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What is an Administrative Review?

What is an Administrative Review?

If an Entry Clearance Officer or Caseworker made an error when processing your immigration application, you can challenge the decision through an Administrative Review.

What sort of errors can be challenged?

You can challenge errors made by the Entry Clearance Officer or Caseworker, for example:

  • They applied the Immigration Rules, policy, or guidance incorrectly.
  • They have miscalculated a time limit or how much money you should show.
  • They allege false representation or false documents, or failure of an applicant to disclose material facts, and this is not true.
  • They wrongly allege that you previously breached the UK’s immigration laws.
  • They failed to use the “Evidential Flexibility” policy and contact you and request further documents where
    • there were documents missing from a sequence (for example, if pages 1 to 3 of your bank statement show the required funds for 28 days, but you accidently left out page 2, the caseworker should have written to you asking you to send page 2 before deciding your application)
    • your document was in the wrong format (for example, you sent mini-statements)
    • your document was a copy, not an original
    • you provided a document, which did not contain all of the specified information (for example a bank statement that did not show your account number).

What sort of errors cannot be challenged?

If the error is your fault, you cannot successfully challenge the decision. For example, if you did not hold the required funds for the full 28 period before submitting your application, your application for Administrative Review would not succeed.

The only exception is where the Entry Clearance Officer should have contacted you about a specific minor error with your documents, as explained in the final bullet point above.

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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