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Visa Refusal Home Office - If you have been refused a visa application by the Home Office, please call us on 020 3540 7770 to discuss your options to overturn the decision.

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Immigration appeals are usually necessary when an entry clearance application for a UK visa has been refused. Appeals are usually made to the First-Tier Tribunal within 28 days of receiving the refusal letter from the Home Office.

Furthermore, for UK residents whose application to extend their stay in the UK has been refused, they are able to appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal against refusals. However, they must do so within 14 days from the date of refusal.

It is important to note that in the event that immigration appeals are dismissed at the First Tier Tribunal by an Immigration Judge, you will be able to file another application to the First-Tier Tribunal requesting permission to appeal to the upper tribunal. It is also important to note that applications to the First-Tier tribunal requesting permission to appeal to the upper tribunal must be made within 14 days of the appellant are residents in the UK. If the applicant is resident outside the UK, the request for permission to appeal to the upper tribunal must be made within 28 days of the dismissal. Importantly, such applications are usually made on the grounds that an error was made by the immigration judge at the First tribunal who determined the appeal and that the Judge has made a material error of law in the determination of the appeal.

It is also important to note that if your appeal is allowed, the Home office can in like manner make an application to the First-Tier tribunal challenging the decisions of the Immigration judge; that the immigration judge had made an error of law in the determination of the appeal.

Where an application to the First-Tier Tribunal for permission to appeal is refused by the First Tier Tribunal, you will be able to submit an application to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal. You must do so within 14 if you are appealing from inside the UK and within 28 days of the refusal if you are appealing from outside the UK.

If your permission to appeal has been granted, your matter will be listed for hearing (appeal hearing). The purpose would be to decide if there was in actual sense a material error of law in regards to the original decision.

Where the appeal is dismissed by the upper tribunal, you may yet be able to file another application to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal to the courts of appeal. If the upper tribunal refuses your application to appeal, you are still within your rights to apply to the Court of Appeal itself seeking permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. If this is granted, your matter will be heard.

Administrative Review

Administrative reviews are basically for Point-based system (PBS) visa application refusals.

Administrative Review Against Refusal Of Entry Clearance Application As PBS Migrants

For Entry Clearance applications refused under the Point Based System, the applicant will normally have the right to apply for an administrative review. This means that you apply to the Entry clearance officer to review the decision(s) that have been made by the Entry Clearance Officer. An administrative review application should be made within 28 days from the date of refusal. Administrative reviews are usually carried out by the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM), basically having a second look at the decision made by the Entry clearance officer (ECO).

It is important that it is possible that the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer is maintained by the Entry Clearance Manager. In such cases, the application is within his rights to apply to challenge the refusal using the option of a ‘Judicial review’. A judicial review is used to challenge the decision of the Entry clearance manager. A judicial review application must be made 90 days from the date of refusal.

Admin Review Against The Review Of An In-Country Refusal By The Home Office

In the event that an 'eligible decision' based on Appendix AR of the Immigration Rules is made, an admin review may be sought. The rights of appeals, in this case, will no longer be allowed as a result of changes to the rules on appeals. The changes now mean that only 'eligible decisions' will not be reviewed under the administrative review process.

Furthermore, as a result of the Immigration Act of 2014, the Home Office, not all refusals can now be appealed against from inside the UK. In these cases, the applicant would be given a right to proceed with an administrative review against the refusal. The admin review request must be made to the within 14 days of receiving the refusal letter. If the applicant is detained, the admin review application must be made within 7 days after the refusal.

It is important to note that administrative reviews seek to determine whether or not an error has been made in an 'eligible decision'.

Administrative review is available against the refusal of the following applications:

  • Refusal of Tier 4 General student application submitted on or after 20 October 2014;
  • Refusal of Tier 1 General extension application submitted on or after 2 March 2015
  • Refusal of Tier 1 Entrepreneur application submitted on or after 2 March 2015
  • Refusal of Tier 1 Investor application submitted on or after 2 March 2015
  • Refusal of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent application submitted on or after 2 March 2015
  • Refusal of Tier 2 General application submitted on or after 2 March 2015
  • Refusal of Tier 2 ICT application submitted on or after 2 March 2015
  • Refusal of Tier 2 Minister of Religion application submitted on or after 2 March 2015
  • Refusal of Tier 2 Sportsperson application submitted on or after 2 March 2015
  • Refusal of all Tier 5 Applications submitted on or after 2 March 2015

From 6 April 2015, the appeal rights against the refusal of applications have been limited further by virtue of Immigration Act 2014 and a person will only be entitled to appeal against:

  • Refusal of a human rights claim
  • Refusal of a protection claim, namely a claim for refugee or for humanitarian protection status
  • Revocation of protection status.

