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If detained, there are several different methods for requesting release. First, you could be eligible for release on bond, which means you pay a bond amount which is set by ICE or an immigration judge. You may also be eligible for release on recognizance and, if so, won’t have to pay a bond. This normally only happens for people with humanitarian reasons for release, such as a severe medical condition or being the sole caregiver to a young child.

No matter what, you will get a bond hearing in front of an immigration judge. Provide testimony and supporting letters from family members, employers, and community or religious leaders. You also could have a sworn declaration from a sponsor saying that he or she will house you and support you. If you have any past criminal conduct, have a statement explaining that conduct. Copies of your U.S. Birth Certificate or naturalization certificates or permanent residents cards of immediate relatives are also important to present if you have them.

Learn the ins and outs of US immigration law and remember that it's always preferable to consult with an immigration attorney if you are arrested by Immigration Customs.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.


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