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Deportation and Extradition

Anyone who is not a British citizen can be deported from the United Kingdom (UK) if they commit a criminal offense. If a person is deported from the United Kingdom they are not allowed to apply to return to the UK for up to ten years.

Even people, who have been in the UK for many years or have been given permission to stay indefinitely or who are married and have families can be deported. Persons facing deportation can argue that to deport them would be a breach of their Human Rights or that it would be a breach of the Refugee Convention.

The UK authorities can detain persons facing deportation. The authorities should only detain a person if deportation is imminent or if there is a real risk that they would abscond. If you are detained we can make an application to a Tribunal for a hearing to decide if you should be released. We can represent you and make arguments for your release.

It is vital that people facing deportation action get legal advice and representation as soon as possible so that the arguments against deportation can be made. If the UK Border Agency continue with deportation action, a person is likely to have a right of appeal to a Tribunal. The Migrant Law Partnership can provide effective representation at Tribunal hearings.

Sometimes people are detained unlawfully and we can make an application to the Courts for your release and in some cases claim compensation.

Other countries sometimes ask the UK authorities to detain and return a person living in the United Kingdom. This is called extradition. If extradition is a breach of the Refugee Convention or of your Human Rights, a person should be allowed to remain in the United Kingdom.

Contact us if you are facing deportation. We can help.