UK Visa Appeal Process
After you have invested time, energy and money into a visa application, receiving a refusal letter can feel like the end of the world. The rejection rate for UK visas is roughly around 15%, and this covers everything from Visitor Visas to Work Permits. The current government is attempting to reduce people coming to the country. It is expected that this rejection percentage will continue to rise, so more and more people should expect to have their visa denied. If you receive a ‘Visa Denied Letter’ you will probably have a lot of questions about the next steps and the visa appeal process.
Our team of highly-qualified lawyers can help you with these questions. We can investigate the grounds of your refusal, liaise with the Home Office and assess your right of appeal. If you appeal a refused visa, one of our lawyers will work with you closely. He/she will prepare a Letter of Representation which will accompany any application for appeal you make. This will provide information about the merits of your case and any relevant immigration laws that may support it. Your lawyer will also legally represent you if your case is heard at a Tribunal.
Contact us now on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online to consult one of our lawyers if you have had your visa refused. Our team of specialist immigration lawyers are based across the UK, including in London, Manchester, or Birmingham. You can also use the office finder to find your closest branch.
Last modified on July 16th, 2023 at 8:15 pm
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The Home Office may choose to reject your visa for a plethora of reasons. You may have forgotten to include a document or not formatted a required document in the correct way.
You must show the restrictions on financial requirements over the course of at least 28 days and you must meet these restrictions exactly – the government will not provide you with any leniency.
Your rejection letter will provide you with all the information needed in whether or not an appeal is possible. You may have a valid case to be sent to appeal if:
- the Home Office has refused or revoked your right to protection e.g. in an asylum case;
- your visa refusal appeal is in breach of your human rights e.g. right to a private life;
- if the decision is related to the EEA; or
- if your British Citizenship is going to be revoked.
Appeals can be made through the government website or through filling out the appropriate form and posting or faxing it to the number on your rejection letter.
Appeals should be filed within the first two weeks of receiving your Visa Denied Letter. If you are outside the UK the appeal may be filed within 28 days (including holidays and non-business days) from receiving. Detainees must lodge an appeal within five days.
During the visa appeal process, it can be helpful to have someone who knows the specific up-to-date elements of the law as it pertains to your case.
However, it is not required to have a lawyer during the visa appeal process, there are also steps you can make to represent yourself in any future hearing.
If a court case happens for your visa refusal appeal, you will be notified about the details via post. You are able to have your representative attend the hearing if you are unable to attend.
At the hearing, an impartial immigration judge will hear both sides of the review and make their decision either in person or by post.
Your visa will be granted if you win your tribunal, the judge may make the Home Office pay you the amount you paid for the tribunal.
If you believe there was a legal oversight during your tribunal then your next option would be to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.
This path should be taken if you believe the judge did not apply the law correctly, got the law wrong, if they did not provide evidence of their decision or if they did not follow the correct procedures.
Our lawyers can assist you if you have received a visa denied letter and had your application for any immigration application denied.
One of our lawyers will:
- investigate the reason for your refusal;
- liaise with the Home Office where appropriate;
- determine your eligibility to appeal;
- if you appeal: oversee the appeal application to ensure that it is completed properly;
- assess the best appeal route for your situation;
- legally represent you if your case is taken to a tribunal.