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The first thing to do when you are arrested for immigration violation

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Do this Illegal Immigrant when arrested for immigration violation

There are numbers of ways an illegal immigrant can be arrested.

An illegal immigrant could be arrest in a workplace raid, at home during a search, walking on the street, being involved in an incident in which the Police is called or even being involved in a car accident.

When you are arrested, you need to understand that despite the fact that you are an illegal immigrant, you are still entitled to the same rights like any person arrested.

Therefore, you have the right to remain silent and you need to exercise that right.

Do not say anything because whatever you say can be used against you during your deportation hearing.

You could be threatened, coerced and forced to divulge information about yourself.

You need to understand that those are typical law enforcement tactics that you should not give in to.

Most importantly, do not sign any paper.

This point is so important I am going to repeat it.

The arresting officer might try to force or coerce you into signing your own deportation order, it does not matter the amount of pressure they exert on you, do not sign any document until you have had the opportunity to see an immigration lawyer.

When you are arrested, the immigration officer needs to make a determination of what to charge you with or they will be forced to release you.

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Therefore do not make their job easy by answering their questions or signing documents.

Once they have charged you, they have to take you to court at which point you will be entitled to representation by an immigration lawyer.

In exceptional circumstances, you will not be entitled to bail. However, you could be entitled to bail.

Do not make the mistake to assume that the fact that you are an illegal immigrant and you are arrested, you will be deported.

Your deportation is never automatic.

There are lots of circumstances that could work in your favour which is why it is very important that you do not aggravate your situation by giving information that could be used against you.

Finally, remember whatever happens do not sign any document without an immigration lawyer being present.


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Immigration case can be traumatic. It can cause painful separation of families and place your entire future into jeopardy.

This is why it is very important that your immigration case is handled by immigration lawyers who specialise in immigration law.

Immigration legislations are constantly changing. It is very difficult for lawyers who are engaged in other aspects of law to keep up with the constant changing immigration legislations.

Our groups of immigration lawyers core competence is immigration law.

So for any information regarding your immigration status whether is it to regularise your stay, obtain your resident permit or permanent Leave to Remain, British citizenship application, visa application for family member, top talent or student visa, call us on 020 8798 0514.

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Please note that the information provided in this articles is not intended to serve as a substitute for legal advice. For in-depth information about UK immigration and nationality law or policy please contact an immigration lawyer or an Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) registered immigration adviser.

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