Earlier this year the Government’s Consultation on proposals for the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) fees was published with an indication of a fivefold hike in appeal fees.
On reading the document it was unthinkable and unimaginable that further pressures should be placed on individuals already quite stretched to even afford the Home Office application fees.
It was not that long ago there were no appeal fees; in fact it was approximately five years ago that immigration appeal fees were introduced in October 2011.
The dawn of high immigration appeal fees is here, full details of which can be found using the following link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/928/made
As of today, Monday 10th October 2016, it will cost £490.00 as opposed to £80.00 to request a paper appeal and £800.00 instead of £140.00 for an oral appeal in the First-tier Tribunal. A fee of £455.00 has been introduced for applications to the First-tier Tribunal for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.
Applications to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal will cost £350.00 and a subsequent appeal hearing will cost £510.00. However, the date for introducing these fees has yet to be determined.
There are appeal fee exemptions for certain individuals/type of applications. For example, those who qualify for Legal Aid or have an asylum appeal or can show they are destitute will continue to be exempt from paying an appeal fee.