The decision to refuse or revoke a Sponsor License does not carry any appeal rights. Judicial Review (JR) may be the only option for a business if their licence application is refused or existing Tier 2 Sponsor Licence revoked. The Judicial Review is conducted through the High Court and is designed to determine if the Home Office has made a lawful and reasonable decision.
Pre Action Protocol or PAP is a notice of potential Judicial Review proceedings to the Home Office, in normal circumstances Home Office is given 14 days to respond to this pre-action protocol letter. The objective of the pre-action protocol is to avoid unnecessary litigation. The time limit to bring judicial review proceedings is as soon as possible and within 90 days from the date of original refusal decision and a pre action protocol letter has to be given to the Home Office within those 90 days.
The organisation may bring in a Judicial Review relying on the following grounds.
Judicial review is a complex legal process and is normally deemed as a remedy of last resort. The purpose of a pre-action protocol letter is for the applicant bringing the judicial review to set out their case against the Secretary of State for the Home Department (the Home Office) allowing them to consider the merits of the case before any litigation commences.
The Judicial Review of sponsor licence application or revocation is conducted at the High Court. At City Legal we can assist the organisations in preparing a letter before action, after gathering all evidence in support of the case. Strong cases are often resolved at this point. If successful negotiation is not attained at this point, the organisation may be able to pursue the Judicial Review and we can signpost you to a qualified barrister or Solicitor Advocate, who can pursue this further. A strong and justifiable PAP letter may lead to UKVI withdrawing the revocation, reinstating the sponsor licence, or negotiating terms such as agreeing to downgrade to B rating rather than a revocation. Time is of the essence, so prompt action is essential, as any challenge must be made as soon as possible or in any event within three months of the revocation decision.
Our team of UK Immigration Lawyers can expeditiously deal with pre-action protocol letters. Our Immigration Lawyers shall discuss your pre-action protocol letter in length and advise on the required documents and procedure of the pre action protocol to the Home Office. In the light of detailed consultation, we shall prepare the organisation’s representations for PAP on their behalf explaining the case efficiently and diligently to UKVI. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.