Getting help from BID

  • Bail for Immigration Detainees is a small non-governmental organisation.
  • We are not part of the Home Office or the Detention Centres.
  • We believe that everyone has the right to liberty.
  • We help people in detention to challenge their detention and gain their freedom.
  • Generally, BID's caseworkers cannot prepare applications for asylum or immigration status, or help you reverse a decision that you will be removed from the UK. However, in 2014 BID began a small Deportation Advice Project, which provides free legal advice and representation to people who are challenging their deportation - click here for details
  • You can contact our offices by phone or fax to get advice on how to apply for bail. If you are a detainee and have no phone credit, we will call you back.You can call BID's helpline from Monday to Thursday between 10am and 12 midday on 020 7456 9750.
  • We run workshops in some Detention Centres to teach detainees how to make their own bail applications. Contact our offices or the Welfare Officer in your centre to get more information about BID workshops.
  • We represent some detainees at bail hearings for free. Because we are a small organisation we can only do this for a very small number of detainees. If you have children outside detention, have serious health problems or have been detained for over a year, we will try to help you as a priority.

Helpline for detainees

Tel: 020 7456 9750
Fax: 020 3745 5226

Helpline open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 12 midday


020 7456 9762 (Monday to Friday)
Please note, it is not possible to get information or advice via this number.

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