Law Society Warns of “Serious Flaws” in Immigration System


Home Office Immigration Enforcement van in London

The Law Society warns of “serious flaws” in the immigration system as nearly half of decisions that go to appeal in England and Wales are overturned.

The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, added that the number of appeals being upheld has been increasing for the past three years, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

“Almost 50% of UK immigration and asylum appeals are upheld – clear evidence of serious flaws in the way visa and asylum applications are being dealt with,” said Joe Egan president of the Law Society.

“We know there is good practice in the Home Office and officials who clearly want to make a difference, but each error or delay may – and often does – have a devastating effect on someone’s life,” he added.

It comes at a time when the UK Visa & Immigration service faces the biggest influx of applications in its history when EU nationals in the UK seek to settle their status post-Brexit. The Law society added that the need for a robust, reliable and efficient immigration system is more pressing than ever”

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