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The Home Office will remove the full right of appeal for family visitor visa applicants refused leave to enter the UK after June 2013.

This week on 25 April 2013 Royal Assent was given to a clause in the Crime and Courts Bill, published on 10 May 2012, which enables the Home office to ‘push’ the change through.

The Home Office said the abolition of the right to appeal against family visit visa refusals is expected to come into force on or soon after 25 June.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

New ‘appeal arrangements’ will apply to anyone unfortunate enough to apply to enter the UK to visit a family member, on or after the implementation date, who is subsequently refused a visa. They will have no right of appeal.

The Home Office added:

‘By removing the right of appeal, we are bringing the family visitor visa in line with all other visitor visa categories.

‘Applicants who are refused can re-apply addressing the reasons for refusal instead of appealing. This will be quicker and cost less than an appeal.

‘In 2011-12 95% of applications were decided within 15 days, whereas the appeal system can take up to 8 months to deliver a result.’

Whilst it may be the case that 95% of applications were ‘decided’ within 15 days, how many of those decisions made by fellow Entry Clearance Officers’ (ECO’s) were made in favour of the family visa applicant?

The reason the courts take longer to process appeals is because so many visa applicants have to resort to the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals to overturn bad decisions.

The Home office will update the policy guidance, forms and website information to reflect the changes in time for implementation.

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  1. this is a sick joke.

    ive seen applications refused and when they’ve come to appeal the judge has laughed at the original decision and overturned it in 5 mins flat.

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