You can ask for the decision on your visa or immigration application to be reviewed if you applied in the UK. This is known as a ‘reconsideration request’. It isn’t a formal appeal.

You can only make a reconsideration request if you applied in the UK to:

  • extend your visa
  • switch visas
  • settle in the UK
  • transfer your visa or indefinite leave to remain to a biometric residence permit - known as a ‘transfer of conditions’ (TOC) or ‘no time limit’ (NTL)

You should only make a reconsideration request if you believe that immigration rules or policies weren’t followed correctly when the decision was made. You’ll need to point out in your request which rules or policies you mean.

You must be in the UK to make a reconsideration request.

When you can’t make a reconsideration request

You can’t make a reconsideration request if you’re unhappy with:

  • a Tier 4 visa decision and you applied on or after 20 October 2014
  • a Tier 1, 2 or 5 visa decision and you applied on or after 2 March 2015

Read the full list of reasons why you can’t make a reconsideration request.

You can only ask for a visa administrative review.

When you can make a reconsideration request

You can make a request if your application was refused and you have any of the following:

  • new evidence about the date of the application
  • new evidence to prove that your documents were authentic
  • evidence that information received by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before the decision date was not available to the team who made the decision

You can also make a request if your application was successful but you believe the type of leave granted or the expiry date of the leave is wrong.

Read the guidance on reconsidering visa or immigration decisions and use the information in your decision or refusal letter to decide if you can make a request.

When your request will be rejected

Your reconsideration request will be rejected if you:

  • make a new application before or after you send the request
  • have since been given permission to stay in another visa category
  • left the UK and your permission to stay has expired
  • were removed or deported from the UK
  • have already exhausted your appeal rights or lost your case in a judicial review
  • you need to apply for an administrative review instead of immigration reconsideration

You can’t make a request if it relates to new evidence that wasn’t received by UKVI before the decision date.

How to make a request

Write a letter saying why you think the decision was wrong. Refer to the rules or policy under which you applied - check the guidance for your application to find the right rules or policies.

Send your request to the team who made the decision on your original application - the address will be shown on the decision letter.

You must make your request as soon as possible and no later than 3 months after you get the decision on your application.

You can only make one reconsideration request.

If you made your request before 13 November 2012 (known as a ‘legacy request’) and your immigration status is still not resolved your request will still be considered as long as you meet the guidance requirements.