Appeal a decision by the immigration and asylum tribunal

3. If you have a hearing

You or your representative will be told when and where your hearing will take place. You can check the daily courts lists on the day of your hearing to find out if anything has changed.

You may need to attend a pre-hearing first, where the tribunal will check that you’re ready for the full hearing to take place.

Bring copies of all the documents that you gave to the tribunal.

You can bring a friend to represent you - ask the judge at the beginning of the hearing if this is the case.

Special requirements

Write to the Customer Enquiry Unit at least 2 weeks before your hearing if you need any special help, eg wheelchair access.

Customer Enquiry Unit
IA Field House
15-25 Breams Buildings
London
EC4A 1DZ

Private hearings or hearings by video

Hearings are usually carried out in public. If you have an important need (eg you think you’ll be put in danger if you go to the hearing), you can ask:

Asking for a male or female judge

You can ask for a male or female judge if you think there are issues in your appeal that make it appropriate. The tribunal will decide if it can do this.

Make your request as soon as possible when your apply, and no later than 7 days before the hearing.

If you can’t attend the hearing

You must attend the hearing yourself if you’re in the UK. You can also bring a solicitor or regulated immigration adviser with you.

If you’re not in the UK, you can ask a solicitor, regulated immigration adviser or the person who supported your application (your ‘sponsor’) to attend the hearing in your place.

You can only be represented at the hearing by a solicitor or regulated immigration adviser, your sponsor can’t act on your behalf.

Your sponsor can’t represent you at the hearing, they can only be:

  • told the tribunal’s decision
  • given information over the phone

You must write to the tribunal to tell them if your sponsor will be attending the hearing in your place. Include the case reference number of your appeal.

Children at the hearing

You can’t take children into the hearing room with you. If you need to bring them to the tribunal, you’ll need to bring someone to look after them.

If your appeal can’t be resolved at the hearing

If your appeal isn’t held on its scheduled day for any reason (eg there isn’t a judge available) it’ll be ‘adjourned’ and rescheduled for another day.

Your hearing may also be adjourned as ‘part heard’ if there isn’t enough time to finish it, or it can’t be resolved on the day, eg because more evidence is needed.

The tribunal will arrange another hearing with the same people present.