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Entry Clearance Posts

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that entry clearance posts are promptly notified by Home Office Presenting Officer units of the outcome of family visitor appeals. [120760]

In cases where the appellant's appeal is dismissed the Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA) sends a copy of the appeal determination (including family visit visa appeals) directly to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for onward transmission to overseas posts. All allowed Entry Clearance and Visit Visa appeal determinations (including family visit visa appeals) are sent to the Home Office by the IAA so that the Home Office can consider whether to seek Permission to Appeal (PTA) to the Immigration Appellate Tribunal (IAT). The Home Office notify the relevant Entry Clearance post of the final appeal outcome once it has been confirmed whether the Home Office will seek PTA to the IAT. The Home Office also informs posts if an unsuccessful appellant successfully pursues PTA to the IAT. The Home Office is working closely with UK Visas to improve methods of communicating Entry Clearance and Family Visit Visa appeal information to posts.