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UK Family Visas – right of appeal abolished

Posted on June  28 , 2013

The full right of appeal for applicants seeking entry to the UK as a family visitor has been removed. From 25 June 2013, there will be no right of appeal against the refusal of a family visit visa application, unless the appeal is on human rights or race discrimination grounds. Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “Family visitor appeals make up more than a third of all immigration appeals going through the system, with many applicants using it as an opportunity to submit information that should have been included in the first place. “Removing the right of appeal will save £107 million over the next decade, making the process faster and cheaper for applicants and allowing officials to focus on more complex cases, such as asylum claims and foreign criminal deportations.” Under the new system, anyone refused a visit visa may reapply as many times as they like and can provide additional information in support of their application. A decision will also be received much more quickly through this method – typically 15 days in comparison to the appeal route, which can take up to eight months. With 46,000 visit visa appeals received last year, removing family visa appeals should allow UK visa staff to make decisions quicker on other visas.