Bail is a legal procedure available to any person who has been detained by the UK Border Agency, under the Immigration Acts, in a removal centre or prison for seven days or more.
It is an application to a court for release, usually under certain conditions. When a detainee makes an application for bail they are brought to an immigration court (the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal) where an independent Immigration Judge makes a decision on whether detention should be maintained. If bail is granted there will normally be certain conditions attached, for example, the Immigration Judge may require the person to live at a specified address and report to a Home Office centre or a police station at regular intervals. Electronic monitoring may also be a requirement.
Alternatively, a person in immigration detention may be released on bail by the UK Border Agency (by a chief immigration officer). Immigration bail, if granted, will also likely be subject to some conditions.
Our London-based immigration solicitors can assist in applying for bail or release.