Legal Visit

Legal Visit

Legal visits provide an important opportunity for official legal and case related visitors to conduct interviews with a resident and help to develop their case and further their progress through the system.
All legal visits take place in private interview rooms, complete with table, chairs and a hearing loop, which is always available if needed.  It is the responsibility of the interviewer to arrange the services of an interpreter or translator.  The legal visits rooms are supervised but there is no CCTV in this area.

Legal Visit

Legal visit times:

  • 09.00-12.00 (9am – noon)
  • 13.30-17.00 (1:30pm – 5pm)
  • 18.30-21.00 (6:30pm – 9pm)

Legal visits must be booked 24 hours in advance. Visiting rooms fill up quickly and booking ahead ensures that we can guarantee that you will be able to see your client.

To book your visit:

  • Call 01234 821000
  • Fax 01234 821096

Remember to bring:

Legal Visitor (i.e. official representative for resident) must provide one of the following:

Legal representatives wishing to visit residents 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 resident(s) to be visited.

All visitors to Yarl’s Wood are searched, biometrically fingerprinted and have their photograph taken as part of the visit clearance procedure.  This is necessary to speed up identification, entering and exiting the visitor centre.  All fingerprints are deleted if the visitor doesn’t return within 3 months.

Why is the technology used?
Whenever visitors and residents share the same area within the Centre we are required to ensure that only visitors with the correct information can move around and leave that area via the correct exits. To enable us to do just that, we capture your photo and take a biometric reading of your index finger at Visitor’s Reception. This way when you enter the Centre, we can confirm your identity as a valid visitor to Yarl’s Wood IRC.

What information will I be asked to provide?
At Visitor Reception, you will be asked to provide sufficient ID, once that has been completed we will take a biometric scan of the tip of both your index fingers and your photograph will be taken. This information will be validated on your entry to and from the visits hall. This personal information will then be encrypted immediately and will be destroyed if not used within three months, in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act. This data will not be cross checked against any other database; it is purely used to ensure the same person exits the Centre as presented to the staff at entry.

What does Biometric mean?
Biometric means a piece of unique information about you, i.e. Iris recognition, Hand geometry Recognition, Face Recognition or Fingerprint recognition this cannot be reproduced by anyone as this information is unique to you. At Yarl’s Wood IRC we use information on the depth and length of ridges on your fingers,

What does the Data Protection Act say?
The Data Protection Act says that information should be kept for no longer than is necessary. The Act does not specify what a ‘necessary’ period should be for particular information. Each case would be considered on its own merits. If an organisation is obliged to retain data for a given length of time under any other laws, this should be taken into consideration.

Data Protection information can be obtained by contacting The Information Commissioner’s Office on 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 or online at

Can I request the information used at Yarl’s Wood IRC to be removed when I finish my visit?
Unfortunately not, our systems have been changed and the removal of data is not possible, but the system is set to auto remove some of your details if you do not attend site for 3 months or more

What details are removed?
The system removes your picture any personal details and biometrics taken, we keep basic information about your visit i.e. time date and visit number for audit purposes

What do I do if I need further information or would like to provide feedback?
We welcome all feedback. Please write your request to:

Security Manager,
Yarl’s Wood IRC,
Twinwood Business Park,
MK44 1FD

Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre