorney can review your loved one’s situation and discuss your options.
When it comes to immigration and whether you can live and work where you want, every detail matters. When the slightest paperwork error or missed deadline can mean years of delays, it is essential to do things right the first time. An experienced immigration lawyer can address your particular needs with immigration, and put you in the best position for a positive outcome. Take the first step now and contact a local immigration attorney to discuss your rights and specific situation.