UK Immigration Barristers understands that at present around 1 in 3 Family Visitor Visa appeals result in a successful outcome.
(PRWEB UK) 9 January 2013
Following a UK Immigration review of current legislation, Parliament has taken strides to abolish the right of appeal against the refusal of UK visa applications. At present Family Visitor Visas are the only visa route whereby an applicant has full rights of appeal should an application be refused.
However, should the latest review of UK Immigration laws be passed by the Government, the full right of appeal for Family Visitor Visa applicants will also be abolished. This is not the first time that UK Immigration ministers have attempted to abolish full rights of appeal for the Family Visitor Visa route, having previously abolished the chance to appeal refusal decisions back in 1993.
However, the right to appeal was reintroduced in 2000 by the Labour Government. But, now the current Government is looking to eliminate the appeal process once again. Steps have already been taken to ‘refine’ the definition of ‘Family Visitor’ for visa appeal purposes. Under current laws Uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and currents are no longer applicable to the Family Visit Visa route.
In a statement from a UK Government spokesperson, they said: “Abolishing the right of appeal will ‘save tens of millions of pounds’, and enable immigration tribunals to focus on more important types of case. It is considerably quicker and cheaper for a refused applicant to submit a new application rather than wait for an appeal to be processed.”
UK Immigration Barristers understands that those opposed to the idea of abolishing appeals say that it’s imperative that applicants have access to an independent appeal tribunal. Opposition opinion suggests that the review of the appeals system does not take into consideration concerns surrounding the initial decision making process, whereby a number of perfectly legitimate applications are refused due to ‘clerical or administrative’ errors.
UK Immigration Barristers also understands that at present around 1 in 3 Family Visitor Visa appeals result in a successful outcome.
In a statement from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, they said: We urge the Government to provide Parliament with further information about the use of additional evidence as a matter of urgency. It has said that it cannot support the removal of family visitors’ right of appeal whilst the success rate remains so high.
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