Immigration Appeals


Having an immigration application refused can be disappointing, frustrating and stressful. We realise that it can tear families apart. The thought of challenging the decision can be daunting and the process can be confusing. Obtaining legal advice from a specialist immigration solicitor will help you decide how best to proceed. We will provide you with pragmatic and practical advice on the appeals process.

Appeals in the Immigration Tribunal

We will be able to advise whether or not you are able to challenge the decision in an Immigration Tribunal and what your prospects of success are likely to be.

In certain situations an appeal may not always be the most effective way to proceed. You may be more likely to succeed by submitting representations or a new application. We will always consider what is right for you and your individual circumstances and provide a realistic assessment of the merits of your case.

If your appeal is successful, the Home Office can appeal against the decision of the Tribunal. If they do not appeal, then they should issue you with leave to enter or remain in the UK.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you might be able to appeal against the decision of the Tribunal. You will have to argue that the decision of the previous Tribunal was wrong because of a material error of law.

There are a number of deadlines and procedural requirements which must be complied with when making any appeal in the Tribunal.

Administrative Review

It is no longer possible to challenge all decisions by the Home Office in the Immigration Tribunal and the only option may be to ask the Home Office to reconsider the decision. This is a process known as Administrative Review. If the Home Office finds that an error was made in the previous decision, Administrative Review allows for that error to be corrected.

Judicial Review

If you are not given a right of appeal in the UK and or your Administrative Review application is refused and you think that the decision is unlawful, you may be able to apply to the Upper Tribunal for Judicial Review. This is a time-consuming, complex and costly process. You should immediately seek specialist immigration advice if you are considering making an application for Judicial Review.

Why use Bishop & Sewell?

Our immigration lawyers have the expertise and experience to guide you through this difficult and sensitive area of law. Our team has assisted numerous individuals throughout the UK and worldwide, no matter how complicated their case, to obtain a positive result.

We are able to assist you with:

  • Preparing an application for administrative review
  • Advising on the merits of a proposed appeal
  • Appealing to the Immigration Tribunal against a refused application
  • Appealing against a refusal of an appeal by a Tribunal
  • Challenging a decision of the Home Office or Immigration Tribunal by way of Judicial Review

What should I do now?

If you are thinking about challenging a decision of the Home Office or Immigration Tribunal, our Immigration lawyers can provide you with quality legal advice to achieve the best possible outcome. Our Immigration team can answer your questions about the legal process, your rights and what the best option is for you.

For initial advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our Immigration solicitors please contact us on 020 7631 4141.

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For more information the following lawyers will be able to help with Immigration Appeals.

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