David Bolt, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, has published a report on his inspection of the Home Office’s processes for administrative reviews of immigration cases. In his foreword, at page 2 of the report, Mr Bolt provides an overview of key findings and recommendations from the inspection.
Background to this inspection
Administrative review was introduced as part of the 2014 Immigration Act. Administrative reviews were designed to provide a cost effective system for resolving immigration case working errors, replacing the right of appeal to the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal.
In response to concerns of MPs and peers about the effectiveness and independence of the proposed new process, as the 2014 Act required the Secretary of State, within a year of the legislation coming into force, to commission a report by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. The report published today deals directly with those concerns.
Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration annual report 2015 to 2016
The Independent Chief Inspector has also published his annual report 2015 to 2016, in which he also announces that the Home Secretary has extended his contract by 3 years. Mr Bolt was originally appointed for a 2 year term ending on 30 April 2017. This extension to his appointment has enabled him to take a longer-term and more strategic approach to the work of the Inspectorate, as reflected in his 3 year inspection plan contained within the report.