How Reiss Edwards Can Help In Your Appeals / Admin Reviews

Our immigration lawyers are highly knowledgeable and experts at dealing with visa refusals, appeals, and administrative reviews. The quality of our service can be judged by the positive reviews we constantly receive from our clients from all over the world. Our London based Immigration lawyers we well trained and equipped to deal with various degrees of immigration complexities and we offer a free initial consultation on the first call.

Our immigration solicitors will provide for you a solution tailored to your needs and not just a 'straight out of the books' solution. If you choose to instruct us for your appeal or administrative review, the immigration lawyer/caseworker that will be dealing with your case will ensure the following:-

  • That they take detailed instructions from you and advise on the relevant immigration laws applicable.
  • Our immigration advisers will advise on the evidence required to be prepared to support the admin review application.
  • We would then look at the documents provided to ensure that they are adequate and sufficient and would discuss the same with you.
  • The relevant administrative review and appeals forms/bundles will be prepared by us to submission to the Home Office.
  • We would be liaising with the Home Office towards obtaining updates and speeding your application processing times.
  • We will carry out all the follow-up work needed until a decision has been made on your application.
  • Our immigration lawyers will then advise on the implications of the decisions reached by the Home Office on your application.

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As a lawyer myself I can categorically say that he knows his stuff, gentle, responsive, cares about you and not just about the money, very professional.
I mean I can go on and on!

Andy and the entire team at Reiss Edwards are amazing!

Thanks again Andy.

Kiran Sardar


I found Joe very helpful and tremendous patience which is a must in this professional as there are lots of emotions always involved in each and every case.

The way they dealt with my case during COVID19 Situation is highly appreciable. I would definitely recommend Joe D. and Anna F. Anna is an amazing lady, her patience is beyond my words.

Her hard work and professionalism have no boundaries. She is the right person for all type of cases.

Thanks to Anna and Joe for all your support and guidance which helped me fulfill my dream.

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thanks once again. Anna you’re a Gem and a Star.

Cheyam Shaked

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Majlinda Berisha

"The help, the professionalism, the kindness from this team is phenomenal. A massive thank you to Anna Foley.

I have had a really tough time with getting my husband’s visa. My last immigration lawyer made many mistakes that caused stress, disappointments and sadness.

I was weary about getting another lawyer as I thought I was going to go through the same experience but no, it turned out better than what I had hoped or even imagined.

What I received was: constant emails and calls updating me and asking if anything else is needed. If I called and they missed my phone call I would get a call back within 10 minutes. All of my documents were carefully checked and I would get a reply the next day if anything was missing or not correct. There were times that I was impatient and asked to just send the visa off, but was reminded that everything had to be perfect and correct before submitting the application. I was told about every option I had and discussed what the best would be. I was always spoke in a nice, calm, polite manner.

The overall intelligence of this team, especially Anna Foley for me, is outstanding. I am speechless. Anna done such an amazing job on my husband’s application that although we couldn’t apply for the fast service and was told to wait for 12 weeks, we got a reply within 5 weeks.

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Top Notch Immigration Service

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Florence Giwa

"I am glad that i instructed Reiss Edwards on my visa matter. It started with a 20 minutes free immigration advice. I met with Amar to discuss my ILR refusal. He gave me a great deal of quality advice and decided to take on my messy case. I had doubts on the merits of my case by he was relatively convinced he could win it. That made me quite secure. To be honest, things did not start as quick as I would have wanted, but they kept on communicating the process and state of things to me.A big thank you to Verusha and Foram. They were also very helpful. Brilliant and informative. Their fee was fair and reasonable, especially if you compare them to other law firms and immigration law firms in London; some of whom even told me that i would not be able to get an indefinte leave to remain in this country. The process was long but was worth it. In the end, a big thank you to Reiss Edwards".

Salisu Ibrahim

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Amir Sandeep

"The team of lawyers at Reiss Edwards are very professional and friendly people. Their experience in and around UK immigration law is quite extensive; be sure that you application is in safe and competent hands. My immigration matter was an indefinite leave to remain application based on Tier 1 on a self-employment basis. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards made sure that the application was perfect and ready to be accepted. I got a positive decision and I recommend them highly for anyone who needs a UK immigration help".

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