Tier 4 Student Visa Refusal Administrative Review

Administrative Review provides an cost-effective way for those who have had their Tier 4 Student Visa application refused to request that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) review the decision if caseworker made an error when assessing the case.

Our expert lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the Administrative Review process. We will guide you through the correct application procedure and ensure that 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 direct you to the cost-effective path explaining the 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.

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What is Administrative Review for a Tier 4 Student Visa Refusal?

Administrative review is the process by which those applying for entry clearance can challenge an eligible refusal decision on the basis that the decision is incorrect due to a case working error. You can make an application for Administrative Review either from inside the UK (if you are switching to a Tier 4 Student Visa) or out-of-country.

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 number 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 My Tier 4 Student Visa Is Refused?

If UKVI refsued your Tier 4 Student Visa, it must issue a written notice concerning your 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 suggests (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 based on the refused submission, additional documents are not included with the Administrative Review application. However, if more documentation is requested, we can advise you organise it.

What Are the Advantages of an Administrative Review after Tier 4 Student Visa Refusal?

One of the advantages of the Administrative Review process is its cost-effectiveness; £80 per application. This is often especially welcome news to students. In addition, you 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 is to precisely pinpoint the error made by immigration officials when deciding your application and clearly explaining this 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; the Administrative Review either:

  • 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 the UK as a student 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 if Tier 4 Student Visa Refused?

At A Y & J Solicitors our lawyers have over ten years’ experience of assisting both in-country and out-of-country applicants and bringing successful outcome for Tier 4 Student Visa refusals with Administrative Review application, sometimes in urgent circumstances. We understand the process and have a strong reputation for achieving better results for students from all over the world.

Caseworker errors on Tier 4 Student Visa applications include:

  • Incorrectly calculating the number of points which should be awarded to the applicant
  • Failing to correctly assess the documentation
  • Failure to apply the Immigration Rules correctly
  • Not considering evidence accompanying the application properly

You cannot appeal an Administrative Review decision. You may be entitled to apply for another Administrative Review if new reasons are given in a decision. Your other option is to apply for Judicial Review of UKVI’s decision.

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My experience with A Y & J Solicitors was really good. Very detailed and knowledgeable. All my questions were answered on time. They are very approachable and friendly. I would highly recommend them – it may be very simple query or a very complex case; you can trust them.


Having found myself in a rather sticky situation I was desperate for advice/help/guidance. I found A Y & J Solicitors through a friend and with in minutes into my first phone call to them, felt a sense of tremendous peace of mind which I had longed for. Mr Yash spoke very professionally and together with his team went on to do the almost impossible and secure an ‘Out of time’ extremely complicated Tier 2 application for myself and a spouse visa for my wife. Yes they are expensive. But their services are well worth it. They are direct & almost every step of the way they were transparent and kept me updated on the status as and when they knew anything. With out a doubt, I can easily say that our experience with them has been fantastic and would highly recommend their services to any one i know that is looking for a good immigration solicitor. Keep up the excellent work Mr. Yash. God Bless. Thumbs up to the excellent team they have.

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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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