Administrative Reviews Guidance

Administrative Review is the first option available when application under Points-Based-System gets refused by Home Office. There is no Right of Administrative Review given when Visitor Visa applications are refused.

Our expert lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the Administrative Review process. We can assist you with the correct application procedure and ensuring UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) know exactly why an Administrative Review is being requested, so they can focus on correcting the relevant issue.

At A Y & J Solicitors, we will take the time to carefully examine why your visa application was refused and advise you on the best course of action to take. You can be confident that as an SRA regulated firm, we will act with the utmost integrity and provide right legal advice explaining chances of success.

Administrative Review can be a complex process; however, by instructing us, you can trust that your matter will be dealt with quickly, and all aspects of the Administrative Review process will be explained to you in a clear, friendly manner.

Do you need help with Administrative Review?

Do you need help with Administrative Review?

What Is Administrative Review?

Administrative Review is a process in which people applying for entry clearance / visa applications can challenge the refusal on the basis that the decision is incorrect due to a case working error.

The following types of applications are eligible for Administrative Review:

An Administrative Review is conducted by a separate team that is independent of the original decision maker. At present, the Home Office team dealing with in-country Administrative Review decisions is based in Manchester, making them physically separate from the initial case working teams in Sheffield and Liverpool.

We will provide you with all the information you need to fully understand the Administrative Review process. You will also receive the email and direct dial of the lawyer handling your matter so that you can ask questions at any time during office hours.

How Do I Apply for an Administrative Review?

If UKVI refused your entry clearance or leave to remain application, it must issue a written notice concerning the applicant’s eligibility for Administrative Review. The notice must include or be accompanied by a statement of the reasons for refusal. Information on how to apply for Administrative Review and the time limits for making an application must also be included within the information provided to an applicant by the Home Office.

If you are outside the UK and wish to apply for an Administrative Review of a UKVI decision, you will have 28 days to make the application. If you are applying inside the UK, you have 14 days.

When applying for Administrative Review, you must:

  • mention the reasons for refusal that are in your decision letter, and say why you think a mistake was made
  • send your completed form in the method the application refusal letter states (by email, post or in person)

We will assist you in examining the reasons for the refusal and put together a detailed covering letter explaining the points that need to be reviewed.

Because an Administrative Review is conducted on the refused submission, additional documents are not included with the Administrative Review application. However, if more documentation is requested, we can advise you to organise it.

What Are the Advantages of an Administrative Review?

One of the key advantages of the Administrative Review process is its cost-effectiveness; £80 per application. Some applicants may be exempt from paying the fee in the following circumstances:

  • you did not have to pay for the original application, or where the fee was waived
  • as a result of exceptional circumstances, you can prove you are unable to pay the fee

The key to ensuring an Administrative Review is successful first time such as for one of our Tier 4 refused client, is to precisely pinpoint the error made by immigration officials when deciding your application and clearly spelling this out in your application.

What if My Administrative Review is Refused?

There are four possible outcomes to an application for AR as stated in the Immigration Rules, Appendix AR, para AR2.2. These are the Administrative Review:

  • Succeeds and the eligible decision is withdrawn, or
  • Does not succeed and the eligible decision remains in force, and all of the reasons given for the decision are maintained, or
  • Does not succeed and the eligible decision remains in force, but one or more of the reasons given for the decision are withdrawn, or
  • Does not succeed and the eligible decision remains in force but with different or additional reasons to those specified in the decision under review—note in this scenario, you may be entitled to apply for Administrative Review related to the new reasons

If UKVI does not grant you leave to enter after receiving an Administrative Review, our lawyers can assist you with the next best steps. This can include making a new application or an appeal on human rights grounds where applicable or seeking a Judicial Review of the decision.

Why Use A Y & J Solicitors to Manage Your Administrative Review?

At A Y & J Solicitors, we have enormous experience in assisting both in-country and out-country applicants in making Administrative Review decisions bringing successful outcome; sometimes in urgent circumstances. We understand the process and have a strong reputation for achieving successful results.

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Hi I am so glad i contacted A Y & J Solicitor when home office refused my ILR on the basis that I had submited my self assessment for 2010-11 late. Diana went through each and every minute details with me over the case and gave me confidence that there is a good chance of my administration review to succeed and i should appeal for it. Thank god I did and my admin review was successful. It was a great reliefe and definitely recommend them.

Anyone who struggle with immigration issues will understand how devastating it is and how much right advice and guidance can help. I found A Y & J (previously A Y & J Solicitors) online contacted them after reading reviews, it turned out to be the best decision I made. I would highly recommend A Y & J for anyone looking for a reliable immigration service in UK. The advise and guidance I received from A Y & J regarding my ILR application was exceptional. Thanks to Diana and Yash for understanding my case and guiding me in the right direction in every step of my application. I Will definitely recommend anyone using A Y & J Solicitors for their immigration matter.

Excellent service!! I have consulted A Y & J Solicitors twice for two different visa applications and each time they have provided me with top notch service. Yash and his team are ever so approachable and patient. They always go an extra mile. Their services are well worth the money paid. I had approached A Y & J Solicitors for help with my UK spouse visa application, my case was a complex one as I had to provide a long list of documents to support my application ( my partner was self employed ) and Yash and his team communicated so efficiently between myself in India and my husband in the UK and got all the documents organised and ready for me to make the application in India. I am ever so thankful for all their help and support. I would definitely recommend A Y & J Solicitors and use their services again.

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Administrative Review after the UK Visa Refusal

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This video is about the Administrative Review after the UK visa refusal.

These days, most of the UK immigration applications, if refused, offer no full right of appeal. If this is the case, then you may have an opportunity to request an Administrative Review of the decision. It’s very important that you take this opportunity seriously and see if you can have the original decision overturned in your favour.

At A Y & J Solicitors, we specialise in Administrative Reviews. For a successful Administrative Review there must be an error in the decision that we can challenge. Recently we helped a client whose Tier 2 application was refused for a case working error of the Home Office. The Home Office alleged my client of not being eligible to switch her immigration status in the UK due to non-completion of an appropriate UK recognised degree. However, my client had completed a recognised UK degree and was eligible to switch immigration status. We dealt with the case through an Administrative Review request. The Home Office looked into the situation and granted a decision in our client’s favour.

Administrative Review is an opportunity to get The Home Office decision corrected. However, if you fail at the administrative review stage you could pursue challenging the decision by judicial review proceeding. Please note, judicial review could cost great deal of time, money and energy. Therefore, it’s important to take the administrative review process seriously, and use the opportunity to get it right the first time.

If you’re considering an Administrative Review and require assistance please Get in touch with us, our contact details are at the bottom of this video. We’re here to help. Thank you.

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