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Home Office reducing time limits for appeals by sending post 2nd class


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The Home Office is systematically reducing the time available to lodge immigration appeals by exploiting a change in the procedure rules and sending decisions by second class post. In October 2014 the procedure rules changed so that appeals had to be lodged 14 days from the date a decision is sent. The previous rules had allowed for calculation of time from receipt of a decision.

The Immigration Law Practitioners Association has written to the Home Office and the Tribunal Procedure Committee and the letter is available for members to see here. ILPA is asking that service be carried out according to normal Civil Procedure Rule standards or that the rules are changed.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.