Waiting time in the immigration tribunal now 83 weeks for some appeals

The latest tribunal statistics, published show that the average waiting time for appeals to be heard in the immigration tribunal is now 48 weeks. This is the time between the appeal being lodged and the appeal being heard.

The breakdown for different types of appeal reveals major disparities between different types of appeal, though, with waiting times for entry clearance appeals — for example for spouses or children applying to join family members in the UK — as high as 83 weeks. That is over a year and a half. With 51% of all entry clearance appeals being allowed in Q3 2016, that is a very considerable impact on a lot people wrongly kept apart by poor quality immigration decisions.

48 weeks

34 weeks

Managed Migration
68 weeks

Entry Clearance Officer
83 weeks

Family Visit Visa
79 weeks

Human Rights
45 weeks

EEA Free Movement
33 weeks

Other (incl deportation and deprivation)
35 weeks

The trend is an upward one, with average waiting times in 2014/15 standing at 29 weeks and in 2015/16 standing at 34 weeks.

It seems that the immigration tribunal is being starved of funds which is causing a shortage of judges and support staff. I cannot help but think that the huge waiting time is another way to making appeals less attractive or useful and thus discourage refused immigration applicants from bringing legal challenges.

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