Advocacy and representation (all categories).
In 13 years we have dealt with hundreds of UKBA and Entry Clearance refusals from all over the world, thus being experts in this area and familiar with case law that can be argued in your appeal.
We have a high success rate in winning appeals. Over the years Immigration Judges have often commented at hearings and in Determinations on the scrupulous way in which our paperwork has been prepared.
We are committed to working in partnership with our clients and delivering the highest standard of service one can expect.
In the event the UKBA or British High Commission/Embassy refuse your application they will send you their reasons for doing so and advise you whether the refusal carries a right of appeal.
There are strict time limits for submitting an appeal. If you are in the United Kingdom the following apply:
- If you are in detention - within 5 working days from the day you received the notice of decision or
- If you are not in detention - within 10 working days from the day you received the notice of decision.
You will receive the notice of decision by post two days after the decision is made.
If you are outside the United Kingdom then your appeal form must reach the Tribunal within 28 calendar days from the day you received the notice of decision.
Many Immigration and Asylum appeals now require a fee to be paid before they can be determined by the Tribunal.
If your appeal does not reach the Tribunal by the required date you must explain why your appeal is out of time. The reasons will then be assessed to decide whether there are special circumstances that allow your appeal to proceed.
How We Will Help You
If you have been refused and contact our office we would request a meeting to discuss the refusal, we may ask you to e-mail or fax us a copy before the meeting.
We would then assess the reasons for refusal and advise on the probability of obtaining reconsideration of the decision, or if appealing, the likely success rate. We will advise on alternatives that may be available such as a fresh application.
Our fees for handling the whole appeal process will be made clear at our meeting before you decide on instructing us.
If you do decide to appeal:
- We would draft grounds of appeal and serve the same upon the First Tier Tribunal, also advising relevant parties that we now represent you in this matter.
- On many occasions we have, after serving grounds of appeal, managed to get the refusal reversed. Should this be the case, you will only pay our fee for drafting and serving the grounds of appeal.
- In the event the appeal proceeds to a full hearing we will fully prepare all documentation relating to the appeal including Witness Statements and Skeleton Argument. We will ensure that you have enough notice of documents you need to supply that are to be relied upon at the hearing.
- We will ensure that you and any witnesses are fully briefed before the hearing and if need be a conference arranged with the Barrister who will represent you at the hearing. We work closely with a number of Barristers Chambers who have over 10 years experience in Immigration and Human Rights law, so rest assured you will be in safe hands from the beginning to end.
- On the day of hearing the Barrister will meet you before the hearing and will answer any last minute concerns you may have. At the end of the hearing the Immigration Judge will inform you of when you can expect to receive a decision. However from experience there have been occasions when the Immigration Judge has made a decision on the day.
- If the appeal is successful we will advise you of the next steps to obtain your visa.
- If your appeal is unsuccessful we will advise you on next steps such as a fresh application or appealing to the Upper Tribunal and the merits and costs for doing so. An appeal to the Upper Tribunal can only be made if the Immigration Judge has erred in law.
Disclaimer: The information provided above only provides general guidelines on Immigration Law and these rules change regularly (last update 16 August 2012). It is highly recommended that you call our office for more in depth advice and assistance.