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 out of detention - Updated January 2018
What is Schedule 10?
Schedule 10 makes major changes to the way the Home office and the tribunal consider bail applications.
For more information download:Schedule 10, Immigration Act 2016
Do you have accommodation to go to if you are released on bail?
The Home office states that you can make submissions by sending it a letter if you need accommodation but that it will only provide it to you if there are very exceptional reasons for it to do so.
The Home Office also states that asylum seekers and those refused asylum should contact Migrant Help for help with making an application for support that Migrant Help will send to the Home Office on your behalf.
You can contact Migrant Help's free helpline on 0808 8010 503. They have dedicated lines for 14 different languages.
Read our fact sheet 'How to apply to the Home Office for a release address' for information on how to access Home Office accommodation on release from detention.
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:
Are you facing deportation?
We have several factsheets that will provide you with information and advice.
For more information download:
Are you an EU/EEA national facing deportation?
The following factsheets are specifically for you. For more information download:
Are you a non EU/EEA national (Third Country National) facing deportation?
These factsheets can help you. For more information download:Deportation Appeals – A Basic Overview for non-EEA nationals
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
Have you been released from detention and need further guidance?
For more information download:A Guide to Release from Detention – Accommodation and Financial Support Leaflet
Do you require any of our factsheets in other languages?
After a nine month probono project with BPP, we are delighted that our 'How to get out of detention' notebook is now available in the languages below. If you have any questions or feedback about the translations please get in touch by emailing [email protected]
Do you require any further guidance?
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.
What organisations can help me once I am out of detention?
You can contact Samphire's Ex-Detainee Project helpline if you are in need of support on:
Mon/Tues/Weds/Thurs/Fri between 10.00am and 1.00pm.
Tel: 01304 201535
Text: 07714 490981
Freephone (landlines): 0800 9179397
Additionally this map from MICLU has the details of organisations across the UK that may be able to support you.[Back to top]