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You should only follow the steps below if you intend to cooperate with the documentation process.

Proving cooperation

The rest of this information is aimed at helping those people who claim to be cooperating with the documentation process to be able to prove it.

For detainees wishing to get a travel document to leave the UK - what you can do to get your travel documents

If you want to obtain travel documents to leave the UK there are steps you can take - such as writing letters - to try to obtain them from your Embassy or High Commission in the UK. This evidence of cooperation with the documentation process can be used by you as evidence that you will not abscond and will help when you apply for release on bail.

Evidence that you have consistently cooperated with the documentation process will help to show that it is not your fault that the Embassy or High Commission has delayed issuing you with a travel document.

Copies of all letters that you send to the Embassy or High Commission asking about your travel documents should always be sent to the Home Office and to the Tribunal when you are applying for release or bail.

Keep hold of this evidence as it becomes more important the longer you are in detention. It may help to show that your removal is not imminent and therefore that your continued detention has become unlawful.


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Practical tips for detainees

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