1. Overview

You might be able to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) if the Home Office has:

  • refused your protection claim (also known as ‘asylum claim’ or ‘humanitarian protection’)
  • refused your human rights claim
  • made a decision under the European Economic Area (EEA) Regulations, eg the Home Office has decided to deport you or refused to issue you a residence document
  • decided to revoke your protection status
  • decided to take away your British citizenship

You might also be able to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) about a Home Office decision on an application submitted before 6 April 2015.

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

You might be able to ask the Home Office for an administrative review if you don’t have the right to appeal.

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) if you’ve been refused 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
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
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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
customer.service@gsi.gov.uk
Fax: 0870 739 5895