The introduction of Section 15 of the Immigration Act 2014 saw the removal of the right of appeal for all immigration refusal decisions and replaced with a system of administrative review.

The Government agreed to a phased roll out of administrative review and these new Rules confirm that this roll out will be completed on 6 April 2015. From this date, administrative review will be the only process available to correct case working errors in certain decisions where there is no right of appeal.

This effectively means that, after 5 April 2015, it will no longer be possible to pursue a formal appeal through the court system if an application is refused.

It is important to note that it is not possible to appeal or request an administrative review of a decision to refuse a visitor or short-term student application. Those who have had applications refused under these routes should, instead, submit fresh applications, which address the reasons for refusal.

Many will be disappointed to see that the right of appeal has now effectively been withdrawn for all immigration refusal decisions, although some decisions will still be able to be challenged by way of judicial review.

It will therefore be interesting to see how effective the administrative review process is in addressing situations where the Home Office has made an error in the processing of an application, which has led to a refusal.