The Government publishes the White Paper "Fairer, Faster and Firmer" in July. This includes proposals to regulate people who provide immigration services and advice - leading to the Immigration Services Tribunal.
The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 becomes law in November. This leads to the creation of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (the regulatory body) and the Immigration Services Tribunal (the appeal body).
The Immigration Services Tribunal is launched on 30th October. It operates in line with Sections 87, 88, 89 and 90 and Schedule 7 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Our procedures are set out in The Immigration Services Tribunal Rules 2000 and The Immigration Services Tribunal (Amendment) Rules 2002.
The Immigration Services Tribunal is transferred into The General Regulatory Chamber of the First–Tier Tribunal. Procedures are set out in the Tribunal Procedure (First–Tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009.
The Tribunal forms part of the Tribunal Service. It consists of:
We normally arrange hearings at Victory House, 30–34 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6EX, although the Tribunal could sit anywhere in the United Kingdom, as long as suitable accommodation is available.