The government yesterday confirmed that they intend to go ahead with their proposed increases to the fees charged in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.

The rises represent a 500% hike in fees.

Follow the link below to read the article in The Guardian ‘UK immigration and asylum tribunal fees to rise by 500%’

The price hikes will mean that many applicants will struggle to afford the fees to appeal. Their options to challenge an application that is wrongly refused will be limited by their ability to pay rather than on whether the decision is wrong in law. They will be priced out of the appeal system.

Initial decisions are frequently wrong and can be challenged on appeal. Last year 39% of First-Tier Tribunal appeals were allowed, representing 20,000 cases.

Appeal rights currently apply to many in-country and overseas applications, including those made by EU nationals.

See below for the proposed fee increase in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. You can view the full consultation response by following the link below:

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We would advise that you seek legal advice ahead of submitting any application to the Home Office or if you are making an Entry Clearance application to ensure that the application is likely to be successful first time round.

Contact us today if you require any advice and assistance with your immigration matter.