Appeal against a visa or immigration decision
You may be able to do one of the following if your immigration application has been refused:
appeal to the immigration and asylum tribunal
make a reconsideration request
ask for an administrative review (if you’re outside the UK)
Appeal to the immigration and asylum tribunal
You can appeal to the tribunal if you’ve been refused permission to stay in the UK and you’ve received a letter saying you have the right to appeal.
The tribunal can deal with a range of cases, eg decisions about:
leave to remain
deporting someone from the UK
You can get legal help or advice before you appeal.
You’ll usually have to pay a fee to appeal to the tribunal.
Your appeal will be heard by the tribunal and you’ll then receive the tribunal’s decision.
You can ask for permission to appeal against the decision if you lose your case.
Ask for the decision to be reviewed
You may be able to ask for the decision on your application to be reviewed if you’re in the UK - this is known as a ‘reconsideration request’. It isn’t a formal appeal.
If you applied outside the UK (points-based system)
You can ask for an administrative review if your application to work or study here under the points-based system was refused.
Appeal to the tribunal
You can only appeal to the immigration and asylum tribunal if you’ve been told by letter (called a ‘notice of immigration decision’) that you can do so.
How you appeal depends on whether you’re in or outside the UK.
Time limits for appealing
You must send your appeal within a certain period of time, depending on where you are.
Where you’re appealing from Time to appeal after you get the decision
Fast-track case 2 working days
In detention 5 working days
Not in detention 10 working days
Outside the UK 28 days
Your appeal may not be accepted if you miss the deadline - make sure you explain any reason for the delay.
How to appeal to the tribunal
You can appeal online or fill in an appeal form.Send copies of any documents supporting your appeal to the tribunal.
First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
PO Box 6987
Telephone: +44 (0)300 123 1711
Minicom textphone: +44 (0)300 123 1264
Fax (if you’re in the UK): 0116 249 4232
Fax (if you’re outside the UK): +44 (0)116 249 4214
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