Ask for a visa administrative review

If you're outside the UK

You’ll be told in your application refusal letter if you can ask for the decision on your visa application to be reviewed. This is known as an ‘administrative review’.

You can only ask for an administrative review if all of the following apply:

  • you’re outside the UK
  • you applied outside the UK
  • your application was refused on or after 6 April 2015
  • you don’t have a right of appeal against the refusal
  • you didn’t make an application as a visitor or a short term student

How to apply

You must apply for an administrative review within 28 days of getting the decision.

You’ll either get the administrative review application form with your application refusal letter, or you’ll be asked to download it.

When you get the form you must:

  • enter the reasons for refusal that are on your decision letter, and say why you think a mistake was made
  • send your completed form in the method the application refusal letter suggests (by email, post or in person)

The guidance notes tell you how to fill in the administrative review application form.

The decision will be checked for the errors you point out. Don’t send new information or documents for review unless you’ve been asked to.

You’ll usually receive the result of the administrative review within 28 days.

You can’t request a second review (unless the result of the first review found new reasons why you were refused).

Withdraw your request

Your request for an administrative review will be withdrawn (cancelled) if you make any other immigration or visa application.

Your request will be rejected if you ask for a review of a previous decision after submitting a new application.

You can ask for your request to be withdrawn by writing to the Visa Application Centre you sent it to.

You must include your name, date of birth, nationality and either your administrative review payment reference number or Home Office reference number.