If your visa has expired or has been cancelled and you have remained in the UK without making an application for a new one, the Home Office will consider you in breach of UK immigration laws. If this happens, the Home Office may take serious action, detaining you in a detention centre or prison.

If left unresolved, you may then be removed from the UK and, in extreme cases, be banned from re-entering the UK for a period of up to 10 years.

If you or someone you know has been detained by the Home Office, it is highly advisable that you seek the help of a legal expert immediately. With our urgent immigration bail package, our specialist immigration lawyers can visit you to provide immediate legal advice, arrange family visitations, assess your next steps and make bail arrangements. Get in touch for free on 0333 363 8577 to discuss how we can help arrange bail for immigration detainees in further detail.

FAQs

Someone I know has been arrested and placed in detention. How can you help?

Our Deportation/Detention Application Package offers a comprehensive service where we provide emergency advice to the individual detained and undertake and manage an application on their behalf.

This package includes:

  • Visiting the person at the detention center and taking detailed instructions about their circumstances
  • Providing tailored advice on the various options available to them and the expected time frames
  • Discussing and checking the information required to complete the relevant application form(s)
  • Completing the application form(s)
  • Collating and checking the documentation required to support application
  • Advising on any application fees and which application to make, such as claiming asylum
  • Producing a detailed representation letter outlining the circumstances and merits of their application with reference to any relevant legislation and case law in support of your case
  • Submitting the letter, the completed form(s) and supporting documentation to the relevant authority
  • Arranging payment of any application fees
  • Applying for bail to an immigration judge

How soon will you visit the detained individual?

We will aim to visit the individual in the detention centre as soon as possible. This may depend on lawyer availability and detention centre/prison visiting hours.

Our aim is to help them as soon as possible by beginning work on their application immediately. We will also apply for bail to allow them to go home as opposed to being held in the detention centre.

Although there is no guarantee of bail being granted, we have a high success rate in bail being granted to our clients.

What is the likely outcome?

This is impossible to say, each client’s circumstances will determine the outcome of their case.

Factors such as a criminal record, repeated overstaying of visas etc may have a negative impact on the case.

A full assessment of the chances of success with an application will be provided when the lawyer meets the client for the Advice Session.

What should I do if I am detained at the airport in the UK?

Many people detained at UK immigration will only be held for a couple of hours for a more thorough examination by immigration officials.

If you are refused entry to the UK at the airport and you decide to appeal the decision, you may be taken to an immigration detention centre while your appeal is processed.

IAS can provide help at any point during your detention, including at the airport. We can provide support within 24 hours of your first contact with us. We can help you submit your appeal and give it the best chance of success possible.

More information on what happens at the UK border and what to do if you’re refused entry to the UK at the airport.

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Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline

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Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals

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