Detention & Bail

Immigration Detention and Bail Applications:

The Home Office has the power to detain individuals when exercising immigration control. However, the Home Office also has the powers not to detain and to allow the individual to be in the UK on a temporary basis.

Detailed guidelines on how the ‘power to detain’ is to be exercised provided that:

  • There must be strong grounds for believing that an immigrant will not comply with the conditions of releases
  • Detention must be based on one of the statutory powers and accord with Home Office policy and with the limitations implied by domestic and human rights involved.
  • Detention must be used sparingly and for the shortest period necessary
  • Special consideration must be given to families and unaccompanied children.
  • Each case must be considered on its merits, including consideration of the duty to have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of any children involved

Detention is usually appropriate only

Persons unsuitable for detention:

The following categories of individuals are not considered suitable for immigration detention:

If you believe you or some detainee you know fits into any of the above categories, we can arrange for your or such detainee’s quick release. It may also be possible to claim compensation for the time that you or such detainee spent illegally in immigration detention.

Applying for Immigration Bail?

You can apply for bail if you are in an immigration removal centre, detention centre or prison.

You can always apply for bail if you are detained in an immigration removal centre or a detention centre.

Applying for Bail?

There are two routes through which a detainee can apply for immigration bail:

  • Through the Home Secretary (“Secretary of State bail!) any time after you arrive in the UK or detained in an immigration detention/removal centre
  • Through the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) if you have arrived more than eight days ago

It should be remembered that the Home Office has the same powers as the First-tier Tribunal to grant bail and manage the conditions of bail.

Circumstances when your bail grant chances are higher

You are more likely to receive bail under the following circumstances

  • You have a “Financial Condition Supporter [a surety] who will pay a reasonable amount of money if you don!t follow the conditions of your bail
  • You have a potential release address to live at
  • You have an outstanding immigration application or appeal

Circumstances when your Bail Grant chances are slimmer

  • If you have a precarious immigration history
  • You didn’t have suitable accommodation to stay at
  • You Have a criminal record
  • You have broken bail conditions in the past
  • You don’t have someone to act as a suitable ‘surety’ for you

Conditions for bail for immigration detainees:

If you are granted bail, conditions will be imposed on what you can and cannot do. The specific conditions will depend on the particular circumstances of the case. You must agree to be compliant with the conditions which are imposed on your bail.

Examples of conditions you may have to follow:

  1. Attend regular appointments or hearing
  2. Report regularly to an immigration official
  3. Wear an electronic monitoring tag

These restrictions can be put in place anywhere; where you live; work and studies that you may undertake.

You may have to accept a ‘financial condition’, which means that you or your financial supporter [surety] will have to promise to pay if there is a breach of the bail conditions.

You will have to face consequences if any of the bail conditions are breached or broken.

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