Friday, 22 April 2016

Immigrants face huge rise in appeal fees in the UK

The cost to appeal against Home Office decisions is set to rise up to 500% under a new proposal by the UK government to cut costs of about £37 million a year spent on the appeal tribunals.

The appeal tribunals are set up to hear appeals against Home Office decisions over permission to stay in the UK, deportation and clearance to enter the country.

According to the 'The TIMES' , proposed fees for the first-tier tribunal would rise from £80 to £490 for an application for a decision based on legal papers and from £140 to £800 for an application for an oral hearing.
A new fee of £455 for an application for permission to appeal to the upper tribunal would be introduced.

Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, warned that people would be deterred from pursuing valid claims.

However, Dominic Raab, the Justice minister said those in "particularly vulunerable positions" would still be exempted.

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