After being granted Withholding of Removal by the immigration judge, I contacted DHS to have my bond cancelled. I was told that bond will not be cancelled unless I leave the country or change my immigration status. I've never heard of such thing before. Are they even allowed by law to hold my bond even after I appeared before the judge for all court hearings and was granted withholding of removal?
Yes, they are. Withholding of Removal means that you cannot be deported
to the Country in which the Court prohibited your deportation (usually
this is your home country). It does not mean that you cannot be
deported to another country that is willing to accept you, or to that
country from deportation was withheld in the future if country
conditions change. Hence ICE can keep the bond open in case it wants
the obligor to present you for deportation at a later date.
Have you spoken with the bond department at USCIS/EOIR? Sometimes the local office may be difficult. I would first speak with the attorney who helped you get WOR. It seems that they should cancel the bond, since with WOR you are now in legal status. Perhaps your attorney can make a motion in immigration court by which the Immigration Judge can order the bond cancelled.
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