Legislation and policy Immigration Act 2016 The Immigration Act (IA) 2016 received royal assent on 12 May 2016. The government suffered a series of defeats in the House of Lords and the ping pong session raised important issues for immigration detention. The Act introduces automatic judicial oversight of detention (by s61 and Sch 10 Pt 1). The Secretary of State for the Home Department must arrange a reference to the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) for the tribunal to decide whether to grant bail for individuals who have been detained longer than four months and who have not applied for bail during ...