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Immigration: Appeals

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken following an immigration appeal tribunal hearing was to (a) notify in writing the decision to the applicant and (b) send written notification of indefinite leave to remain to successful applicants in the latest period for which figures are available. (243208)

Information produced by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) shows that in the period April to November 2008 the average length of time taken following an Immigration Judge hearing to notify in writing the decision to the applicant was seven working days (for all case types including bails).

For the same period, the average waiting time from hearing date to notifying the applicant of the decision in reconsideration hearings was 13 working days.

Following promulgation of the decision all in country and out of country non asylum decisions are served by the AIT. In country decisions are deemed to be received within 48 hours, and out of country decisions within 28 days. All asylum determinations are sent to UKBA to serve within 28 days in accordance with the 2005 AIT Procedure Rules. On 15 October 2008 a new process to serve initial Regional Asylum Team determinations by post on receipt from the AIT was implemented. Determinations are served on the appellant/representative within 48 hours of being received. This process saves a significant amount of time and speeds up the Asylum process.

Information on the average length of time taken following an immigration appeal tribunal hearing to send written notification of indefinite leave to remain to successful applicants is not available. This could only be obtained at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records.