Appeal a decision by the immigration and asylum tribunal

You can appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) if you think there’s a legal mistake with a decision made by the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

The tribunal is independent of government and will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision.

Help you can get

You can get help and advice from a solicitor or regulated immigration adviser.

You can also contact Citizens Advice.

You may be able to get legal aid.

Read the guide on representing yourself  if you’re not going to have a legal representative.

Contact the tribunal if you have any questions about your appeal. The tribunal can’t give you legal advice.

Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
customer.service@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 300 123 1711
Minicom: +44 (0) 300 123 1264
Fax: +44 (0) 870 324 0095
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm
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How to appeal

You must be able to make a case for why the decision was legally wrong. For example, if the tribunal:

  • didn’t apply the correct law or wrongly interpreted the law
  • didn’t follow the correct procedures
  • had no evidence or not enough evidence to support its decision

Ask for permission to appeal

You must ask the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.

You’ll be given the form to ask permission from the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) when you get your decision. Send it with a copy of the decision to the address on the form.

Deadlines for asking the First-tier Tribunal for permission to appeal

You must ask for permission to appeal within a certain period of time of getting your decision.

Your situation When you must appeal by
You’re inside the UK 14 days after the date on the written reasons for the decisions
You’re outside the UK 28 days after the date on the written reasons for the decisions

Fees

There is no fee to appeal to the tribunal.

If you’re refused permission to appeal

You can apply to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal if the First-tier Tribunal refuses, or only gives your permission to appeal on limited grounds.

Download and fill in the Upper Tribunal permission request form and send it with the appropriate documents to the address on the form.

You must also say whether you want a hearing or not.