The full right of appeal for applicants as a family visitor has been removed. Since 25 June 2013, there is no Right of Appeal for UK Family Visit Visa Refusal.
Why Right of Appeal Abolished?
According to the Home Office, instead of making a fresh application, the right of appeal was used by applicants to submit further information to support their claim. Anyone refused a visit visa may reapply as many times as they like. Applicants can provide additional information in support of their application.
Faster Decision Making
A decision will also be received much more quickly by submitting a reapplication. The UK Visa Processing Time is typically within 15 days. In comparison, the appeal route takes longer up-to eight months. However, if a family visit visa has been refused successively on more than one occasion and the applicant thinks that proper procedure has not been followed then he/she can consult an immigration solicitor for challenging the refusal decision through filing a Judicial Review.
The UK Gov received as many as forty-six thousand (46,000) visit visa appeals in 2012. According to UK Government removing appeals has enabled visa staff to make decisions quicker, which has led to an improved customer service.
The official statement of the Home Office reads as under:
The full right of appeal for applicants seeking entry to the UK as a family visitor has been removed.
From today (25 June, 2013), there will be no right of appeal against the refusal of a family visit visa application, unless the appeal is on human rights or race discrimination grounds.
Streamlined visa process
Immigration Minister Mark Harper said:
Family visitor appeals make up more than a third of all immigration appeals going through the system, with many applicants using it as an opportunity to submit information that should have been included in the first place.
Removing the right of appeal will save £107 million over the next decade, making the process faster and cheaper for applicants and allowing officials to focus on more complex cases, such as asylum claims and foreign criminal deportations.
Faster decision making
Previously, the right of appeal was being used by applicants to submit further information to support their claim, instead of making a fresh application.
Under the new system, anyone refused a visit visa may reapply as many times as they like and can provide additional information in support of their application.
A decision will also be received much more quickly through this method – typically 15 days in comparison to the appeal route, which can take up to eight months.
With 46,000 visit visa appeals received last year alone, removing the burden of these appeals should allow visa staff to make decisions quicker and lead to an improved customer service.
Crime and Courts Act
These changes were brought in as part of the Crime and Courts Act, which received royal assent in April.