The Administrative Review is a process whereby an applicant whose application for entry clearance or leave to remain has been refused by the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) can request for the refusal to be reconsidered on the grounds that the refusal of the application by the Home Office is not in accordance with the relevant facts and laws.

Refusal of certain immigration applications known as eligible decisions can only be challenged by way of Administrative Review (AR). If you think that the Home Office, UKVI has made a mistake about the result of your application to remain in the UK or in refusing you entry to the UK at the border you can ask the Home Office UKVI to review the decision.

This review will be done by a different UKVI official, but using the same documents and facts sent with your original immigration application unless the refusal of the application was under the EU Settlement Scheme in which case you can send new or fresh evidence to be considered by the Home Office UKVI in Administrative Review.

If your application for settled status or pre settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme is refused by the Home Office, UKVI, you can file an Administrative Review against the refusal of your application and send new or fresh evidence to be considered as part of the Administrative Review (AR).

If decision to refuse your immigration application is maintained following an Administrative Review (AR), you then have the legal remedy to challenge the immigration decision further by way of Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) For Judicial Review (JR) Against Home Office UKVI and Judicial Review (JR) In The Upper Tribunal (UT).

Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of Entry Clearance Applications

By virtue of Immigration Act 2014, the Home Office, UKVI have removed right of Entry Clearance Appeal against refusal of certain entry clearance applications made from outside the UK. The applicant in such cases has been given a right to seek Administrative Review (AR) against the refusal of the entry clearance application. A person who has received an ‘eligible decision’ on an entry clearance application may apply for an Administrative Review (AR). If the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) has refused your entry clearance application, the decision notice will tell you if you can apply for an Administrative Review (AR) and how to apply.

The applicant must apply using the application form provided with their decision notice. You’ll either get the administrative review application form with your application refusal letter, or you’ll be asked to download it. The decision notice will tell the applicant how to make the application. There is currently no fee for an overseas Administrative Review (AR). The Administrative Review (AR) will be carried out by Entry Clearance Manager (ECM). An Administrative Review (AR) against the refusal of the application must be filed within 28 calendar days from the date of refusal letter from the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO).

If an IHS has been paid and the application was refused with a right of administrative review, the IHS will not be refunded during the period when an:

  • in time Administrative Review (AR) may be made
  • Administrative Review (AR) is under consideration

If an IHS has been paid and the application was approved, but for a shorter period than applied for, the IHS will be refunded for the years of leave which were not granted. If the migrant makes an Administrative Review (AR) application and is granted an extra period of leave as a result, they must then pay the extra IHS.

If your request for Administrative Review (AR) is refused by the Home Office, UKVI and the refusal is maintained by the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM), you have the option to challenge the refusal further by way of Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) For Judicial Review (JR) and Judicial Review (JR) In The Upper Tribunal (UT).

Administrative Review (AR) Of In-Country Applications

By virtue of Immigration Act 2014, the Home Office, UKVI have removed right of in-country appeal to the First Tier Tribunal against refusal of certain applications made from inside the UK. The applicant in such cases has been given a right to seek Administrative Review (AR) against the refusal of the application. A request for an Administrative Review (AR) must be made to the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) within 14 days (28 days if the refusal is under the EU Settlement Scheme) of the date of the receipt of the refusal letter.

If the Home Office has refused an application involving an eligible decision, the decision notice will tell the applicant if they can apply for administrative review. Also, if the applicant's application is successful but the applicant thinks the Home Office has granted the wrong period or conditions of immigration leave they can apply for an administrative review.

You can apply for Administrative Review Online. There is a fee of £80 for an administrative review. The Administrative must be filed within 14 days (28 days if the refusal is under the EU Settlement Scheme) from the date of receipt of the UKVI refusal letter. The review will be done by a different person, but using the same documents and facts sent with your original application. If the result of the review is that the Home Office withdraws its original decision and grants you leave to remain in the UK (permission to stay), your fee paid for Administrative Review (AR) will be refunded. You should get a decision within 28 calendar days. The Home Office, UKVI will write to you if they think it will take longer. You cannot be removed from the UK whilst your request for Administrative Review (AR) is pending consideration with the Home Office, UKVI.

Which Immigration Decisions Can Be Challenged By Way Of An Administrative Review (AR)?

