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Freedom from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment is a fundamental human right, protected under the Human Rights Act 1998, and is legally enforceable throughout the UK.

At UK Immigration Solicitors, we understand the importance of safeguarding this right. If you or someone you know has been detained, we are here to help. Our dedicated team is committed to assisting you and will strive to secure your release from detention as promptly as possible.

Our Legal Services Include:

  • Requesting the Home Office to release the detainee on Temporary Admission (TA), taking into account individual circumstances.
  • In cases where the Home Office refuses to grant Temporary Admission, we will act upon the detainee’s instructions and lodge an application for Immigration Judge’s bail.
  • Communicating with the sureties and guiding them on their role in facilitating the detainee’s release from detention.
  • Preparing the bail bundle and ensuring it is sent to all relevant parties.
  • Engaging an experienced and highly skilled Barrister to represent you before the Tribunal.
  • Providing a clear explanation of the further options available to the detainee if the Immigration Judge denies bail.


UK Immigration Detention Centres

The UK is home to several Immigration Removal Centres (IRC’s). These are also commonly referred to as Detention Centres. These facilities are similar to mainstream prisons and are used by the UK Government to place people who they suspect do not have a legal right to stay in the UK, or whose legal right to be in the UK is still to be decided, while they try to remove or deport them to their ‘home country’.


Although immigration detention is an administrative process, it can often seem like a criminal procedure. UK Immigration Solicitors assists detainees held at any of the detention centres listed below.

Brook House, Gatwick Morton Hall, Lincolnshire
Campsfield House, Oxfordshire Tinsley House, Gatwick
Colnbrook, Middlesex Yarl’s Wood, Bedfordshire
Dungavel House, South Lanarkshire Pennine House, Manchester
Harmondsworth, Middlesex Larne House, Antrim


The UK Government believes that it is right to lock people up in order to make sure they do not go missing before they are removed from the UK. UK Immigration Solicitors is strongly against this view as we believe that detention is only warranted in extreme cases and that those awaiting Home Office removals/decisions should be treated with respect and dignity rather than contempt and suspicion.

Speak to our assessment team now to confirm your eligibility and options for free on +44 (0)20 3384 4389.

Further Information

Reasons for detention

There are various reasons why somebody may be detained for immigration purposes.

Common detainees include;

  • Foreign nationals who have been stopped at the border from entering the UK.
  • Foreign nationals who have been arrested in the UK, because they do not have a valid visa.
  • Foreign nationals who have been in prison for a crime, and have finished the custodial part of their sentence.
  • Foreign nationals who have claimed asylum or who have applied for permission to remain in the UK, and are waiting for a decision.
  • Foreign nationals who have been refused asylum or permission to remain in the UK, and are waiting to be removed.

There may be other reasons why you have been detained. The Home Office must tell you the reasons why you have been detained at the time of your detention. This is on a form called an IS91R. If you have not been given one, ask the Home Office to give it to you.

Time limits for detention

Unfortunately, there is no specific time limit on immigration detention. Whilst some people spend a few weeks in detention, sadly we are increasingly seeing cases where detainees are held for long periods of time often running into years depending on complexity. This is quite often the case when detainees are assessed as posing a risk to the public or when there are complications in returning someone to their country of origin.

In particular, if you fall into the following categories, it is very important you seek immediate assistance:

  • You have been made aware that the Home Office is intending to remove you from the UK.
  • You are under the age of 18 and are having difficulty proving this.
  • You are suffering from mental health problems
  • You are a victim of torture

Ways to get out of detention

There are four main routes that can be used to get you released from immigration detention:

Home Office Bail – This is a paper based consideration only. Essentially, you are asking for the Home Office to reconsider its decision to detain you and are asking to be released on bail.

If your main immigration or asylum case is successful – If the Home Office have approved your original application and granted you permission to stay in the UK, you should be released from detention as the authority to hold you is no longer valid.

You should be aware however that if the Home Office intend to appeal this decision and feel that you will go missing if released on bail, they may still keep you in detention whilst the appeal is heard.

Bail from an immigration judge (Tribunal bail) – If you have been in the UK for a period of at least 8 days, you have a legal right for Tribunal Bail. Tribunal Bail is the term given to the process of being released from detention by an immigration judge often subject to certain conditions. It is the immigration judge’s job to independently assess the Home Office’s arguments of keeping you detained are strong enough.

Release by the High Court 
The High Court of Justice (usually known as the High Court) is one of the Senior Courts for England and Wales. Often, we challenge Home Office decisions at the High Court through the process of Judicial Review. If we are able to argue that the Home Office has detained you without following the law correctly, we may be able to argue that your detention is unlawful and therefore you should be released immediately.

