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Introduction to UK immigration law and becoming an immigration advisor
Introduction to UK immigration law and becoming an immigration advisor

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6 Asylum and Immigration Tribunals

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Disputes involving immigration decisions are initially heard by an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal: an independent body where a panel makes a judgment based on the evidence presented before them.

There are two aspects to their work:

  • Responsibility for appeals against some decisions made by the Home Office relating to permission to stay in the UK, deportation from the UK and entry clearance to the UK.
  • Handling applications for immigration bail from people being held by the Home Office on immigration matters.

There are several factors to consider, including the date when the application was made and whether an individual is inside or outside the UK. The UK Government’s website, GOV.UK, has more detail on Asylum and Immigration Tribunals [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , as well as general advice on procedure, and forms and current cases.

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An immigration adviser’s work at Level 3 may involve making applications to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) on behalf of a client. Before bringing an appeal, they would check for the latest guidance and procedure, which is within the competence of a Level 3 immigration adviser.