Detainee Visits and Bail

People who have arrived illegally into the UK, or who failed to leave the country when their visa expired, or who have had a claim for asylum turned down can face detention in an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC), before eventually being deported from the UK.

Five Star International is a specialist firm of immigration lawyers based in Glasgow, Scotland, with a great deal of experience in all types of immigration cases - including complex and challenging cases where other immigration solicitors failed to secure a positive outcome.

At Five Star International we can provide expert legal advice and support for migrants facing the considerable stress and uncertainty posed by the threat of detention and / or deportation from the UK.

We pride ourselves on the personal and flexible nature of the legal services we provide, and we can arrange client meetings at the relevant Immigration Removal Centre if required. We can also instruct an experienced Immigration Advocate on your behalf, apply for bail to secure your release from a secure centre, and will submit whatever appeals or applications that may be required to stabilise and improve your situation.

To discuss your case with one of our specialist immigration solicitors please call us now on +44 (0) 141 339 7373 or you can reach us by email at

Visits to Immigration Removal Centres

You are allowed to visit someone held in an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC). You should check in advance what the visiting hours are and whether you need to book an appointment, what ID you need and what items you are allowed to bring.

For example, the Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre in South Lanarkshire is the closest IRC to Glasgow. Dungavel House is located in Strathaven (ML10 6RF, 01698 395 000) and runs visiting hours between 1.30pm and 8.30pm. As well as one piece of photographic ID (eg passport, driving licence) you are required to bring two other pieces of ID from the following list - birth or wedding certificate, train or bus pass with photo, employer’s ID or student card, young person’s proof of age card, trade union membership card, or an older person’s bus pass. There is a free bus service between Hamilton bus and train station and Dungavel House IRC - we can provide more information about travel arrangements to Dungavel on request.

Applying for Immigration Bail

If you are being held by the Home Office on immigration matters, it may be possible to secure your release from detention if you apply for bail and agree to obey certain conditions or release.

You are allowed to apply for Immigration Bail regardless of whether you are held in an IRC, a detention centre or a prison - as long as you are being detained on immigration grounds.

You may be refused a bail application if you have a previous history of breaking the terms of bail in the past, or if your criminal record suggests that you might be likely to re-offend if you were to be released.

If you are refused a bail application, you will receive a written statement explaining the reason. However if you have been refused bail in the last 28 days it is unlikely you will receive another bail hearing unless there has been some substantial change to your circumstances.

If your bail application is successful but you were due to be removed from the country in the next 14 days then you may still not be released from the IRC without permission from the Home Office (HO).

Your bail application can be made to either the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), a Chief Immigration Officer (if your detention started less than 8 days ago), or to the Home Secretary (if your detention started more than 8 days ago). If you have launched an appeal against your detention or deportation to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, then you can also submit your bail application to them as well. Likewise, if you have a tribunal appeal hearing coming up soon, then you can send your bail application to that particular tribunal or hearing centre. If in doubt you can ask staff at the detention centre - they will be able to fax your application to the best destination.

If you have a solicitor or legal adviser - which we would strongly recommend to give you the best chance of success - then they can help you to both prepare and submit your bail application.

A few days after receiving your bail request, there will be a hearing held to determine whether or not you are eligible for bail. You will be given a 'notice of hearing' to let you know when this is taking place, though you will not usually be present - instead a video-link may be used, similar to Skype.

Your bail request is more likely to be successful if you have a place that you can stay, as well as a 'surety' - someone who will forfeit money if you break the terms of your bail, who can attend your bail hearing, and who will make sure you stay in touch with the immigration authorities. So it is important to provide this information in your bail application. In Scotland, the person who promises to pay money if you break the terms of your bail is called a 'cautioner', and they must deposit the funds before you are released.

Once you have been granted bail, you must follow carefully the conditions of your release. For example, you must live at the address you supplied in your bail request, and you must report regularly to an immigration officer. Violating the terms of your bail release may result in you being detained again, and the surety or cautioner money being forfeited.

Call Us Now for Legal Advice on Applying for Immigration Bail

Five Star International is a specialist immigration firm located on Argyle Street in Glasgow's West End, and we can help advise you on all legal issues relating to immigration - including help with failed asylum seekers and other migrants facing detention or deportation. We provide flexible and personal immigration services, and are able to provide detainee lawyer visits and can arrange client meetings at an Immigration Removal Centre or detention facility throughout Scotland.

Our highly trained and experienced immigration solicitors will explore every possibility in trying to stabilise your immigration status and secure bail for you or your family members from an Immigration Removal Centre, and we can instruct a senior Immigration Advocate to act on your behalf if required.

To discuss your immigration detention or deportation problems with one of our specialist immigration lawyers please call us now on +44 (0) 141 339 7373 or by email at