Visits are a very important part of the Yarl’s Wood day and we encourage you to come and spend time with our residents as often as you can.
Our visit schedule is split into social visits and legal visits to ensure that residents can spend time with both on the same day.
All visits must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Visiting rooms fill up quickly and booking ahead ensures that we can guarantee that you will be able to spend time with your client.
Can we request that when you fax any paperwork into Yarl’s Wood for the Residents, can you please put the Residents name on all pages of your correspondence, this will insure all faxed documents are passed on to the Resident named.
All visitors to Yarl’s Wood must provide identification in accordance with the list below this helps us to identify you quickly and speeds up the registration process.
All visitors are searched, biometrically fingerprinted and have their photograph taken as part of the visit clearance procedure. This speeds up the identification process and entering and exiting the visitor centre. All fingerprints are deleted after 3 months after visit.
Social visitors (i.e. personal visitors to residents) must provide one of the following:
- A passport (current or if expired within 5 years of expiry date). This can include foreign passports and travel documents recognised by HM Government.
- European Community identity card
- Photographic driving licence.
Or two of the following:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Rail or bus pass with photograph
- Employer’s ID card or NUS student card
- Young person’s proof of age card
- Trade union membership card
- Senior citizen travel pass issued by a local authority
- Home Office ARC card (asylum support application registration card)
- Benefits book.
Home Office officials or other Government officials must provide an ID card containing a photograph (e.g. UKBA warrant card, or recognised pass to a government building).
IMB members and HMIP inspectors have a statutory right of access to an Immigration Removal Centre. They must provide their IMB ID card containing a photograph.
Representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations are treated as social visitors and need to provide identifiation accordingly
Legal representatives wishing to visit detainees must make an appointment with the Immigration Removal Centre. On arrival, legal representatives must provide one of the following:
- Identity card issued by their firm or chambers
- Introductory letter on headed paper from their firm or chambers which must contain a contact number and name the residents(s) to be visited.
Medical practitioners must provide an ID card issued by their Primary Care Trust, NHS or equivalent. Independent medical practitioners may provide identification as per the requirements for social visitors at paragraph 4. In addition, establishments have the right to check independent medical practitioners are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and/or the General Dental Council and our expectation s
that they hold indemnity insurance cover as required by the GMC and/or GDC and hold a valid enhanced Criminal Records Bureau certificate issued within the last two years. It is possible to check a medical practitioner’s status at the GMC website: and to check a dentist’s status at the GDC website