If you request bond, a hearing date will be set in immigration court. It may take several weeks for the initial court date, or Master Calendar Hearing, to be set. This will be an important time for your immigration attorney to use to prepare and gather documentation for your family member’s bond hearing so it is important to contact an attorney quickly if you or your family member has been placed in immigration detention.
During a bond hearing an immigration judge will weigh factors like whether you are a flight risk or a danger to the community, your family ties in the United States, your property, employment history, and eligibility for relief from removal to decide if bond should be granted. Keep in mind that bond is entirely discretionary, and it is a decision that rests only with the immigration judge. The judge can consider criminal history and past immigration violations in making her decision to grant or deny your request. If your request is denied, it is possible to appeal the Immigration Judge’s decision.