Thanks for your reply.
You need to check with the solicitors acting but I think what they are asking is for you to act as guarantor in a bail application by them in order to get the family released from detention so that they can conduct their application until determination.
In the bail application it will state how much money you are to stand for so that the court can consider whether to grant bail. You need to check the amount of money they are asking for. This will be limited to a certain amount but get confirmation of the limit. if they then abscond you will have to release this money to the Court. You would not be able to claim it back but the extent of your liability will be limited to the amount you have guaranteed and no more.
As to whether this is worth it you will need to speak specifically to the solicitors acting as to whether their current application will be successful. They will be able to advice you on the prospects of success.
Ask if this is unsuccessful whether they anticipate a different application will be made (ie. asylum possibly). If a further appicatoin will be made in the event of rejection then you need to consider who is to pay the fees of the solicitor for this. If the family can’t pay then it would not be wise to act as guarantor because 1) the chances that they will abscond may increase and 2) there is a decreased likelihood that they will eventually secure their leave to remain.
You need to be advised fully on 1) the monetary limit of the guarantee 2) the prospects of success in securing leave to remain in this application 2) the prospects of success in securing leave to remain based on a further application after any current rejection. The solicitors will be able to advise and you will then have to make a personal judgement on whether the chances of success versus the money you may forfeit is worth it having regard to your own personal financial circumstances and your motivation to help this family.
I will say that coming on false visas is an extremely bad position because it prejudices them very badly. They may well have not willfully obtained/received these but the UKBA take the view that it is the applicants responsibility to ensure they have the right visas irrespective of who they instruct to get them, as cruel as that sounds.
It’s a tricky position and that’s the long and short of it I’m afraid. No easy answers regrettably.
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