Administrative Review

Administrative Review

An administrative review is considered by the Home Office but by a different caseworker. An Administrative review will consider whether an ‘eligible decision’ is wrong because of a case working error and, if it is, correct that error. Administrative review is only available where an eligible decision has been made.

Eligible decisions are those made on:

  • in UK Tier 4 applications made by either a main applicant or their dependant(s) on or after 20 October 2014.
  • in UK Tiers 1, 2 or 5 applications made by either a main applicant or their dependant(s) on or after 2 March 2015, including indefinite leave to remain applications under those routes
  • in UK applications where the decision was made on or after 6 April, unless the applicant applied as a visitor or made a protection or human rights claim and for which the outcome is that the application is either:
  • refused
  • approved and a review is required.

If the Home Office has refused an application, the decision letter will tell the applicant if they can apply for Administrative Review.

If you are outside the United Kingdom, you can only ask for an administrative review if all of the following apply and you must apply within 28 days of getting the decision:

  • you are outside the UK.
  • you applied outside the UK.
  • your application was refused on or after 6 April 2015.
  • you don’t have a right of appeal against the refusal.
  • you didn’t make an application as a visitor or a short term student

If you are in the United Kingdom, you can ask for your application to be reviewed if one of the following applies which must be done within 14 days:

  • your application was refused.
  • your application was granted but you’re unhappy with the amount or conditions of your leave.
  • You must apply within 7 days if you’ve been detained.

We can assist you in assessing your refusal decisions and decide if there is a reasonable chance of Administrative Review to be successful, if not, we will advise if it will be more appropriate to submit a new application, addressing the reasons of initial refusal.


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