The Mulder Law Office
United States Immigration Law

Since 1987
30 Years Experience

Kyndra L. Mulder

(904) 296-7702

We Practice ONLY Immigration Law

Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, and Palm Coast, Florida.

Immigration Hold and Detention

A. What does, “Immigration Hold,” mean?

B. Immigration Hold on an Undocumented Person.

C. Immigration Hold as a Result of a Criminal Record or Recent Arrest.

D. Immigration Hold due to an Outstanding Removal Order.

E. Immigration detention.

F. Can The Mulder Law Office Help Me?


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holdWhat does, “Immigration Hold,” mean?

An Immigration Hold is placed on a person – in state or federal custody – who the federal government wants to deport. By filing the Immigration Hold the federal government is notifying the jail not to release the person but to transfer custody from the current facility to ICE upon the completion of the criminal case for which he or she is being held. A person with an Immigration hold has certain rights depending on their individual situation. Contact us to discuss the individual situation.


Immigration Hold on an undocumented person

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) checks the jail log on a regular basis. They are looking for undocumented person or persons with expired status who have been taken into custody. ICE will place an Immigration hold on those who fall into these categories . This means that once the criminal matter for which you were detained is disposed of you will be transferred from state or federal custody to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE).

handcuffsThe common scenario for the undocumented person and the person with an expired visa is a traffic stop. The immigrant is unable to provide a valid drivers license which leads to arrest , jail and an immigration hold. However, an immigration hold may be placed on you if you are arrested for any reason as an undocumented alien or overstay. Contact us to discuss the individual situation.

CAUTION: Do not post bail for a criminal charge if you have an immigration hold. You will not be released from custody and you will loose any fee you have paid for the bond.


Immigration Hold as a Result of a Criminal Record or Charge

chargesImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) checks the jail log regularly for persons who have been booked into the jail and charged with a crime that if convicted he may be deported for. A Permanent Resident can be deported for some crimes. A person with a valid visa may be deported for some crimes. If you or someone you know is in this situation you may want to read our page on criminal defense for the immigrant. When in this situation it is very important that you contact an attorney who is knowledgeable in immigration law.


Immigration Hold due to an Outstanding Removal Order

If there is a prior removal order against you ICE will place a hold on you. You will not be eligible for ICE bond and you may not be entitled to go in front of an immigration judge before being removed from the United States. You need to contact us immediately if you have any desire to remain in the United States.


Immigration Detention

If you have a loved one who is in jail with an immigration hold or being detained in an immigration facility it is very important that you contact us immediately.

  • 200294162-001Advise your loved one NOT to sign any document without first contacting us.
  • A person being held in immigration detention is entitled to a bond hearing under most circumstances.
  • A person being held in an immigration facility is entitled to an attorney at their own expense.

You will find additional relevant information on this subject on the following pages of our website: Bond, and Deportation and Removal Defense, and Criminal Defense.


legal-helpCan The Mulder Law Office Help Me?

Your friend or loved one is in jail. You have been instructed not to post bond for him/her because they will not be released anyway – there is an immigration hold on them. The immigration Hold is placed on the person usually by Immigration and Customs Enforcement which is the enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security. The agency is Federal; a part of the United States Government and not the State government. When your friend or loved one has an immigration hold we can help you regardless of the state where your loved one is being held. Call us to discuss your situation and possible alternatives in resolving the situation.

The Mulder Law Office does not accept collect calls including calls from jails or detention facilities unless prior arrangements have been made.



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