Appeal a UK Visa Decision
If the UKVI has refused your immigration application, you may have the right to appeal this Home Office decision. Your Appeal or Administrative Review rights will be stated in your decision letter.
If the decision isn’t subject to a right of appeal because it’s not considered an appealable immigration decision, you will be given the option to request an Administrative Review from the Home Office:
- An Administrative Review (AR): Requesting an Administrative Review is the only method to challenge a Home Office decision for many visa categories.
- An Appeal to the Courts: You can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) to challenge the decision
Considering current procedures, most immigration routes will give you the right to submit an AR to challenge the decision. This applies to all Points-Based System visa applications, which includes most work and business visas.
What happens after visa refusal?
If your application for a UK visa has been refused, the Home Office will send you a decision letter outlining the reasons for refusal. This letter is emailed to you or your representative except for paper-based applications. Before rushing into the appeal process, we recommend you do all the required research and contact experts authorised to provide advice.
In some cases, even though you are eligible for a category, the application is refused due to insufficient information and evidence in the file. Most of these refusals cannot be overturned via AR because, unlike court appeals, the applicants cannot present fresh evidence or add new information at the AR process if they were not presented in the application file in other ways. In such circumstances, exploring other options or considering submitting a fresh application might be wiser. Before making a decision, seek expert advice to ensure you protect your existing rights, and if you are proceeding with an AR or Appeal, you prepare correctly.
You can send your refusal letter to us at email@example.com and book a call with our advisers to learn their opinion on the chance of success and the grounds for an Appeal or Administrative Review. As a Level 3 OISC firm, we can help you with your AR or Appeal to FTT and represent you in Home Office correspondence and Court hearings.
Deadline for Appeal
You must file an appeal or AR for the immigration decision before the deadline. You typically have 14 days if you are inside the UK and 28 days if you are outside the UK to appeal a UK visa refusal.
Grounds for refusal
The Home Office frequently refuses UK visas on the basis of general grounds for refusal referring to factors like your eligibility, suitability, and validity for a UK visa. Common examples for a refusal could be not meeting a relevant requirement, such as financial requirements (e.g., minimum annual income and maintenance savings), not scoring sufficient points under the UK points-based system (PBS), missing evidence and providing false information to the Home Office, etc.
Steps to Appeal
After we examine your decision letter and review your file, we will help you make an informed decision. The following steps must be carefully followed if you want to stand a good chance in your UK immigration appeal process: