Starting from 10 October 2016, it now costs £800 to lodge an appeal against an immigration decision where a proper oral hearing is requested. The change was announced on 15 September 2016 and the necessary legal change, the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Fees (Amendment) Order 2016, was laid at the same time to come into effect on 10 October 2016.
The new fees only apply where the decision appealed against was taken on or after 10 October 2016, according to Article 7 of the Order:
the amendments made by this Order only apply in respect of an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal against a decision which was taken on or after the coming into force date of this Order
This means that the cost of lodging an appeal against a decision received before 10 October 2016 is still the old cost.
So, the costs of appealing a Home Office immigration decision are now to be as follows:
|Appeal type||Old fee||New fee|
|Application for a decision on the papers||£80||£490|
|Application for an oral hearing||£140||£800|
|Application to the FTT for permission to appeal to the UT||Nil||£455|
|Application to the UT for permission to appeal to UT||Nil||£350|
If an appeal succeeds, the Home Office will normally be ordered to repay the appeal fee. However, the waiting times for appeals is thought to be over 12 months at present, so repayment is unlikely to be rapid.