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How Long is The Immigration Hold Process?
Most immigration holds are issued in conjunction with a criminal hold. Meaning you where found to not be a U.S. citizen AFTER you were arrested for a suspected crime. An ICE hold (a.k.a. ICE form I-247, Immigration Detainer- Notice of Action).
An ICE hold lasts for 48 hours, not including Sundays or holidays. This means that the detainee can expect to spend 48 hours in lock up, which gives ICE time to arrive and transport the detainee to an ICE detention facility. If it has been longer than 48 hours, contact the ICE Joint Intake Center at 1-877-2INTAKE (877-246-8253) immediately.
The immigration hold process begins with a bond hearing. You can be denied an immigration bond if you are considered a flight risk, which is called a mandatory detention. If you are granted the ability to get an immigration bond, the judge will set an immigration bond amount, which is a minimum of $500 for a departure bond or $1,500 for a delivery bond and a maximum of $10,000. Learn the difference between departure and delivery bonds her [LINK TO BLOG 4]. Judges MUST factor in the “ability to pay” when setting an immigration bond amount which matters if the bond is unusually high.
Maximum Jail Sentences for Immigration Convictions
Immigrants, with no significant criminal history, who are caught illegally re-entering the U.S. can face up to 2 years in jail for immigration offenses.
Kate’s Law was passed in June 2017, which states that an immigrant with a significant criminal record (violent felony) who illegally re-enters the United States shall face up to 25 years’ time in jail for an immigration offense. 
Immigration Bonds and Same Day Release
Immigrants can remain in detention, awaiting a trail, for months. Each case is handled individually, and some states are more backed up than others.
Immigration bail bonds in Texas could be the only way to guarantee a same day release and any hopes of keeping a job and supporting a family while awaiting trial. When immigrants spend time in jail for immigration offenses, they are sacrificing the time they could be using to make a case for their citizenship approval.