Deportation refers to the process of removing an individual, normally for the purpose of ‘public good’ and is usually applicable to foreign criminals sentenced for over 12 months in the UK. Administrative Removal on the other hand is the process under which individuals are removed from the UK if they have no right to remain in the UK.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) has the discretionary power to make a deportation order by virtue of Section 5 of the Immigration Act 1971. Deportation order requires an individual to leave the UK and prohibits from re-entry when the order is still in force. The SSHD may consider deportation in the following scenarios:
British citizens and those with the right of abode cannot be deported.The consequences of a deportation order are likely to be profound and life-changing both for the individual who is being deported and for their family members alike. Individuals being issued with deportation order only have a limited window to challenge this and must take expert legal advice immediately.
The administrative removal refers to the process under which an individual can be removed from the UK by the authority of SSHD or an Immigration officer if they do not have a valid leave to remain in the country. The following group of people faces risk for removal under this process:
The Home Office has a duty to notify those liable for removal and the notice period is 7 calendar days for those who are not detained and 72 hours for those in detention. It is possible to challenge the removal order during the notice period. The Home Office has a 3 month removal window once the notice period has expired to remove the individuals. There is no automatic right of appeal to a deportation order, but you may find here other possible challenges that an individual can bring against a removal order.
Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal can assist you in providing expert advice and representation on deportation matters. Deportation is a complex area of immigration law, and our lawyers are highly qualified and experienced to deal with the matter. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.