Intermediate: Immigration bail: 3 CPD

  • Course Level: Intermediate / OISC L2

About this course

There are few circumstances where the UK authorities are permitted to hold people against their will – one of which is immigration detention. In 2018, almost 25,000 people were detained under immigration powers across the UK’s detention estate, with around 1,800 people detained at any one time. These stark figures represent a concerning proportion of the UK’s migrant population. Over half of these people were granted release back into the community – the vast majority under immigration bail.

In 2018, the immigration bail system was overhauled. Temporary release and admission were scrapped, and replaced with a single power of immigration bail. The process for applying for bail from inside detention largely remains the same, but the nature of bail has been turned on its head, allowing the Home Office to regulate those without leave to remain but who cannot be detained.

Immigration bail hearings can feel like a lottery – clients will ask why they are still detained when they have seen other people released weeks or months earlier. To some extent immigration bail is a lottery. Different Tribunal hearing centres have very different grant rates and individual judges can adopt very different approaches.

This course is for lawyers, caseworkers and those supporting people in detention who are making an application for immigration bail, and is designed to set out the legal framework and the practicalities of applying for bail, giving examples along the way.

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