Deportation Order Appeal

Challenging a Deportation Order

Deportation is used for non-British citizens including EU nationals who have committed criminal offences. If you are facing deportation, you may be held in a detention centre with little or no information about what will happen to you and when.

Removal and Deportation

Deportation is different from 'removal'. Foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas or have breached the conditions of their permission to stay in the UK are normally forced to leave the UK by being 'removed' rather than by deportation. If you are at risk of removal, contact us quickly. We can help in the same way as we can help with deportation.

Facing deportation is stressful. You are at risk of being put on a plane and sent back to your 'home' country - the country where you hold nationality. You need to take quick and effective action - that's where we can step in.

If the Home Office wants to deport you, they will give you a 'Notice of Decision to Deport'. This is a letter which explains the Home Office's reasons for wanting to deport you. It will often contain very little information. You will usually be given a ‘Deportation Order’ at the same time.

If you want to stay in the UK, you will need to provide reasons why you should not be deported and it is vitally important that you list all the possible reasons. You are restricted to reasons connected to your family and private life or that you need to claim asylum. EU nationals facing deportation are subject to different rules and have a higher level of protection against deportation than non-EU citizens.

At this first stage, the Home Office are likely to go ahead with the Deportation Order and you will need to appeal against the Order to a judge in the Immigration Tribunal. The appeal may not necessarily be heard while you are in the UK. You may be deported first and the appeal will be heard while you are outside the UK.

Deportation can in certain circumstances also include family members.

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A Deportation Order is serious. It allows the UK government to force you to leave the UK. If you have been deported by the UK government, you cannot lawfully return to the UK while the Deportation Order remains in force. You will not be allowed to return to the UK for at least 10 years.

You may well be in detention when you receive your Deportation Order and you will not be given any indication of how long you will be held. It is vital that you seek specialist advice from an experienced immigration law firm as quickly as possible for advice on your particular circumstances.

We will look carefully at how you can successfully challenge deportation and the evidence you will need for any appeal. Our team is hugely experienced in challenging Deportation Orders. It is not something to do by yourself; it is very important that the right reasons are put in front of the judge at appeal and that the evidence to support those reasons is solid and convincing.

How does the deportation order appeal process work?

We can give you initial advice over the phone. Sometimes a family member will contact us first. We will gather evidence and submit the initial challenge to the Deportation Order to the Home Office. We will advise on the appeal procedure and we can represent you at the appeal whether you are still in the UK or are outside the country. You will be in experienced hands - we know the process, we know how the Home Office are likely to act and we will do our absolute best to challenge the Order.

"Very competent and knowledgeable in the field."

Malik Aldalis

Once we are representing you, we will be in contact with the Home Office and Enforcement Authorities on your behalf. You will not be on your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

My Australian partner has been in prison for 4 years for drug offences. He has two children and we are still together. He has been told he will be deported when he has served his sentence. What can I do?

Contact us. If he has children in the UK, he can argue that it is a breach of his human rights to deport him.

I have received a letter from the Home Office which says they are going to remove me. I am Zimbabwean and I do not have any legal immigration status in the UK. What can I do?

Contact us. The Home Office must follow a set procedure before they actually try to remove you from the UK. We can look at your situation and advise you what to do.

I have been deported from the UK to Sri Lanka. How can I appeal against my deportation while I am not in the UK?

If you instruct us to represent you, we can take your case through the deportation appeal process - but we will first advise on whether you have any chance of success at appeal. Sometimes there is very little chance of success with Deportation Orders; we are always honest and will tell you exactly what we think. We do not like taking clients' money to pursue hopeless appeals.

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