Immigration and Asylum Chamber

First-tier Tribunal guidance

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If you've lodged an appeal and have not heard from the Tribunal after three weeks you can contact the Tribunal.

Lodging your appeal online is quicker for the Tribunal to administer and your appeal will be registered sooner.

Don't resend your appeal submission to the Tribunal during the three week period. This makes the process take longer.

The Tribunal is not sending any post to Syria until further notice. This is due to the current situation in Syria, which has affected postal services.

The First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) is an independent Tribunal dealing with appeals against decisions made by the Home Secretary and her officials in immigration, asylum and nationality matters.

The main types of appeal we receive are made against decisions to:

  • Refuse a person asylum in the UK.
  • Refuse a person entry to, or leave to remain in, the UK.

Appeals are heard by one or more Judges who are sometimes accompanied by non legal members of the Tribunal. Judges and non legal members are appointed by the Lord Chancellor and together form an independent judicial body.

Fees are payable on many Immigration and Asylum Appeals.

Immigration and Appeals Tribunal fees guidance

We hear appeals in a number of hearing centres across the United Kingdom. Where the appeal is being decided at an oral hearing, the person making the appeal (the appellant), their representative and a representative from the Home Office can attend. If you are an appellant without a representative please see leaflet T359 - Immigration guidance for unrepresented appellants.

The Judge (or panel) will decide whether the appeal against the decision of the Home Office should be allowed or dismissed.This will be provided in a written decision and in most cases will be accompanied by a written statement of reasons.

In certain circumstances, either the appellant or respondent may apply for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.

Proposal to amend the FtTIAC Chamber President’s Direction regarding use of non-legal members in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and the Upper Tribunal
(Immigration and Asylum Chamber)

The Senior President of Tribunals has recently responded to a consultation on proposed amendments regarding use of non-legal members in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). An electronic copy of the consultation and the response document is available to view at:

HM Courts & Tribunals Service


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