Immigration Law: Changes to Right of Appeal for Family Visitor Visa Applicants

02 May 2013

Applicants for a family visitor visa will no longer have the right to appeal a refused leave application.

The full implementation of the new rules was initially delayed until 2014, but the change is now expected to come into force around 25 June 2013. The new rule will affect anybody who requires a visa to enter the UK to visit a family member on or after the commencement date.

The removal of this right makes the family visitor visa consistent with all other visitor visa categories. Refused applicants can re-submit their application and address the reasons for their refusal. The UK Border Agency’s purpose in making this change is to bring the family visit visa in line with other categories and minimise the pressure on UK courts and tribunals. Home Office statistics reveal that in 2011-2012, 95% of applications were decided within 15 days, whereas it can take up to 8 months for a decision to be reached after an appeal is lodged.

Please contact our Immigration Team if you have any queries.