A person who has received an ‘eligible decision’ on an entry clearance application may apply for an Administrative Review (AR). According to Appendix AR:Administrative Review to the Immigration Rules, the Administrative Review (AR) right is available in case of refusal of the applications as in tables below: 

Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Under The EU Settlement Scheme

Administrative Review Against Refusal Of Settled Or Pre Settled Status Application

Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of Tier 1 Applications

Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 1 Entrepreneur
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 1 Investor Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 1 Investor
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant

Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of Tier 2 Applications

Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 2 General Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 2 General Migrant
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 2 Minister Of Religion Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 2 Minister Of Religion
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 2 ICT Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 2 ICT Migrant
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 2 Sportsperson

Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of Tier 5 Applications

Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 Charity Worker
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme Worker Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Scheme Worker
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 5 International Agreement Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 International Agreement Worker
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 5 Religious Worker Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 Religious Worker
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa Refusal

Administrative Review Against Non-PBS Work Visa Applications

Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of Innovator Visa
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As Dependant Of Innovator Migrant
Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of Start Up Visa
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As Dependant Of UK Ancestry Migrant
Administrative Review (AR) Against UK Ancestry Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As Dependant Of UK Ancestry Migrant
Administrative Review (AR) Against Sole Representative Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As Dependant Of Sole Representative
Administrative Review (AR) Against Turkish ECAA Businessperson Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As Dependant Of Turkish ECAA Businessperson
Administrative Review (AR) Against Turkish ECAA Worker Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As Dependant Of Turkish ECAA Worker
Administrative Review (AR) Against Domestic Worker Visa Refusal
Administrative Review Against Refusal Of Application As Dependant Of Domestic Worker

Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of Tier 4 Applications

Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 4 General Student Visa Refusal
Administrative Review (AR) Against Visa Refusal As PBS Dependant Of Tier 4 General Student
Administrative Review (AR) Against Tier 4 Child Student Visa Refusal

Administrative Review (AR) Of Refusal Of Other Miscellaneous applications

Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of ILR As Victim Of Domestic Violence
Administrative Review (AR) Against Refusal Of ILR As Bereaved Partner

 

 

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  • Administrative Review - FAQs
  • 1. For which applications, Administrative Review option is available from inside the UK?

    Administrative review is available where an eligible decision has been made, which is currently when an in country Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 application made is refused, or where a the afordesaid application is granted and a review is requested of the period or conditions of leave granted.

    The refusal of following applications made from inside the UK will result in refusal being challenged by way of Administrative Review from inside the UK:

    • Tier 1 and Dependants of Tier 1 Migrants
    • Tier 2 Migrants and Dependants of Tier 2 Migrants
    • Tier 4 Students and their Dependants
    • Tier 5 Migrants and Dependants of Tier 5 Migrants
  • 2. What is the time limit for seeking Administrative Review when an application has been refused by the Home Office from inside the UK?

    A request for administrative review must be made

    • within 14 calendar days from the date the applicant received the decision on his application from the Home Office, for migrants who are not detained, or
    • within 7 calendar days from the date of receipt of the decision, if the applicant is in immigration detention.

    Applications for Administrative Review submitted after the deadline has expired are normally rejected by the Home Office. The only exception to this is where the Secretary of State is satisfied that it would be unjust not to waive the time limit and the application was made as soon as reasonably practicable. The migrant may need to provide evidence to demonstrate why the Secretary of State should decide that it would be unjust to accept the out of time administrative review application. For example, if the migrant was prevented from making an in time application because they were admitted to hospital as an emergency admission for immediate treatment and a period of recuperation, a letter from the consultant will verify the dates of admission and discharge and the nature of the emergency treatment. In this case the migrant must make the application as soon as they are well enough to do so. It would not be acceptable to further
    delay making the application. The time limit will not be waived if there is no compelling reason why it was not possible to make an in time application.

  • 3. What is the time limit for seeking Administrative Review against the refusal of a PBS application by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

    The deadline for seeking Administrative Review of a decision of an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), where an out of country PBS application is refused, is 28 calendar days from the date of receipt of the notice of decision.

  • 4. Can I include my dependant in my application for Administrative Review?

    An applicant can only include a dependant in their administrative review request if that person (dependant) was a dependant on the original immigration application that led to the eligible decision.

    A child aged over 18 who was legitimately included in the application that is the subject of the administrative review, or
    was legitimately included but has reached the age of 18 since that date, may be included in the application.