Congratulations! An Immigration Judge in Boston just ordered the release of your friend or loved one with an immigration bond. He or she will be released from the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement soon after you post your immigration bond. As an attorney specializing in deportation defense, I routinely represent detained immigrants in Immigration Court in Boston. I can offer you the following suggestions to help make the process of posting an immigration bond a more hassle-free experience.
1. Call the immigration bond officer first at (781) 359-7670.
Before you drive to the immigration office in Burlington, Massachusetts to post your immigration bond, I strongly suggest that you call and speak to the immigration bond officer in charge of your friend or loved one. 781-359-7670 is a phone number that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has dedicated exclusively to immigration bond inquiries. All other immigration questions should be directed to the main phone number at 781-359-7500. By calling in advance, you’re putting the immigration bond officer on notice that you plan to post the bond. This extra step will give the immigration officer time to locate the file of the person detained and to do other preliminary work. As a result, the immigration bond will be confirmed faster and your friend or loved one will be released with less delay.
2. Who can post an immigration bond?
An immigration bond can only be posted by someone with U.S. citizenship, legal permanent resident (green card) status or other valid US immigration status.
3. What information do I need to post an immigration bond?
You will need the A number (alien registration number) of your friend or loved one and the address where he or she will live after being released from custody.
4. Where do you post an immigration bond in the Boston, Massachusetts area?
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO)
10 New England Executive Park
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
Main number: 781-359-7500
Immigration Bond Inquiries: 781-359-7670
5. When can I post an immigration bond in the Boston?
Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:45 PM (EST). I recommend that you arrive early in the day.
6. What form of payment are accepted for posting an immigration bond?
Immigration bonds must be posted using a bank check or money order made payable to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Do not abbreviate or use acronyms. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must be spelled out in full in your check or money order or your payment will not be accepted. You cannot pay an immigration bond using cash or a personal check.
7. What forms of ID are required for posting an immigration bond?
In order to post an immigration bond, you will need a driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued photo ID. You will also need to bring your original Social Security Card or Social Security Form SSA-2458. If you are a US citizen, bring your original certificate of naturalization or US passport. If not, you must bring your alien resident card (green card) or valid, unexpired work permit (EAD card, Employment Authorization Document).