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UNITED KINGDOM: Change to Family Visitor Appeals

The Home Office is removing the full right of appeal for applicants refused leave (permission) to enter the UK as a family visitor. On April 25, 2013, Royal Assent was given to a clause in the Crime and Courts Bill, published on May 10, 2012, which will allow the change to be pushed through. The change is expected to take effect on or soon after June 25, 2013. The new appeal arrangements will apply to anybody who applies to enter the UK to visit a family member on or after the implementation date. Applicants who are refused can re-apply and address the reasons for refusal instead of appealing. This will be quicker and will cost less than an appeal.

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