Immigration and Asylum Tribunal guidance
The Tribunal is currently receiving very high volumes of appeals. Appeal registration, including the processing of appeal fees is currently taking up to six weeks. The Tribunal is listing all non-deport and non-asylum in country appeals between 16 – 20 weeks following registration and all out of country appeals between 16 - 20 weeks following receipt of the respondent bundle.
If you have lodged an appeal and have not heard from the Tribunal after a six week period and wish to contact the Tribunal, contact details can be found on our Contact us page.
Please note that lodging your appeal online is quicker for the Tribunal to administer and will result in your appeal being registered sooner.
Please do not resend or duplicate your appeal submission to the Tribunal during the six week period. Doing so will result in the appeal registration process taking 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.
- Deport someone already 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.
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 writing and is called a 'determination'.
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 launched a public 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 is available to view at: