Question: If a woman living illegally in the UK gets pregnant, what are her rights? Can she be arrested, detained and deported? Is she entitled to medical care? Can pregnancy be used to legalise one’s status in the UK? Thanks.
Answer: A pregnant women can be detained and removed (deported) unless the flight itself would be fatal to her or the baby (usually around the last 11 weeks).
Medical care is supposed to be only for emergencies otherwise they should pay privately (it depends on the doctor) but Immigration would say no.
In the UK pregnancy cannot reliably be used to legalise one’s status.
By Rachel Toussaint, Immigration Solicitor,
Rogols Legal Consultancy
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