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UK Visa Refusals & Appeals

We recognise the worries and distress of those who are unlucky to have been refused a UK visa. We at Imperial & Legal are able to advise you as to what you can and need to do next. We have full rights of advocacy before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunals in the UK and 10-year experience of successfully representing clients in courts.

In case of refusal we would always advise you to contact us so that we can discuss your case and advise you in detail about the options open for you. The kind of decision you have got from the Home Office determines the options available to you.

Appeal against UK visa refusal

If you have made a Human Rights, Protection or an EEA application you should be able to appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. This is where an impartial Judge will review and decide on your case.

The date of the decision is vital, as in-country visa refusals must be appealed no later than 14 calendar days after you are sent a refusal letter by the Home Office, and 28 calendar days if you have received a refusal letter overseas from an Entry Clearance Officer or Secretary of State. It is advisable to keep the envelope in which you got a refusal letter as this is proof of when it was sent as there will be a post mark and date.

If you do not lodge your appeal within the given time frames then we can ask the Tribunal for an extension if we can supply sufficient reasons as to why the appeal is being lodged late, e.g. illness or other reasons.

After you have submitted your appeal you will be sent a Notice of Hearing specifying the date, venue and directions for the Hearing.

What we can do for you

We here at Imperial & Legal are able to provide help at any step of your appeal, including but not limited to:

  • Analysing your case and refusal letter;
  • Drafting Grounds of Appeal and lodging your Appeal;
  • Asking for an extension of time;
  • Advising you on the documents and evidence required for your Appeal;
  • Reviewing the Respondent’s bundle;
  • Preparing your bundle of supporting evidence with an index;
  • Drafting the Skeleton Argument in support of your case;
  • Attending and representing you in court;
  • Ongoing support of your case.

Administrative Review

In this case the Home Office will consider whether an ‘eligible decision’ is wrong because of a case working error and, if it is, they will correct that error. Errors include where they have given the incorrect duration of leave or have not fully considered your application and all supporting evidence. The ‘eligible decision’ can be divided into three types:

1. In-country

If you have made an application in the UK under Tiers 1, 2, 4, and 5 categories of the Immigration Rules then you should have a right to an Administrative Review which you need to submit within 14 calendar days from the date you received the decision notice.

2. At the border

If a Border Officer cancels your leave to enter or remain in the UK, due to change of circumstances, false representations or failure to provide material facts then you should have a right to an Administrative Review. When applying from within the UK you have 14 calendar days from the date you received the decision in order to submit your review, and 28 calendar days if you apply from outside of the UK.

3. Overseas

For entry clearance applications you will have a right to an Administrative Review unless your application is that of a short-term student, visit visa or human rights. You have 28 calendar days from the date you received the decision in order to make a request for an Administrative Review.

Our support

We here at Imperial & Legal are able to provide help at any stage of your Administrative Review, including but not limited to:

  • Analysing your case and refusal letter;
  • Drafting Grounds for Administrative Review and submitting it;
  • Consulting you on the documents and evidence required for your Administrative Review (please note: new documents and evidence will not be considered, however sometimes, the Home Office fails to consider documents and evidence sent with your previous application, so we may need to resubmit them);
  • Constant support of your case.

New Application

Depending upon your personal circumstances and the constraints of time, it may be in some cases advisable to submit a new application, with legal representations fully addressing the previous refusal letter. We have had many cases over the years where this has proved successful and the requested leave has been granted swiftly. However, we would always advise on having a full consultation where we can discuss your case and individual circumstances before we can give full case-specific advice, as every case is unique.

Our services

We here at Imperial & Legal are able to provide assistance at any stage of your New Application, including:

  • Reviewing your case and refusal letter;
  • Advising you on the documents and evidence required for your new application;
  • Preparing your new application;
  • Drafting legal representations in support of your new application;
  • Constant support of your case.

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