Details of fees introduced for immigration and asylum appeals

Posted on November 18th, 2011 in Local News

Fee charges introduced for Immigration and Asylum appeals in the First-tier Tribunal

The Government is to introduce appeal fee charges for some asylum and immigration appeals

These fees will apply from 19 December 2011.

  •  Fees will be payable by the majority of individuals appealing against a Home Office decision in the Immigration and Asylum Chambers in the First-tier Tribunal to refuse them either:

o leave to enter the country
o leave to remain in the country, or
o an application to vary their leave.

The following will not be required to pay a fee:
o those that qualify for legal aid
o those that are receiving asylum support
o individuals [under the age of 18] in receipt of services provided under section 17 of the Children Act 1989
o those that are in the ‘Detained Fast Track’ process, and
o in some other limited instances, where there are certain exceptional or compelling circumstances, a discretionary power will enable the Lord Chancellor to exempt payment of appeal fees.

  • There will be no fees for appeals to the Upper Tribunal.


How to pay

  • From 19 December you can pay for and lodge an appeal on-line using a Visa/MasterCard credit card or Visa debit card or if you are submitting an appeal which does not require a fee to be paid
  •  You can ask another person to pay the fee on your behalf using their payment card details, with their permission.
  • For paper forms you will be able to pay for an appeal by debit/credit card by providing details with your appeal and posting it to the tribunal or by bank to bank transfer.


Please note:

  •  Appeals can only be made at the tribunal in the UK.
  •  Appeal fees (except asylum) must be paid for before they are listed for hearing.


Please click here for further information about online payments.