Appeal the Refusal of a UK Visa Application

Appeal the refusal of a UK visa application

What right of appeal do I have?

When you submit a visa or other immigration applications, you naturally hope for a smooth approval process. Unfortunately, there are instances when the Home Office refuses applications. In such cases, you will receive a refusal letter that specifies whether you have the legal right to appeal the decision. It is important to note that not all circumstances provide an appeal right. However, you may have the option to request an Administrative Review. If you decide to challenge the refusal, acting promptly and in accordance with procedural rules is essential to enhance your chances of success. 

How to appeal?

You can submit your application online, by post or fax after the date of your decision. Your application will be lodged with the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), an independent body separate from the UK government. An Immigration Judge will carefully consider both your argument and that of the Home Office, before making a decision. There are various time limits to appeal, which depend on the location where your initially submitted your application. Therefore, you need to Contact Us immediately if you find yourself in this situation.

How can I get a decision?

You will receive a decision in person or by post. The tribunal will either decide to:

  • allow your application – in this scenario, the Home Office will be required to reassess its initial decision.
  • dismiss your application – this outcome signifies that the Tribunal has upheld the Home Office original decision

If I have lost my appeal, or don’t have the right to appeal, is there anything else I can do?

If you lose your appeal or don’t have the right to appeal, there are still avenues to consider:

  • Permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) – Your can request permission to appeal to a higher judicial body if your initial appeal is dismissed, and you believe there is a legal error in the decision.
  • Judicial Review  – This option allows you to seek a legal review of the decision if you believe there has been a legal mistake. 

If you are unsure about your options or next steps, do not worry. Please bring your case to us and our team of immigration law experts will thoroughly review your situation and discuss the options available to you.


To give your case the best chance of success, get in touch

To give your visa the best chance of success, and to reduce your stress, please contact our immigration experts.

If you wish to speak directly with one of our immigration specialists to get advice about business and personal immigration, or education in the UK and other visa issues, then please contact our Glasgow Head Office on Phone T: +44 (0)141 212 3355 or request a call back by completing the Online Form. You can also email us at More information can be found from Contact Us.  

*Disclaimer: The above information is for general reference only. Specialist legal advice should be sought.

Latest update: August 2023