Someone’s Been Detained

How to Post Bond

If your detained loved one is eligible for bond and one is granted by an immigration judge or by ICE, you have to follow specific instructions to post the bond for your loved one to be released.

If you are in NYC, you can follow these instructions to pay bond for your detained loved one:

  • Where: 26 Federal Plaza, Room 9-110, 9th floor, New York, NY 10278 or 970 Broad Street, 11th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

  • When: Open Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 3 pm. However, go to the bond office as early as possible. The process will take hours and they might not see you after 1:30 pm.

  • Who: You must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder) to pay bond. If you do not speak English, please bring someone who speaks English.

  • Payment for the bond:

    • ICE will not accept personal checks, so you should bring either a certified bank check or Postal Service money order(s):

      • If you decide to pay with a Certified Bank Check, it should be payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” for the exact bond amount. The name of the remitter (the person who is making the payment) on the check must be the name of the obligor (the person who tells ICE they will be responsible for the detained loved one after they are released);

      • If your loved one’s bond is $5,000 or less, you could also decide to pay with Certified US Postal Service money orders. ICE only accepts money orders in $1,000 amounts: for example: if the bond is $5,000, you need to bring five $1,000 money orders. If your loved one’s bond is more than $5,000, you need to pay with the certified bank check described above;

  • What should I bring:

    • Your loved one’s full name, date of birth, their country of birth, their “A” number; phone number and address where they will be released;

    • Proof of either your U.S. citizenship (passport, naturalization certificate or U.S. birth certificate) or lawful permanent resident status (green card);

    • A picture ID (if you only have a US passport you need to bring a proof of address);

    • Your social security card or tax ID number;

    • Proof of address (such as a NYS ID);

    • The name and address of the detention center where your loved one is held;

    • The name and telephone # of the person that will pick up your loved one from jail.

Once you pay bond, contact the detention facility where your loved one is detained to find out when they will be released. It is typically the same day.

If you live outside of NYC, look here for information about the closest ICE office to pay bond: