Preparing for an immigration appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (IAC)
Produced in partnership with Rowena Moffatt of Doughty Street Chambers
Last updated on 05/08/2020

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Rowena Moffatt of Doughty Street Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Preparing for an immigration appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (IAC)
  • Preparation of appellant’s bundle
  • Appeal Skeleton Argument
  • Citation of unreported determinations
  • Witnesses and live evidence
  • Deciding on witnesses
  • Oral evidence
  • Child, vulnerable adult and sensitive witnesses
  • Expert witness
  • Preparing witnesses
  • More...

Preparing for an immigration appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (IAC)

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The procedural steps to be followed in a First-tier Tribunal appeal are examined in the Practice Note on Procedure in the First-tier Tribunal (IAC). This Practice Note looks at the practical issues involved in the preparation of the evidence, appellant’s bundle and pleadings in an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal, following the lodging of the appeal and payment of any fee.

Preparation of appellant’s bundle

As a matter of the First-tier Tribunal’s case management powers, it will invariably require a party to produce a bundle of evidence.

Under the online process, the respondent is required to provide the respondent’s bundle not later than 14 days after the notice of appeal is lodged. The model directions require the documents listed at r 24(1) of the Procedure Rules to be included within the respondent’s bundle. These are:

  1. the notice of the decision to which the appeal relates and any other documents provided to the appellant giving reasons for the decision

  2. any statement of evidence or application form completed by the appellant

  3. any record of interview that relates

Related documents:
Key definition:
Pleadings definition
What does Pleadings mean?

Pleadings, or statements of case, are formal court documents setting out a party's case. They include the claim form, particulars of claim, defence, Part 20 claim, reply to defence and further information under Part 18 of the CPR.

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