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Few things are as disheartening as having your application for leave to enter or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK refused. And unfortunately, if you have applied for a visa under the Points-Based-System, you may not have a right of appeal, only to apply for an Administrative Review.

At Sultan Lloyd, our immigration Solicitors will provide smart, compassionate, practical advice if you wish to appeal a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) decision. Led by firm director, Nighat Sultana, our multi-lingual immigration law team has a robust reputation in successfully overturning immigration refusals for our clients. We understand the stress a refusal can place on you and your family. Therefore, we work quickly and pro-actively to examine the reason for your refusal and find a solution. If this is not in the form of an appeal, we will advise you of other options available.

To speak to our Immigration Appeals Solicitor, call us on 0121 248 2850 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click here to make an online enquiry.

What is an Immigration Appeal?

In English law, if a decision by a government body, such as UKVI or a Tribunal goes against you, you have the right to appeal that decision to a higher Court. The right to appeal an immigration refusal has been severely restricted by the UK government in recent years. For Points-Based-System visas, such as Tier 2 (General) Visasor Spouse Visas, the only basis for making an appeal is on human rights grounds. This can be complicated, which is why it is crucial to have the advice and representation of an experienced immigration lawyer.

The grounds for appeal under the Immigration Rules are:

·         the appellant’s removal would be contrary to the Refugee Convention

·         the appellant’s removal would be contrary to the UK’s obligations in relation to humanitarian protection

·         the appellant’s removal would be contrary to his or her rights under the European Convention on Human Rights

·         the appellant’s protection status or British Citizenship has been revoked

EEA nationals and their family members have a right to appeal if the Home Office’s decisions breach the Appellant’s rights under the EU Treaties in respect of entry to, or residence in, the UK. EEA nationals and their family members can also appeal refusals for Pre-settled Status and Settled Status.

Can my appeal be heard urgently?

If your circumstances require that your appeal for leave to remain be heard urgently, we can write to the Tribunal stating why an urgent appeal should be granted. Evidence such as medical reports (if you require a fast appeal for health reasons) or other supporting documents will need to be included in the application.

Without experience in dealing with the Courts, it can be easy to unknowingly forget to include certain documents which could greatly increase your urgent appeal application’s chance of success. We know exactly what to include and in addition, we can write a persuasive covering letter to the Court, demonstrating why your case merits an urgent decision.

Do I have to leave the country to appeal an immigration refusal?

It depends on the circumstances of your case. In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in R (Kiarie) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; R (Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42 that the government’s policy to deport foreign criminals and those that had overstayed their leave to remain first and hear their appeals later was ruled by the Supreme Court to be incompatible with the appellants’ right to respect for their private and family life.

However, in two more recent cases, the Appellants’ have been deported, meaning they have to make an out-of-country appeal.

The ability to make a successful appeal is diminished if you have to leave the country. Therefore, our team will resolutely fight to ensure you can stay in the UK whilst your appeal is being applied for and heard.

Does my immigration appeal have a chance of success?

In 2018, it was reportedthat nearly three-quarters of final immigration court appeals brought by the Home Office against rulings allowing asylum seekers and other migrants to stay in the UK are dismissed. In addition, the former President of the Upper Tribunal, condemned the Home Secretary for launching an appeal “on a wing and a prayer”, stating: “It was manifestly devoid of any substance or merit and should have been exposed accordingly.”

Our immigration lawyers will challenge a refusal that is based on shaky ground. In many cases, a pre-action letter to UKVI setting out why our client’s application should have been approved is enough to have the refusal reversed. This is often the case with appeals for refused EEA Family Permits and EEA Residence Cards, Settlement, Standard Visitor Visa, and Spouse/Umarried Partner Visa application.

Nighat and her team are smart, experienced, and ruthlessly efficient at spotting weaknesses in UKVI decisions. By instructing us, you can be confident your immigration appeal has the best chance of success.

How we can help you make an immigration appeal

With decades of experience in advising on immigration law, Nighat and her team will ensure your immigration appeal application runs smoothly from beginning to end. Let us take the worry off your shoulders and work with you to ensure your appeal has the best chance of success.

To speak to our Immigration Appeals Solicitor, call us on 0121 248 2850 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click here to make an online enquiry.

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