As of 10 October 2016 fees for First-Tier Tribunal for immigration cases have gone up 500%. It means that lodging an appeal to the Home Office decision changed from £80 (for decisions on papers) and £140 (for oral hearing) to £490 and £800 respectively. Upper Tribunal fees have been affected as well – new fees have been introduced where there was no fees. If an appeal is won, fees are going to be returned but it currently may take 12 months and more to process the appeal – so refund may not be seen for a while.
New fees apply to appeals brought for decisions issued after 10 October 2016.
It is likely to have impact of Eastern Europeans. We see some evidence that increasing numbers of applications for permanent residence certificates as well as naturalisation (citizenship) are being rejected by the Home Office. More and more Eastern Europeans struggle to evidence their five-year residence and ‘qualified status’ (as workers, self-employed, students, self-sufficient or job seekers) for purposes of immigration documents. We see evidence that our users with more complex life situations, for example unmarried partners, are routinely rejected.
If an applicant is rejected, they can either put in appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal or re-apply. As fees have gone up by 500%, we believe that a large number of Eastern Europeans would find it very difficult to access justice as some of them won’t be able to pay fees. This is why it is very important to use a qualified, registered immigration advice to avoid rejected decisions and possible expense on tribunal fees.
Please do remember that providing immigration advice by a person who is not a registered solicitor/barrister OR is not registered with the Office of Immigration Services’ Commissioners is a crime that is punished with fines and prison.
DO NOT USE UNQUALIFIED IMMIGRATION ADVICE – YOUR FUTURE IN THE UK AFTER BREXIT MAY DEPEND ON YOUR IMMIGRATION PAPERWORK.