Immigration & Nationality Appeals

Immigration & Nationality Appeals

As Immigration Law specialists, we have extensive experience in assisting and representing clients in all areas of immigration and nationality appeals. Appealing immigration decisions is a complex area of law and expert representation is vital for getting the best possible outcome.

Even if there are no automatic rights of appeal against decisions of the UK Border Agency or British embassies and consulates abroad, we can still provide advice and assistance. When you do have the right to appeal decisions of the UK Border Agency or an Entry Clearance Officer at a British embassy or consulate abroad, there are usually strict time limits to lodge appeals at the Immigration & Asylum Chamber (IAC).

Once an appeal is lodged, there will usually be further strict time limits for the preparation and filing of the relevant case papers before the appeal hearing. Knightsbridge Solicitors can help you through the process of appealing immigration decisions, from lodging your appeal through to providing you with expert in-house advocacy at your appeal hearing. We can even represent you at your appeal if you are not based in the UK.

Our immigration lawyers can assist with appeals to the Immigration & Asylum Chamber (IAC), including the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal, against:

  • refusal to grant visa extensions
  • refusal to grant indefinite leave to remain
  • refusal to grant entry clearance or leave to remain as a spouse of a person present and settled in the UK
  • curtailment or leave to remain in the UK
  • refusal by a British embassy or consulate of British High Commission issue entry clearance (visas) to enter the UK
  • decisions of the UK Border Agency to issue “removal directions”
  • decisions of the UK Border Agency infringing on your Human Rights
  • decisions of the UK Border Agency to make a deportation order
  • decisions of the UK Border Agency refusing asylum or refusing Discretionary or Humanitarian Leave to Remain visas pursuant to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention or the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
  • decisions of the UK Border Agency where there are no automatic rights of appeal. Our immigration team are highly experienced at challenging even cases where appeal rights are not available, often by application to the Administrative Court for Judicial Review

 

Our specialist appeals service includes the following services:

 

  • obtaining your immigration file from your previous representatives and informing the AIT and UK Border Agency that we are representing you
  • full preparation of all witness statements
  • full preparation and advice on all documents you may need to get in preparation for your appeal
  • full, candid advice on the merits of your appeal
  • appearance at court comprising advocacy and representation by one of our specialist immigration solicitors or, if required, a highly experienced barrister
  • comprehensive advice in preparation of the appeal
  • a comprehensive skeleton argument for the court citing all relevant law, caselaw and facts
  • a comprehensive indexed and page numbered bundle in accordance with courts directions
  • advising you and your witnesses in preparation for the hearing
  • ensuring that the UK Border Agency comply with their responsibilities to the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal and any decisions made by the Tribunal
  • in the event of an unsuccessful appeal, advising you on the next steps (further appeals including Judicial Review at the High Court) and the merits and costs implications.

If your immigration appeal case is unlikely to be successful, we will not hesitate to tell you. We pride ourselves on an extremely high success rate in immigration appeal cases, due to our unrivalled preparation and meticulous assessment of cases. We also strive to offer all our immigration clients a One Stop Service. This means that the solicitor preparing your immigration appeal will also be providing advocacy at your appeal on your behalf in almost all cases. This provides a seamless service, reduces misunderstandings and ensures that the advocate attending your appeal has a real knowledge of every aspect of your case.

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