What You Need to Know About UK Deportation
United Kingdom Deportation

What You Need to Know About UK Deportation

Facing the prospect of deportation in the UK can be overwhelming and uncertain. Understanding the intricacies of deportation, including the legal grounds, the costs involved, and, most importantly, how to challenge a deportation order, is crucial. With its team of expert lawyers in London and across the UK, Cromwell Wilkes provides expert deportation legal support and guidance through these trying times. 

Here’s what you need to know about UK deportation and how Cromwell Wilkes can assist you.

What Is Deportation?

Deportation is the enforced removal of someone from a country where they are not a citizen, often due to a violation of immigration or criminal laws. It’s a legal procedure that ends the person’s right to remain in the UK and imposes bans on re-entry for a specified period or indefinitely, making understanding and navigating the process vitally important.

The grounds for deportation from the UK typically involve breaches of immigration rules or the law, such as overstaying a visa without valid reasons, engaging in criminal activity, or posing a threat to the public good. Identifying the specific reason for deportation is the first step in formulating a robust defence strategy.

Grounds for Deportation 

Understanding the grounds for deportation is crucial for any foreign national residing in the UK. The laws governing deportation are specific, and various circumstances can lead to someone being deported. The primary reasons include:

  • Criminal Conviction: If a foreign national who is not a British citizen is convicted of a criminal offence, they can face deportation. This is a stark reminder of how legal troubles can extend beyond the criminal justice system into immigration status and rights.
  • Criminal Court’s Recommendation: According to section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1971, a foreign national may be deported if the criminal court recommends deportation as part of their sentence. This underscores the interconnection between the criminal justice and immigration systems.
  • Public Good: Section 3(5) of the Immigration Act 1971 gives way to deportation if the Secretary of State deems the foreign national’s deportation conducive to the public good. This broad criterion means that the state’s interest in public safety and welfare can trigger deportation proceedings.
  • Conviction and Imprisonment: Under section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007, foreign nationals convicted of a crime and sentenced to 12 months or more in prison will face automatic deportation. This legislation highlights the severe immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Grounds for Challenging the Deportation

Deportation from the UK is not always final, and there is no recourse. There are several grounds on which an individual can challenge a deportation order, potentially altering the course of their future significantly. These grounds include:

  • Family and Long-term Residence: If your deportation would result in separation from your family or you have resided in the UK for a considerable period, you may have a case against your deportation.
  • Refugee Status: Aligning with the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees 1951, any breach of UK norms and obligations towards refugees can be a valid ground for challenge.
  • Health and Age Considerations: Challenges can also be based on health grounds, such as a requirement to serve a sentence in a psychiatric institute under the Amended Mental Health Act 1983 or age considerations, particularly for minors under 18 at the time of conviction.
  • Ties to the UK: Strong ties to the UK, whether personal, social, or professional, can also form the basis of a challenge.
  • EEA National Rights: Despite Brexit, deportation might infringe upon the rights of EEA nationals, offering another avenue for challenge.

Exemption against UK Deportation

Specific individuals may be exempt from deportation from the UK based on specific criteria. If you fall under any of these categories, you could be shielded from deportation:

  • British Citizenship: Being a British citizen automatically exempts you from deportation.
  • Right of Abode: Individuals with the right of abode in the UK are protected against deportation.
  • Commonwealth Citizens: Commonwealth citizens who have been residents in the UK since before 01/01/1973 enjoy protection against deportation.

The Cost of Deportation

Concerns about deportation costs and how much a solicitor charges for deportation are common among those facing removal. The financial aspects of challenging a deportation order can be daunting. However, investing in expert legal representation can significantly affect the outcome of your case. Cromwell Wilkes believes in transparency about costs, ensuring clients are informed and prepared for all aspects of their legal journey.

Navigate UK Deportation with Cromwell-Wilkes

Facing deportation is undoubtedly one of the most challenging experiences an individual or family can endure. The key to navigating this difficult time is expert legal representation that combines in-depth knowledge of the law with a compassionate understanding of the personal toll involved.

If you or someone you know is facing deportation from the UK, don’t face it alone. Get in touch with Cromwell Wilkes today. Our team is ready to offer you a free consultation and provide the expert, human, and empathetic support you need during this critical time. Let us help you secure your future in the UK.

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