JPHLAW concerned at Immigration Fee rise
JPHLAW criticise ‘Serious risk’ from rise in immigration fees
Steep increases in fees for immigration tribunals pose a serious risk to justice.
Ministers set out proposals for increases of up to 500 per cent in fees in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals, which examine cases brought against decisions made by the Home Office relating to permission to stay in the UK, deportation and clearance to enter the country.
In the First-tier Tribunal, fees would rise from £80 to £490 for an application for a decision based on legal papers and from £140 to £800 for an application for an oral hearing.
A new fee of £455 for an application for permission to appeal to the upper tribunal would be introduced.
The government’s consultation also proposes a £510 charge for an appeal hearing in the higher chamber if permission is granted.
Justice Minister Dominic Raab said it was “no longer reasonable to expect the taxpayer to fund around 75 per cent of the costs of immigration and asylum proceedings.”
Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: “There is a serious risk that fee increases of 500 per cent will prevent many people from challenging often incorrect Home Office administrative decisions about their entitlement to enter or remain in the UK
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