The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that immigrants and asylum seekers will have to pay for the cost of appeals against decisions made over their cases.
Last year it cost £115 million to operate the immigration appeals system, the MoJ told the BBC. The aim of this new move is to claw back around 25 percent of these running costs. The precise amounts that individuals will have to pay are still being discussed, however it is expected to cost £125 for oral hearings and £65 for paper hearings. Onward appeals to the upper tribunal are likely to be in the region of £250. The fees will apply to appeals against decisions refusing an individual leave to remain in the UK, leave to enter the country or alter their current leave to remain. Some individuals will be exempt; those who qualify for legal aid, those receiving asylum support and applicants who are part of the asylum 'detained fast track ' process. A spokesman from the MoJ stated that appeals relating to revocation of leave, deportation, deprivation of citizenship or right of abode will not have to pay a fee.
Jonathon Djanogly from the MoJ commented that the changes represented, 'responsibility, freedom and fairness' and 'it is reasonable to ask non-UK citizens to contribute to the costs of administration for an appeal.'