The UK Border Agency have issued the Government’s response to the consultation “Immigration appeals, fair decisions; faster justice”, published in August last year, signalling the end of the AIT and High Court reviews.
Borders and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said that he had taken the comments of the working group, including Lin Homer, Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and Lord Justice Richards, Court of Appeal Judge, “on board”.
The Government intends to transfer appeals from the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) to the First Tier and Upper Tribunal to “ensure that the system is fairer and faster, and that its decisions are respected and final”, said Mr Woolas.
The High Court review stage will be replaced by an appeal to the Upper Tribunal.
Mr Woolas said that the “Government expects the new system will ensure that 90% of asylum applications will have either been granted of have exhausted their appeal rights within 18 weeks”. Under the current system this process can take up to 42 weeks.
A copy of the response from and the full Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) can be downloaded at:
Appeals have already been abolished for student visa refusals. Students refused entry clearance under Tier 4 of the points based system, which took effect on 31 March 2009, will now have their cases reviewed by an Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) under the new Administrative Review system.
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