1. Overview

You may be able to ask the Home Office for:

  • an administrative review when you don’t have the right to appeal
  • a reconsideration request - if you applied in the UK and you believe that immigration rules or policies weren’t followed correctly when the decision was made (this isn’t a formal appeal)

You may be able to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) about a Home Office decision on your:

  • asylum application (also known as ‘protection’)
  • permission to stay in the UK (also known as ‘leave to remain’)
  • deportation from the UK as a national from the European Economic Area
  • entry clearance to the UK

There are different time limits on when you can appeal to the tribunal and when you can apply to the Home Office for reconsideration. You won’t automatically get any extra time to appeal to the tribunal if you apply for a reconsideration request.

The tribunal is independent of government. A judge will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision.

Help you can get

You can get help and advice from a solicitor or an immigration adviser.

You can also contact Citizens Advice.

Read the guide on representing yourself if you’re not going to have a legal representative.

You may be able to get asylum support (eg housing and money) while you’re waiting to find out if you’ll be given asylum.

Contact the tribunal if you have any questions about your appeal. The tribunal can’t give you legal advice.

First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) customer.service@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 123 1711
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Urgent appeal applications

You need to write to the tribunal with:

  • the reason why your case should be heard urgently
  • evidence of compelling or compassionate grounds, eg letters from a doctor or hospital

You should write ‘expedite requests’ on the top of any documents you send with your application.

A judge will review your evidence and decide whether your application should be heard sooner than usual.

Your application will only be reviewed if you’ve paid your tribunal fee (if you need to pay one).

Where to send your application

Send your reasons for the urgent appeal and evidence to the tribunal.

Expedite Requests The First-Tier Tribunal
Office of the Duty Judge
Expedited Appeal Hearing Requests
First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
PO Box 6987
Leicester LE1 6ZX

Contact the tribunal to check if your application has been received.

Expedite Requests The First-Tier Tribunal
Fax: 0870 739 5895