Refused Applications

If you are denied entry into the UK, we understand this comes with a sense of frustration and loss of time and money. Optimus Law can help outline your options and determine the best course of action for proceeding with an appeal.

Although it is uncommon for applications to be denied if filed correctly, and the applicant is without existing Home Office violations, there is still a selective rate at which the UK accepts applications. With changes in the future related to Brexit, the grounds for refusal, and the appeal process may change from its existing system.

Currently, the existing grounds for refusal of your application is generally based on:

  • Existing Home Office violations of immigration laws
  • Failure to produce necessary documentation
  • Incomplete application
  • Failure to make factual representation of yourself and application.
  • Not meeting deadlines

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If you have received notice that your application was denied, and you are outside the UK, you may appeal to the First Tier Tribunal within 28 days of your received notice. This is known as an entry clearance appeal.

If you are inside the UK, and your application for extension to stay has been refused, you may appeal to the First Tier Tribunal within 10 working days of the refusal notice being received. If you are in the UK and are in detention, you should file an appeal within 5 working days.

Optimus Law’s immigration staff will assist in the appeal process with the necessary collection of documents and information, representation during the appeal process, and consulting on future options.


How long do I have to appeal?

If you are outside the UK, you have 28 days from the reception of the refusal notice. If you are inside the UK, you have 10 days from the reception of the refusal notice. If you are being detained, it is recommended you file your appeal within 5 working days.

How long will the appeal process take?

Each case is different, but generally cases can be resolved within 16-20 weeks if all parties have necessary documentation

Should I find a lawyer for this process?

It is highly recommended to have an experienced lawyer work with you through the process to save both time and money. However, it is not required.

Why was my application denied?

There is no specific list of reasons for denial, however the Home Office uses their own discretion to determine which cases to submit for acceptance. We always recommend for you to send us your refusal letter to so our immigration lawyers can take a

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