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Appeals

The Home Office will send an appeal form and guidance notes to you with their decision if they refuse your application. If you need a copy of an appeal form, they are available on this website and can be found under forms and guidance.

All documents in other languages must be translated into English, signed by the translator to certify that the translation is accurate and the translation attached to the original document. Make copies of the completed form and all documents that support your appeal, keep the original documents and send copies with the completed form as follows.

Lodging your appeal from inside the United Kingdom

IAFT-1 Forms and supporting appeal documents should be sent to:

First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
Administrative Support Centre
Birmingham
P.O. Box 14619
Birmingham
B16 6FQ

Your appeal form must reach us;

The date you receive the notice of decision by post is two days after the date on the notice.

If your appeal does not reach us by the required date, you must explain why you were not able to submit it in time. The reasons will then be assessed to decide whether there are special circumstances that allow your appeal to proceed.

Lodging your appeal from outside the United Kingdom

IAFT-2 / IAFT-3 Forms and supporting appeal documents should be sent to:

First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
PO Box 6987
Leicester
LE1 6ZX

Fax: 0116 249 4214

Your appeal form must reach us;

The date you receive the notice of decision by post is 28 calendar days after the date on the notice.

If your appeal does not reach us by the required date, you must explain why you were not able to submit it in time. The reasons will then be assessed to decide whether there are special circumstances that allow your appeal to proceed.

Alternatively if you are outside the United Kingdom and wish to appeal against the decision of an entry clearance officer, you may also give notice of appeal by serving it on the entry clearance officer.

Please note if you are outside the United Kingdom your appeal will not be listed for hearing until after the entry clearance officer has considered the appeal papers and prepared an explanatory statement giving full details of the reasons for refusal.

You may find it useful to visit the FAQ section where the answer to some Frequently Asked Questions about appeals can be found.

PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ORIGINALS OF DOCUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF YOUR APPEAL – CLEAR COPIES ONLY, PLEASE.

Appeal types

Asylum

An asylum appeal relates to a person who is under threat in their own country and looks to the United Kingdom for protection, for example during times of civil war.

Immigration

An immigration appeal relates to a person who has applied to enter or stay in the United Kingdom. These can be settlement (long term eg. marriage) applications, or non-settlement (a short term visa eg. as a student).

Applications refused under the points based system outside of the UK have limited right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal. See the UK Border Agency – Visa services website for more information.

Visit Visa

A visit visa appeal relates to a person who has been refused permission to visit a family member living in the United Kingdom. Visit visa cases can be heard at a hearing or dealt with on papers.

Human Rights

A human rights appeal is where a person claims their basic human rights have been breached.

Bail

An application to be released on bail from a person detained under the Immigration Acts. The bail application form is available for download in the Forms and Guidance section of this website.

A small amount of appeals are also received for deprivation of citizenship, race discrimination and non suspensive appeals.