It is important to note that the Judicial Review process only concerns the legality of the process as apposed to whether the outcome was correct. This is a particularly complex area of law and requires an experienced specialist to present a compelling application for Judicial Review.

When bail isn't the best option

Sometimes, it may not be advisable to make a bail application for you, for example:

  • You are trying to get you out of detention through another route.
  • You are waiting for a change in your case to be processed/notified (especially when you have already had a bail application refused)
  • You are unable to provide financial guarantees or don’t have suitable accommodation.
  • You have ‘Removal Directions’ (i.e. the Home Office has already notify you that you will be removed from the UK).

Financial Guarantor/Supporters

Although not a strict requirement, having a financial supporter will increase your chances of getting bail in most circumstances.

A financial supporter/guarantor acts to support your application for bail. This person volunteers to ensure that you meet your bail conditions and also promises an amount of money to the court which will be lost if you break your bail conditions.

Who can be a Financial Guarantor/Supporters?

Anyone who is legally in the UK can act as a financial supporter. Generally speaking, financial supporters should be employed. However, if the supporter is not employed, they must be able to demonstrate that they have enough money. In order for the supporter to add credibility to your case, they must know you personally and be able to demonstrate that your belief and support of the bail application is justified.

How much money must the financial supporter promise?

There is no minimum amount. Bearing in mind that the money will be lost if the detainee breaches their bail conditions, the financial supporter should not promise more money that they can afford to lose. This will vary between different people depending on their financial circumstances. The financial supporter must be able to show that the money is their personal funds and they can spend it as they wish. The money must also have been in a UK bank account for a minimum period of 90 days. If the financial supporter is unable to produce the last three months bank statements, payslips may be accepted as an alternative. If the detainee complies with their bail conditions, and the bail period comes to an end either because stay is granted or ultimately refused, the financial support will not lose the funds.

If you comply with all of the conditions of your release If you do not comply with the conditions of your release If you are granted permission to stay within the UK or are removed from the country
Your financial supporter will not be required to give money to the Tribunal or to Home Office. The Home Office or the Tribunal will take the appropriate steps to recover the money owed from your financial supporter. Your financial supporter’s responsibility to you ends and they are no longer at any financial risk.
If you comply with all of the conditions your of release
Your financial supporter will not be required to give money to the Tribunal or to Home Office.
If you do not comply with the conditions of your release
The Home Office or the Tribunal will take the appropriate steps to recover the money owed from your financial supporter.
If you are granted permission to stay within the UK or are removed from the country
Your financial supporter’s responsibility to you ends and they are no longer at any financial risk.

Why bail is refused

There are three main reasons why bail is refused:

  • 1. The judge believes that the detainee will go missing if released on bail.
  • 2. The judge believes that the detainee will be removed very soon and granting bail would prevent this.
  • 3. It the detainee has a criminal conviction, the judge may believe that the prisoner will re-offend and therefore refuse fail.

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  • Our immigration specialists carry out a free detailed assessment with you to understand your circumstances and needs.
  • The collated information is then reviewed by a senior immigration solicitor who will have no less than 8 years’ immigration experience.
  • Based on the information collected, the senior solicitor will then confirm what your options are and will also confirm if we are able to help you.
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  • If we have officially taken your instructions, we will create a client file for you and collect detailed initial information.
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  • The senior solicitor who carried out your legal consultation will then send you detailed written legal advice explaining everything that needs to be done and which documents will be required as part of the process. We will tell you about any problem areas and formulate a strategy to overcome/mitigate these.
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What is Free Needs Assessment?

If you have an immigration related problem or question, you can have a free assessment with a member of our assessments team.

The assessor will establish why you are calling and what you are looking for assistance with. The assessor will ask you a series of questions to determine your circumstances in relation to your objectives.

The assessment is 100% private and confidential. As we are a private law firm, we work with our clients to overturn Government decisions daily. We do not share any information with any third party.

Although the assessor will be a trained immigration specialist, they are not solicitors and therefore will not give you detailed legal advice or guidance.

If you want to establish what your options are and the best way forward for you, your assessor will collate the necessary information and then speak with one of the resident senior solicitors at the firm to determine what your options are, if and how we could assist and confirm whether we would be prepared to take your case. If we can assist, you will be provided with an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation which is a single legal fee to cover the firms cost of representation agreed from the outset and binding for all parties.

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Please note, UK Immigration Solicitors are a private law firm and are not part of the Government. We do not accept legal aid instructions. Although we are happy to assist genuine callers, we are not a directory service and sadly are unable to provide you with Government telephone numbers.

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