What is immigration detention?
Under the UK immigration detention policy, detention is the practice of holding people while they wait for permission to enter or before they are removed from the country.
Detainees have not necessarily committed a criminal offence. The Home Office usually proceeds with the detention in the following cases:
- When it is believed that an individual will escape if released;
- When a person’s identity needs to be established;
- When a person’s removal from the UK is imminent.
It must be noted that this is an administrative process, meaning that the decision to grant bail for immigration detainees is made by an immigration official. However, if your bail application is refused, you can ask a judge to review your case.
Getting out of detention without professional help can be very difficult. For this reason, it is advisable to seek immigration bail guidance from an experienced immigration lawyer.
At IAS, we provide reliable and dedicated detainee support. In addition, we offer guidance on detainee visit requests for families.