Legal detention period

The initial period of detention in a detention centre is two months. The Minister or their delegate may extend this period by two months in accordance with the Law of 15/12/1980. After a two-month extension, the Minister may decide to extend the detention by one month. The foreign national must be released after five months of detention. In cases where the protection of public order so requires, the Minister may extend the foreign national's detention by one month each time up to a maximum of eight months.

When the identification procedure has been completed and the administration has obtained the necessary travel documents but the irregular staying foreigner refuses to return, a new decision to detain them is made on the basis of this refusal. Each new refusal results in a new period of detention for which the maximum time limit can be applied.