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The First-tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber (FTTIAC) forms part of the Tribunals Service, an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. The implementation of FTTIAC in February 2010 superseded the former Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT).

Our purpose is to hear and decide appeals against decisions made by the Home Office in matters of immigration and asylum.

Appeals are heard by one or more Immigration Judges and are sometimes accompanied by non legal members of the Tribunal. Immigration Judges and non legal members are appointed by the Lord Chancellor and together they form an independent judicial body.

We hear appeals in a number of hearing centres across the United Kingdom.

The person making the appeal (the appellant), their representative and a representative from the Home Office can attend the hearing. The Immigration Judge (or panel) will decide whether the appeal against the decision of the Home Office should be allowed or dismissed. This will be provided in writing and is called a "determination".

In certain circumstances, either the "appellant" or ´respondent´ may apply for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.