UK visa appeals system to change

12 Dec 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

The UK visa and immigration appeals system is due to change later this month, with fees being introduced for the majority of appeals.

These fee charges will come into effect from December 19 2011 for certain UK immigration and asylum appeals. According to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) most UK visa categories and decisions will fall under the new charged system.

Any exemptions that are introduced will be explained in full on the Ministry of Justice website from the date of the alterations.

The fees will be imposed on appeals dated December 19th or later, but any decision notices with an earlier date will not be included.

In addition to the charges, appeals will no longer be able to be lodged at overseas visa application centres and will not be accepted unless sent through a tribunal within the UK.

Gamu Nhengu, a former contestant on television show The X Factor, is one of the most recent high profile UK visa appeal cases to reach a successful conclusion.

The 19-year-old, originally from Zimbabwe, was threatened with deportation along with her mother after the Home Office rejected her mother's bid to renew her UK visa. The family are said to be keen to put the problem behind them and get on with their lives in this country.