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An Entry Clearance Appeal is a legal process in which a person who has been refused entry to the UK can appeal the decision. Solicitors can help with the appeal process and ensure the best possible outcome given your situation.Next steps

How much does an Entry Clearance Appeal cost?

The cost for a licensed solicitor to help with an Entry Clearance Appeal is dependent on many factors including the complexity and specific requirements of the case. On average it is expected to range from £450-£600 but in some cases it could cost as much as £750.

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Entry Clearance Appeal

Being refused entry clearance to the UK can be a disheartening and stressful experience, especially when you've invested time, effort, and hope into your application.

We understand the uncertainty of not knowing the next steps or how to address issues after receiving a refusal. The reasons behind it might seem complex, the idea of reapplying daunting, and the idea of going through the appeals process overwhelming. But, you don't have to face it alone.

At Lawhive, we offer quick, affordable help with entry clearance appeals. Our expert network of immigration solicitors is on hand to provide clear, step-by-step guidance on the appeals process based on your circumstances. From initial consultation to the final decision, they provide ongoing support and keep you informed at every stage of the process, offering peace of mind and clarity.

Our team is ready to help you understand the entry clearance appeal process and increase your chances of success.

Contact us today for a free case evaluation and quote for the services of a specialist lawyer.

What is an entry clearance appeal?

An entry clearance appeal is a process that allows individuals to challenge a visa refusal decision made by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) authorities.

Can you appeal against an entry clearance refusal?

It is possible to appeal against an entry clearance refusal in some cases. The right to appeal is generally limited to specific visa categories, such as family visas and some human rights-based applications.

Who can appeal against an entry clearance refusal?

Visa categories with appeal rights include:

  • Spouse or Partner Visa

  • Parent or Child Visa

  • Human Rights-Based Applications

  • Asylum and Protection Claims

  • EU Settlement Scheme Family Permits

Who can't appeal against an entry clearance refusal?

Visa categories without appeal rights include:

  • Standard Visitor Visa

  • Skilled Worker Visa

  • Student Visa

  • Short-Term or Temporary Visas

Applicants applying for the above visas can seek administrative review or reapply with additional evidence.

How do I know if I have the right to appeal an entry clearance refusal?

When your entry clearance application is refused, you will receive a refusal notice from UKVI. This will explain the reasons for the refusal and tell you if you have the right to appeal and on what grounds.

Who decides the outcome of entry clearance appeals?

Appeals are typically considered by the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), which reviews the case and makes an independent decision based on the evidence presented.

Common reasons for Visa refusals that may lead to an appeal

Receiving a refusal for your entry clearance can be a frustrating and disappointing experience.

Common reasons why entry clearance applications are refused include:

  • Incomplete or incorrect documentation;

  • Failure to meet eligibility criteria;

  • Inconsistencies in the application;

  • Concerns about the applicant's intentions;

  • Security concerns;

  • Criminal record disclosures;

  • Public safety considerations.

How to appeal an entry clearance refusal

1. Check you have the right to appeal

The refusal notice you get from UKVI will outline the reasons for refusal and state whether you have the right to appeal the decision.

Before lodging your appeal, you should check this.

2. Lodge your appeal

Entry clearance appeals are generally lodged online via the UK government's immigration tribunal portal.

The form you need to complete will be indicated in your refusal notice. Fill this in with your personal details, applications reference number, and the reasons why you believe the decision should be overturned.

3. Prepare your appeal case

Take some time to collect and prepare additional evidence that addresses the reasons for refusal. For example, character references, bank statements, or proof of you relationship.

You should make sure that all documnts are complete, accurate, and formatted. Include certified translations for any documents not in English or Welsh.

Consider consulting an immigration solicitor who can provide expert guidance on preparing your appeal. They can help you write a detailed explanation addressing each reason for the refusal and why the decision was incorrect.

A solicitor can also create an organised appeal bundle containing your supporting documents, evidence, and explanations. This bundle must be submiited to the tribunal and UKVI, typically at least 14 days before the hearing date.

4. Attend the Tribunal hearing

You will receive notification from the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) with the date, time, and location of your hearing.

During the hearing you will present your case, explaining why the refusal decision should be overturned and address the reasons for refusal.

You may be asked questions by the judge or Home Office representative during the hearing.

