When someone gets their Visa application refused, it can come as a real shocker. So much so that many tend to ignore the fact that they are eligible to appeal against their decision.

Now a common question our UK solicitors at The SmartMove2UK (a unit of SmartMove Immigration) get asked is whether it really is worth it to put in the efforts to file a UK visa appeal against the Home Office? Given that the processing times for appeals are long.

Contrary to what many people assume, the answer is yes.

According to a recent appeals report by The Guardian, the Home Office made 1,235 appeals against immigration rulings of people who were granted immigration rights in the UK by an immigration court after their UK visa appeal process from 2017 to 2018. Of these, 900 were rejected by an independent immigration judge. That’s only a 25% success rate by the Home Office. This Home Office track record is something to keep an eye on. This high success rate for the overturn of original decisions can be interpreted in two ways:

  • It demonstrates that there could be serious issues in how case workers make decisions for UK visas. Evaluating the evidence provided and making a decision on a balance of probability. This makes it all the more important for UK Visa aspirants to make their applications as coherent as possible; with all relevant documents, forms, and other evidences, presented in a manner most in line with Home Office  visa guidelines.
  • It can also serve to highlight how the Case workers narrowly interpret immigration rules to maintain immigration control.

The second point represents an optimistic outlook for the people who have had their UK Visa application refused. Because the sanctity of British courts of law lie above any government department like the Home Office. It is understandably disheartening at first, but the journey isn’t over. Contact our professional UK immigration lawyers at The SmartMove2UK (a unit of SmartMove Immigration) who are well experienced at analyzing and assessing exactly if, when and how you should file for an appeal or a review for your UK Visa decision.

Whatever the reason for this low success rate of appeals by the Home Office, its all the more reason for us to be more careful with our visa applications. So if you are looking to travel or immigrate to the UK, then ensure that you make your applications as effective as possible by availing help from professional UK Immigration advisors.

Our immigration advisors at The SmartMove2UK ( a unit of SmartMove immigration) will be able to guide you through your entire UK visa application process, from start to finish, to ensure that you don’t miss a mark when it comes to the quality of your application.

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