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Immigration: Appeals

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals under the points-based immigration system have resulted from errors in registering the date on which an application was submitted. (267450)

Under the points-based system, where an application for leave to enter the UK is refused, the applicant does not have a right of appeal, although they may ask for us to review our decision. This is known as Administrative Review.

Where an application for leave to remain in the UK is refused a right of appeal is available.

Although the Case Information Database records the number of appeals that are the result of decisions made by migrants applying under the new points-based system, it does not record the grounds for each appeal. It is therefore not possible to generate a report which shows which of these were lodged due to an error in registering the date on which the application was submitted. This information could be obtained only by manually cross-checking a large number of individual case files, which could be completed only at disproportionate cost.