Ask for a visa administrative review

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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 do not have a right of appeal against the refusal
  • you did not make an application as a short term student or a visitor (except if you applied as an S2 Healthcare Visitor)

There’s a different way to ask for an administrative review if you:

How to apply

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

You can apply online.

The decision will be checked for the errors you point out.

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

You cannot 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Your request for an administrative review will be withdrawn (cancelled) if you make any other immigration or visa application.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You can email the Home Office and ask for your request to be withdrawn.

You must include your name, date of birth, nationality and your Global Web Form (GWF) reference number.

Your GWF reference number was given to you when you first applied. You can find it on emails and letters from the Home Office about your application.