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 depending on if you’re applying from inside the UK or from outside the UK.

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 regulated 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 133 1711
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