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At US Immigration Bonds & Insurance Services, we are immigration bail bondsmen who work with people of varying immigration statuses. Besides getting questions like “what is an immigration bond?”, we also receive questions regarding various challenges that immigrants face.  We will focus on everything you want to know about housing and immigration status.

Can I Rent if I am Illegal?

While you can rent as an illegal immigrant, it is much harder to do so when you do not have the proper legal documents. Landlords will be unable to run a background check or the credit score of potential tenants who are illegal. Consequently, many illegal immigrants will face obstacles such as paying high security deposits or living in bad areas.

Can I Buy a Home if I am Illegal?

Buying a home as an illegal immigrant is tough. There are a lot of legal obstacles for illegal immigrants to become homeowners. While there is no law against it, owning a home requires resources or legal documents that many illegal immigrants do not have. One way some illegal immigrants have been able to buy a home is with the help of Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN). Getting an ITIN can lead to ITIN loans and an ITIN mortgage. These can help make the dream of home ownership a reality, but they usually come with higher interest rates. Another option may be to pay in cash, which is unrealistic for many people.

What are my Property Rights as an Illegal? Can My Home Be Searched?

The fourth amendment of the United States Constitution focuses on people’s rights to privacy 1. Its purpose is to protect people from unlawful searches and seizures including in their home. Although they are not citizens, illegal immigrants still have the protection of these amendments. In order to search your home, they would need a warrant or “reasonable cause” that could hold up in court.

Will My Landlord Get in Trouble if I am an Illegal Alien?

While there are no national laws regarding having illegal aliens as tenants, there are some local and state laws that have severe penalties for doing so. Your landlord should be familiar with the laws in their area to prevent legal trouble.

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal to for landlords to discriminate against people based on their ethnicity 2. Landlords also must ask for the same documentation from all of their applicants. This practice prevents landlords from discriminating against people based on their ethnicity and suspected immigration status.

At US Immigration Bonds & Insurance Services, we focus on bail bonds for immigration, but we understand the challenges that immigrants face and will do our best to keep you updated on changes in housing and immigration status.

 

Sources:
  1. The United States Constitution- 4th Amendment
  2. The United States Department of Justice- Fair Housing Act

 

Additional Readings:
Fedelin Celestin
Fedelin Celestin
04:28 04 Jul 17
The best company ever. They same day I did sign all the paper work the same day they make sure my cousin release. They make everything easy for me. Thank you very much team of us immigration bonds.
Naele Gilchrist
Naele Gilchrist
23:28 31 Oct 16
US immigration bonds were absolutely the best they were super professional. When I was down and out when my husband was detained by immigration they were very caring , knowledgeable, and patient. I called them a thousand times and they were very empathic and helpful everytime I called. they reassures me that everything would be fine, and that they would help me my husband, and my children be reunited again. They did everything they could to get me a same day release. They exceeded my expectations. I would not recommend any company other than US immigration bonds. Us immigration bonds, under promises and over fulfills. They were a true blessing ! Thank you so much again.read more
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
19:11 05 Nov 14
Jeremy Wolf and his agency have been a terrific resource for me as I delve into this foreign world of bonding a friend out of jail so he and his wife can work on his case on the "outside." Jeremy has been unfailingly polite and informative and his video regarding how to complete the necessary forms was a valuable tool too. The entire process was quick and relatively easy. I especially appreciated not having to deal with a jaded, impatient, figure--it-out-yourself kind of person when I was treading in really unfamiliar territory. My questions were always answered quickly and efficiently.I highly recommend this company in your time of need for quick, efficient and professional service with no attitude or delay.read more
Lashae Crowford
Lashae Crowford
22:29 09 Jan 18
very Helpful!! thank you
Patricia Howerton
Patricia Howerton
00:56 18 Nov 15
Jeremy Wolf, is compassionate and understanding. He has been there and done it with his own family, and together with his wife they dedicate their time and energy into helping other families come together. I know this because my husband was taken by ICE and his bond was set much higher than I could have imagined, having in my hands at any given time. ... With Jeremy, his wife and the rest of the team we were able to piece together the required 80% and set up a affordable and convient payment plan. It was a grueling process, at times I felt like I was going to loose all my hair, as I ran around selling homemade tamales, and had various other fund raisers going on, along with my husband being detained, I lost my home, my dog and my daughter and I pushed forward with the help and support of Jeremy and his team, if It wasn't for there hours of help and dedication, to put a previous bond for my nephew into action to help my husband, we wouldn't have been able to have him home for the Holidays. ... To Jeremy, Veronica, and Amber, who I spoke with often, and the other parts of the team who I was unable to catch their names, I THANK YOU, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!read more
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