The UK visa appeal procedure can be complex. Our specialist lawyers are highly experienced and can assist with judicial reviews of immigration decisions.

We specialize in providing legal advice to individuals on immigration appeal rights, administrative reviews, and judicial reviews. Upon refusal of your immigration application, you may be able to apply for a Judicial Review of the decision depending on the circumstance.

What is a Judicial Review?

Judicial review is a court process where there is an independent review by a judge on the steps a Public Authority or the Home Office has taken to reach a decision on an immigration application.

An appeal differs in that it reviews the ultimate decision made. Judicial review focuses on the legality of the procedure taken to reach the decision. If you believe that the refusal of your immigration application was based on unfairness, irrationality, or illegality, you can ask for a judicial review of the decision process.

Most judicial reviews in asylum and immigration cases in England and Wales are heard in the Upper Tribunal.

A judge will first need to grant permission for a judicial review to take place, therefore, the first step is to apply for permission.

If the court finds that the public body has acted unlawfully it can award damages, but this is rare in practice. Most likely the court will do one of the following:

  • Issue a declaration – a judgement that clarifies the rights of the respective parties without ordering the authority to do anything
  • Issue a mandatory order (requiring the public authority to do something)
  • Issue a prohibitory order (preventing the public authority from doing something)
  • Quash (invalidate) the decision

The Process

There are distinct grounds under which this challenge can be bought and there is a specific process which must be followed.
Being granted permission is the first step to getting a decision overturned.

Usually, an application for judicial review should be made no later than three months after the decision that you are trying to challenge was made and should only be lodged after all ordinary appeal rights are exhausted.

Judicial review proceedings may not be suitable for all applicants and so you speak to our specialist team for more information.

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How We Can Help?

We can assist with the following:

  • Representation at the hearing
  • Preparation of court bundles for Judicial Review proceedings
  • Practical advice as to the merits of seeking permission to apply for Judicial Review
  • Drafting of grounds
  • Drafting Letters of Claim and pre-action protocol letters
  • Drafting Judicial Review Claim Forms, Statements of Facts and Schedules of Essential Reading

How We Can Help

Why Choose Us?

Our specialist immigration solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your matter. 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 appeals and judicial reviews. 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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