My Family Member Is In Immigration Detention Hold, How Can I Get Him Out?


Mary Keyork
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For a detainee to be released from detention, the Immigration Division must be satisfied that the detainee is not a danger to Canadian society and will not be a flight risk. If you wish to assist your family member, you can present yourself as a bonds person at the detention review and present a cash bond or a performance bond. As a bonds person, you should demonstrate that you have a close relationship with the detainee, that you are completely aware of his immigration matters and that you will have a positive influence on him upon his release. A bonds person should be a Permanent Resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen and ideally, should be employed, have assets and have financial capability.

Once a person is detained, she/he is entitled first to a 48-hour detention review, then a seven-day detention review and finally, a detention review once a month. An early detention review can be requested if there is new information available.

It is best to have an immigration lawyer present at a detention review to make submissions in support of the release of the detainee.

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Mary Keyork provides Immigration Law services for hundreds of immigration applications in all categories and has appeared before all three divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as at the Federal Court of Canada, successfully representing clients in complex immigration applications and hearings.
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