First-Tier Tribunal Representation

The UK Immigration Appeal procedure can be complex. Our specialist lawyers are highly experienced and can represent you at the First-tier Tribunal, helping guide you through the appeal process and increasing your chances of success.

There are two immigration Tribunals in England and Wales. The First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal. The First-Tier Tribunal deals with the appeals against decisions made by the Home Office regarding permission to stay in the UK, deportation from the UK or entry clearance to the UK. They can also hear bail applications for people in Immigration Detention.

Appeals Procedure

You can only appeal to the First-tier Tribunal if you have the legal right to and you will be usually notified of your right to appeal in your decision letter.

An appeal must be lodged within 14 days of the date you were sent the decision if you are based in the UK or 28 days if you have been refused entry clearance and only extended in certain circumstances.

You will initially need to submit your notice of appeal with full grounds and the specified fee. It is, therefore, important to contact us as soon as possible. Our team will review your refusal letter thoroughly and advise you of your options to move forward with your appeal. In most cases, you have the right to appeal if the Home Office has refused your application based on:

  • If your refugee or humanitarian protection status is revoked
  • Human Rights claim
  • Asylum or humanitarian protection

Submission of your appeal

After submission of your appeal, you will be notified by the Tribunal of your hearing date. It is vital that your matter is suitably prepared, with witness statements and relevant supporting documents that you wish to rely upon. We can assist you with all of this, increasing your chance of a successful appeal. If the Immigration Judge dismisses the appeal, we can help you to make an application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.

However, an application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal can only be made if the Judge made a mistake and on the basis that there has been an error in which the law was applied. If you are granted permission to appeal further, then your case will be transferred to the Upper Tribunal.

Court Fee

Unless you are exempt, then a fee is payable to the Tribunal. The fee is £140.00 for an oral hearing and £80 for a paper application.

How long will my appeal take?

From the point of submitting your notice of appeal to receiving the decision from the immigration Judge can be between 4-8 months. However, some cases can take much longer depending on the complexities.

How We Can Help

Our specialist appeals service includes:

  • Preparation of all witness statements.
  • Preparation and advice on the documents you may need to get in preparation for your appeal.
  • Advice on the merits of your appeal.
  • Advocacy and representation by one of our specialist immigration solicitors or, if required, a highly experienced barrister Comprehensive advice in preparation of the appeal.
  • Comprehensive indexes and page numbered bundle.
  • Advising you and your witnesses in preparation for the hearing.
  • In the event of an unsuccessful appeal, advising you on the next steps (further appeals including Judicial Review at the High Court) and the merits and costs implications.

If we believe that your immigration appeal case is likely to be unsuccessful then we
are always honest and transparent and will not hesitate to tell you.

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Why Choose Us?

Our specialist solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your immigration appeal. They will discuss your circumstances and present you with options on how to proceed. Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted, the case must be argued well and in detail to show evidence that you meet the requirements. 

Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with all types of visa and immigration matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your case and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at for further information and advice about our family visa application services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.

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