In Part 1 of our series, our Immigration Law Attorney Nicole Babcock explained the process for securing a bond when your loved one is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Here, Nicole discusses what happens after an immigration judge grants bond:
Once a bond amount has been set, you can go to your local ICE office and pay the bond as long as you have legal immigration status.
In Atlanta, Georgia, bond payments can be made at the ICE, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) office, located at the following address:
180 Spring Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
The ICE/ERO office is generally open from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, but you should arrive no later than 3:00pm to allow time for the bond payment to be processed.
What do I need to bring with me?
When you go to the ICE office, make sure to bring with you:
1. A copy of the order of the immigration judge granting the bond (if your friend or family member was granted bond by an immigration judge);
2. Payment in the form of a money order or bank check made out to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security.” ICE will not accept personal checks or cash.
What if I can’t pay the entire immigration bond?
If you cannot pay the entire bond amount, you can request the assistance of an immigration bond company.
How long will it be before my friend or family member is released from detention?
When you are going through the process of paying the immigration bond, please be patient. You will likely have to wait several hours for the bond to be processed. Your family member should be released from detention within 24 hours of the bond being processed, if not the same day.
Contact the family immigration law attorneys at Antonini and Cohen
The attorneys at Antonini and Cohen have helped secure freedom from detention for many foreign nationals via fair and affordable bonds. To schedule a consultation today, call us at 404.523.8141 or click here to complete our contact form.
At Antonini & Cohen, we have been providing energetic, effective and aggressive representation in all areas of American immigration law since 1991.