Entry Clearance Appeal

Entry Clearance Appeal to the First Tier Tribunal

If you have submitted an application from outside the country and have been refused, you may be able to appeal the immigration decision if you have reasons to believe there was an error with the immigration decision. Please note that not all entry clearance applications carry a right of appeal to the first tier tribunal (Asylum & Immigration Chambers). You may, however, be able to do an administrative review for refusal of Point based system visa applications though.

Within 28 days of receiving the immigration refusal letter, you can appeal against the immigration decision of the Entry Clearance Officer if the applicant is given the right of appeal against the application refusal for entry clearance. Submission of the Notice of appeal can be sent to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in the UK or to the British Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the applicant’s country of origin.

It is important to note that there may be times where the best option and/or route going forward is to make a fresh decision. In other words, appealing a decision against you may not always be the best option, there may be times where a fresh application is the best course of action. Please contact us for immigration advice if you are unsure.

Step 1 - Grounds of Immigration Appeal

The Appellant has to carefully consider and draft the grounds on which he may rely in his appeal. This is an opportunity for the appellant to address all the concerns and issues raised in the notice of decision and the reasons of refusal of the immigration application. It would also be useful to refer to the information or the documents already provided with the said application and highlighting any relevant sections and provide a detailed explanation addressing the issues.

Drafting grounds of appeal is a specialized area of immigration work and should therefore be left for the experts to handle it.

Time Frames to lodge an Immigration AppealOut-Country Immigration Appeals

All out-country applicants are given 28 calendar days to lodge appeals to the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber). The Immigration Tribunals are quite strict in adherence to the deadline of 28 days and one has to give a good reason, in case of any delays.

Step 2 -Court Hearings & Preparation of Appeal bundles

Once appeal is lodged along with the grounds of appeal, the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal schedules the appeal for a full court hearing. The location of the court depends on the address of the appellant or in case of out-country appeal on the address of the sponsor or the legal representatives.  Court hearings take place on the scheduled date and venue unless a very good reason is presented to seek adjournment of the court hearing.

The appellant or his legal representatives need to prepare a bundle of documents for the upcoming hearing that is generally sent at least 5 working days before the court hearing. The bundle should include the witness statement of the appellant (if in-country) or the sponsor or any other witnesses that the appellant wishes to present to the tribunal, a chronology of relevant events, skeleton arguments and all the documents relevant to the issues raised in the notice of decision or the reasons of refusal.

It is really important to advise the witnesses of the appeal to be well prepared for the hearing and what to expect on the court hearing date. It has often occurred that the witnesses get confused or panic just because they were asked unexpected questions which they were not sure about or they were not advised anything about it.

Step 3 – Representation at court by Expert Immigration Barristers

We have several renowned immigration Barristers on our panel who have won numerous complex cases for our clients. Our trusted immigration Barristers have represented several of our clients in the First Tier Tribunals and which led Chauhan Solicitors to maintain an excellent success record.

Our expert Immigration Barristers ensure that clients are fully prepared for the hearing at the First Tier Tribunal by providing comprehensive advise on what to expect at the court hearing and how to handle any unexpected questions.

How our Immigration Solicitors can help you with Entry Clearance Appeals?

Our Immigration Solicitors can expeditiously deal with your immigration matters by advising on the merits of visa applications, required documentation and relevant procedures.

Mr. Intisar Chauhan, Principal Solicitor at Chauhan Solicitors, is an expert Immigration Solicitor in London who has been dealing with UK Immigration Laws since 2003. Our Immigration Solicitors shall provide you with best possible Immigration advice / consultation and accordingly shall prepare your immigration matter under direct supervision of Mr Chauhan. After consultation, if you want us to start preparing your case, you can expect the followings from our Immigration lawyers:

  • Our immigration solicitors will discuss the details about your immigration matter, assessing the merits and advise you on the law, procedure and other requirements for the whole process.
  • Our immigration solicitors shall keep you updated on the progress of your immigration matters and advise on any procedures involved and give time estimates and merits throughout the pendency of your immigration matters.
  • Our immigration solicitors shall also advise on alternative immigration options where you may be eligible to switch into which may be more beneficial.
  • Our immigration solicitors are based in central London (EC2Y 9ST) and are therefore based in convenient access of clients from all over London and even from outside London.
  • Our immigration solicitors are specialist immigration solicitors who are able to handle all types of immigration work including entry clearance applications, further leave to remain applications, Indefinite Leave to remain applications, Immigration Appeals, Judicial Reviews, EEA applications, Settled and Pre-settled applications, Immigration bail applications and other complex immigration matters.
  • Our immigration solicitors are one of the best immigration solicitors in London as several of our clients have stated in their reviews of our services.
  • Our immigration solicitors have teamed up with the best immigration barristers in and outside London who are immigration specialists and well equipped to represent our clients in any complex immigration matters.
  • Our immigration solicitors charge on an agreed basis (except Judicial Review matters) which is competitive and never surprise you for any other hidden fees or costs involved.

Our Immigration Solicitors are just a phone call or an email away and are available at 0203 514 2536 or info@chauhansolicitors.com and once in contact, be assured that you will be in safe hands.