An Immigration Practitioner’s Guide to Challenging Delays in Home Office Decision Making

An Immigration Practitioner’s Guide to Challenging Delays in Home Office Decision Making


19 Jun 2024

9:30 AM ‐ 11:00 AM

With a SmartPlan £144

With a Season Ticket £160

Standard price £320

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Intermediate: Requires some prior subject knowledge
1.5 hours
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Recent years have seen an increasing number of applications before the Home Office taking months, if not years, to be concluded.

Protection cases are most gravely affected, with the average waiting being approximately 20 months, but we see lengthy delays in family applications, delays in issuing certificates of sponsorship and in decisions on nationality matters.

Recent changes to the immigration system in family and business routes have added to those delays and the protection and trafficking teams are now years behind schedule.

This new virtual classroom seminar will briefly look at the reasons behind the delays and will offer guidance on how to try to avoid adding to the delay.

Presented by expert speaker Sandra Akinbolu of 36 Public, this session will examine the options available to those facing delays and will provide a step-by-step guide to challenging such delays. Consideration will also be given to what to do in cases of real urgency.

What You Will Learn

This live and interactive session will cover the following:

  • What is behind the delays?
  • What is a reasonable amount of time in what types of cases?
  • How to avoid contributing to delays
  • Alternatives to legal challenges
  • Pre-action steps
  • Challenging delay decisions by way of JR
  • Impact of delay on other matters
  • Priority cases - how to identify them and how to ensure they are properly addressed

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.