Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber

The Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (UTIAC) is a superior court of record dealing with

  • appeals against decisions made by the First-tier Tribunal in matters of immigration, asylum and nationality and;
  • certain judicial reviews, mainly in the immigration context.

Cases are heard by one or more Upper Tribunal Judges (who, in the case of appeals, may sometimes be accompanied by non legal members of the Tribunal). Judges and non legal members are appointed by HM the Queen or the Lord Chancellor and together they form an independent judicial body.

Cases are heard in a number of hearing centres across the United Kingdom.

Appeals can be made by either the Home Office or the original appellant in the appeal. The Upper Tribunal will decide whether the decision of the First-tier Tribunal was correct in law. If the Upper Tribunal deems that an error of law has been made in the decision of the First-tier Tribunal, it can substitute its own decision in place of it, or order the First-tier Tribunal to redecide the appeal.

Judicial review is the procedure by which you can seek to challenge the decision, action or failure to act of a public body such as a government department or a local authority or other body exercising a public law function.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service


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