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First things first, try to calm down. It’s easier said than done, but trust me, stressing yourself out will only make things worse.  Once your family member is processed he or she will likely call you. Once they call you, be sure to collect from them their “A Number.” This is their unique alien registration number that is assigned to him/her and is the only form of identification used. Once you have the A number contact an attorney. If you have trouble getting the A number or your family member does not know what it is, let the attorney know. He or she may be able to locate it for you. Additionally, if you do not know where your family member is being detained, an attorney will be able to help you locate them. The first thing an attorney will do is gather information from you to see if your family member is eligible to be released from detention on bond. This determination will be based on your family member’s past immigration history, criminal record and if he or she is eligible for relief from removal.

If the attorney decides that your family member is eligible for bond, the attorney will prepare, file and attend the bond hearing on behalf of your family member, seeking the lowest bond possible from the Court. If approved for bond, your family member will be released from detention during the pendency of their removal case.  If your family member is denied bond or cannot be released on bond due to their record(s), the Attorney helps the family members in determining what relief the Client is eligible for and files such relief promptly. If the Client is released from bond, the attorney is able to sit and consult with the Client to see what relief he or she is eligible for and they come up with a plan of action to fight the deportation case. Depending on the type of relief the Client is eligible for, the Attorney can also file for the Client’s work permit, so that the Client is able to work legally and provide for him/herself during the removal proceedings.