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How to get out of detention

Are you (or the individual) held in prison under immigration powers?

Are you facing deportation?

Do you require a travel document?

Have you been released from detention and need further guidance?


How to get out of detention

Anyone can apply for bail who is in immigration detention and has been in the UK for seven days. You cannot apply for bail if you have already had a bail application within the last 28 days (and your circumstances have not significantly changed).

Our self-help guide for detainees will guide you through the bail process so that you can apply for bail yourself.

For more information download:

BID self help guide to bail - How to get of detention

B1 Application form


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Are you (or the individual) held in prison under immigration powers?

For more information and specific guidance for individuals held in prison under immigration powers download:

Information for Immigration Detainees Held in Prisons

If you apply for release on immigration bail you must give the immigration tribunal an address where you plan to stay. If you are still under license, this address must be approved by the probation service. Please view the factsheet below explaining how to get this approval:

For more information download:

Probation Approval for Bail Address


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Are you facing deportation?

We have several factsheets that will provide you with information and advice specifically for you.

For more information download:

Deportation Appeals – Fees for Deportation Appeals

Exceptional Funding – Applying for Legal Aid in Deportation Cases

Deportation Appeals – Representing yourself in the First Tier Tribunal in an Article 8 Deportation Appeal


Are you an EU/EEA national facing deportation?

The following resources are tailored to you. For more information download:

Deportation Appeals – Deportation of EU and EAA Nationals

Deportation Appeals – EEA Nationals Length of Residence

Deportation Appeals – Challenging the Home Office decision to deport you before you can appeal (certification under EEA Regulation 33)


Are you a non EU/EEA national (Third Country National) facing deportation?

The following resources are tailored to you. For more information download:

Deportation Appeals – A Basic Overview for non-EEA nationals

Deportation Appeals – Preparing your Article 8 Deportation Appeal

Deportation Appeals – Challenging the Home Office decision to deport you before you can appeal (certification under Regulation 94B)


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Do you require a travel document?

The information below explains the consequences of both cooperation and non-cooperation with Home Office steps to document people for removal. It will also provide advice for those wishing to prove that they are cooperating with the documentation process and the steps that they can take to evidence their cooperation.

For more information download:

Travel Documents, Cooperation and Non-Cooperation and Removability


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If you require any further information or require guidance please call our advice line on 020 7456 9750 (open Monday – Thursday 10am – 12 midday).

Click here for a list of all our self help materials.

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator, committed to best practice in fundraising and follow the standards for fundraising as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
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