Administrative review is a process whereby applicants can request their decisions be reconsidered by the Home Office if there has been a case working error and is the first available option for those decisions that does not warrant a right of appeal.
Points Based System applications by either the main applicant or dependant, including indefinite leave to remain applications under those routes made in the UK as well as applications made by Appendix W workers and their families are eligible for Administrative Review. A full list of eligible decisions can be found under the Immigration rules in Appendix AR.
Case working Errors for Administrative Review
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An appeal is considered by the court, by an independent judge, i.e. independent from the Home Office who made a decision to refuse your application. The appeal could take several months to be considered by the court. An administrative review is considered by the Home Office, i.e. by the same organisation who refused the application, but by a different caseworker. The administrative review is normally used as an option to point out any human errors made in making the visa decision. Processing time for a review is also shorter than for an appeal, normally around a month thus giving the applicant less time to choose an alternative way to remain in the UK.