People who are in the UK illegally, or don’t have a valid visa, can be detained at any time by the Immigration Officials or Border Force. Detention usually occurs at the airport or at the UK borders but if a person is in the UK illegally without a visa or working without a right to work the local police or the Immigration Officials can also arrest them. The Home Office may also detain a person if their visa has expired and they have not made any valid renewal application.
Foreign nationals who are detained by the immigration or other officials are kept at specialized facilities meant for detentions. As of now, there are eight detention centers in the country and three short-term holding facilities.
While in detention, the detainee is allowed access to a legal team to help make a case for their stay in the UK. If you are currently facing a similar situation, then please get in touch with our immigration solicitors’ team who can guide you about your options and represent you in your detention matter.