Removability & Cooperation

The consequences for an individual of being unable to obtain travel documents are wide-ranging and serious, whether or not they are detained.  They can include:

  • Criminal charges where non-cooperation with the travel document procedure is alleged by the UK Border Agency
  • Perception of an increased risk of absconding, especially for individuals who are appeal rights exhausted
  • Ineligibility for voluntary return packages or withdrawal of offers
  • Ineligibility for early removal schemes for foreign national prisoners 
  • Destitution for people in receipt of asylum support

These pages include detailed information on possible steps to take to demonstrate a  co-operation with the documentation process through a sustained effort to obtain a travel document, and information on the relationship between the absence of a travel document and statelessness.

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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