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The newly released statistics for the third quarter of 2017/18 demonstrate that the percentage of immigration decisions being reversed by judges is at its highest level on record. Exactly 50% of appeals to the Immigration Tribunal challenging Home Office refusals to issue UK visas now succeed.

The mere existence of an appeals process can be considered an acknowledgement that Home Office accepts that they can get it wrong. However, the fact that precisely half of the challenges against Home Office refusals to issue visas to people to stay in the UK were successful tells us that one out of every two refusals issued was unjustified, unfair and ultimately overturned on appeal.

The worrying thing here is that many applicants simply accept a refusal at face value on the naive assumption the the UKVI staff are knowledgeable, well trained and have acted lawfully.

Whilst the current statistics show that the Home Office is receiving around 5,000 challenges against refusals per month, for every appellant who had dared to challenge the Home Office, sadly, there are undoubtedly many others who simply accept their fate and fail to use their appeal rights.

UK Immigration Solicitors appreciate that immigration is made up of more than forms and reference numbers, behind these procedural tokens there are real people with real lives that have been turned upside down owing to a refusal. Parents separated from children, partners separated from each other and many lives torn apart by Home Office decisions.

We, as a firm, come face to face with many refusals for people from all walks of life. Having such an intricate insight into refusal decisions often leads us to question whether the Home Office is prioritising their own internal policies or the legal rights of the people behind the applications.

Whatever the reasons, we believe in fighting fiercely for the rights of our clients and the statistics prove beyond doubt that having the right representation makes all the difference between accepting a refusal and making a successful appeal.

If you are unsure of your position or would like to ensure that your application is handled by a knowledgeable specialist, get in touch with one of our friendly team members now on 0203 384 4389 to find out exactly how we can assist you to get it right first time round, saving you time, money and the heartache of being refused.

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