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Changes to appeals against immigration and asylum decisions from 19 December 2011

Added: Thursday 15th December 2011 03:48:15 AM

Changes to appeals against immigration and asylum decisions from 19 December 2011

The Ministry of Justice will be introducing appeal fee charges for some asylum and immigration appeals from 19 December 2011.

People who want to appeal against a decision notice dated 19 December 2011 or later will need to pay a fee. The appeal fee will apply to most categories of visas and decisions. Any exemptions to the fees will be outlined by the Ministry of Justice. This will not affect any decision notices that are dated before 19 December 2011.

Also, from 19 December 2011 people will need to lodge their appeals at the tribunal in the UK. The UKBA will no longer accept appeals at any of their overseas visa application centres.

Just Legal Group has commented that this would certainly increase the cost of appealing a decision of the UKBA, as previously there was no fee payable. It is unclear at this stage whether there would be any exemptions for people on Income support or low income as is the case with the fees in the County Court and High Court. It is a policy to shift some of the cost of the appeal process on the applicant which was to a certain extent inevitable in the present economic climate.

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