Administrative Reviews of Home Office Decisions

If your immigration application has been refused, the most likely option available to you is to challenge the decision by way of an administrative review. Usually, with decisions made under the points based system, you must apply for administrative review immediately if you wish to challenge the decision. There are now very limited immigration applications that can be appealed through the UK courts except for human rights based applications.

Administrative review is the process where you can challenge the refusal on the basis that the authorities have made an error in the way they have considered your application. You will usually have 14 days from the date of receiving the decision to apply for an administrative review, unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing you from applying for administrative review immediately.

The process will require you to pay a fee and make submissions as to why you believe the authorities have made an error on how they have considered your case. In the submissions, you may be required to provide legal representations about your case to justify the error of refusal.

Our team has expertise spanning across all areas of immigration law to be able to advise you on the merits of your case. Administrative review may be your only opportunity to challenge the refusal so it is important that you take advice early on and know your options.

If your administrative review fails, your only option may be to challenge this by way of a judicial review.

For more information about our immigration services please contact Nicolas Rollason at or a member of the team.

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