Refusals and Appeals

Refusals and Appeals

Have you, or a loved one, received a UK visa refusal from within the UK or overseas?

With the introduction of the Immigration Act 2014, it is now more important than ever to secure specialist and competent advice as quickly as possible.

The new Act removes what were standard rights of appeal from numerous immigration categories, leaving applicants with severely restricted options. Expert advice should be sought immediately following receipt of a refusal to ensure your options are weighed carefully as the next steps are critical to a successful outcome.

Following the removal of rights of appeal, applicants, depending on the nature of the refusal and application, may consider lodging a fresh application, or pursing an Administrative Review or Judicial Review.

At Immigration Street Legal we understand that receiving a refusal is not only hugely disappointing, but moreover a worrying and distressing time for many. Get in touch with us as soon as possible and we will assess your situation and help salvage your application. Email us your refusal decision asap, and we will contact you to discuss your options.
Immigration into the UK is becoming harder so unless you are already settled in the UK you immigration position is not secure. The rules and requirements are becoming stricter, and the current immigration climate has become colder and harsher. That is because the present government wishes to reduce immigration substantially and so are enforcing the rules more strictly as well as frequently introducing new and harder ones.

A significant step in this has been the curtailing of appeal rights such that since 06 April 2015 there is no longer a full right of appeal if your visa is refused. You can only appeal if your application was on the basis of your family life in the UK, generally with a family member who is settled in this country, or if it was on the grounds that you have lived here for so long you have established a private life in the UK. You can only appeal on human rights grounds – that is, if you say that refusing your application is a breach of your human rights. Even before 6 April 2015 when the climate was more favourable appeals weren’t straightforward and Tribunal statistics from October – December 2014 showed that only 39% of appeals were successful.

If you receive a refusal to your application due to the complications of UK immigration law it may be difficult for you to know what to do next. Should you appeal or re-apply? What is the time limit to do so? What is the appeals process? Having had one visa refusal, how do you know that another application will succeed? Fortunately, you don’t need to face this on your own – you can give yourself the best possible chance of success by contacting us at Immigration Street Legal. We will realistically assess the merits of your case and advise you on all the options open to you.

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