5. Await the Tribunal decision

After the hearing, usually within a few weeks, the tribunal will issue a written decision on your appeal.

If your appeal is successful, UKVI will have to reconsider your application. This may result in your visa being granted.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you may have the option to seek further appeal to the Upper Tribunal or consider reapplying with a stronger case.

Tips for a successful entry clearance appeal

With the right preparation and strategy, you can significantly improve your chances of success.

Here are some tips to help you effectively manage your entry clearance appeal and present a compelling case to the tribunal:

  1. Understand the specific reasons why your application was denied and focus on the key issues identified;

  2. Make sure all documents submitted are complete, accurate, and relevant to your case;

  3. Gather additional evidence that directly addresses the reasons for refusal;

  4. Address each reason for refusal and explain why the decision was incorrect, providing supporting evidence for each point;

  5. Include any new information that strengthens your case;

  6. Consult an experienced immigration solicitor for help or representation at the tribunal;

  7. Organise your appeal bundle for easy reference during the hearing, including page numbers and a clear index;

  8. Highlight your history of compliance with immigration rules;

  9. Stay persistent and be patient.

At Lawhive, our network of immigfation solicitors is on hand to help you with your entry clearance appeal.

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Do I need a solicitor for my entry clearance appeal?

By law, you don't need a solicitor for an entry clearance appeal. There are certain situations where you might choose to manage the process independently if you feel confident handling the appeal on your own, especially if the reasons for refusal are straightforward and easily addressed.

That being said, entry clearance appeals can be challenging. Having a solicitor to help can significantly improve your chances of success.

Benefits of hiring a solicitor for your entry clearance appeal

Expertise in immigration law

Immigration solicitors have specialised knowledge of the law and procedures involved in entry clearance appeals. Further, they've likely handled numerous cases similar to yours and understand what it takes to build a successful appeal.

Comprehensive case review and preparation

A solicitor can look at the refusal notice and analyse it to understand the specific reasons for refusal.

Moreover, they can identify areas that need to be addressed and determine what additional information or evidence may be effective in strengthening your case.

Preparation of a strong appeal submission

Solicitors can craft clear and persuasive legal arguments that address each reason for refusal. They can also reference relevant laws and policies to support your case and prepare detailed explanations.

Representation at the tribunal hearing

Solicitors can represent you at the tribunal hearing, presenting your case effectively and advocating on your behalf. Their expertise ensures that your arguments are articulated clearly and persuasively.

They can handle questions from the judge or the Home Office representative, providing informed and strategic responses that support your appeal.

Increased likelihood of success

Solicitors help you avoid common pitfalls and mistakes that could jeopardize your appeal.

Crucially, they ensure that all procedural and substantive aspects of the appeal are handled correctly.

How long does the entry clearance appeal process take?

From lodging your entry clearance appeal to receiving the tribunal’s decision, the entire process can typically take 6 to 12 months.

What are my rights while my entry clearance appeal is pending?

While your appeal is pending, you will generally not be allowed to enter the UK unless you hold another valid visa. The appeal process must be completed before you can reapply or be granted entry clearance.

There may be exceptions for humanitarian reasons or other compelling circumstances, but these are rare and would require special permission from UK authorities.

If you are in the UK and your visa is refused, but you have appealed within the allowed timeframe, you are generally allowed to stay in the UK under Section 3C leave. This extends your current visa’s validity until the appeal process is completed.

The conditions of your original visa, such as work restrictions or study permissions, typically continue to apply while your appeal is pending.

How Lawhive can assist with your entry clearance appeal

At Lawhive, we offer comprehensive support to help you with the entry clearance appeal process and maximise your chances of success.

Our network of experienced immigration solicitors is on hand to:

  • Review your initial application and refusal notice to identify the best grounds for appeal;

  • Complete and submit the appeal form;

  • Represent you at the tribunal hearing, advocating on your behalf and presenting your case persuasively;

  • Provide tailored advice based on your circumstances and the specifics of your case.

We offer high-quality legal services at a fraction of the cost of traditional firms, making professional assistance accessible and affordable.

What's more, our transparent pricing means no hidden fees, so you know exactly how much it will cost to work with an expert lawyer on your entry clearance appeal.

Contact us today for more information and get a free case evaluation from one of our Legal Assessment Specialists.

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