What is the Special Immigration Appeals Commission?

an immigration solicitor conversing with government officialsThe Special Immigration Appeals Commission is a superior court that addresses matters pertaining to the deportation of persons on the grounds of national security.

This is a specialised area of immigration law. If a person wants to make an application to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, they are strongly advised to employ the services of an established immigration solicitor in London, like Saracens Solicitors.

Who can make an appeal to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission?

If a person has been kept out of the country, refused British citizenship, deported or had their citizenship taken away on national security grounds then they can make an appeal to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

A separate organisation is required, in part, because the evidence against someone in this situation may not be suitable for hearing in an open court for national security reasons. This makes the case more complicated all round.

The hearing

There is a commitment to holding public hearings in these cases whenever possible but there may be circumstances when neither the public, the appellant or their lawyer are allowed to hear the evidence.

The appeal is heard by a special tribunal. This involves a senior judge and two other commission members, a lawyer from the home office, the appellant and their lawyer from an immigration solicitor in London or elsewhere in the UK. A lawyer from the home office will also be present. If there is evidence that the appellant and their lawyer cannot hear, there may also be a special advocate present who will represent the appellant when they are not allowed to be in the room.  The special advocate is not able to reveal anything they have seen or heard to the appellant or their representative.

There are various time limits involved in these cases including how long a person has to make the appeal in the first place. The above mentioned changes depending on whether someone is in a detention centre, in the UK or outside the UK.

The laws in this area change frequently and it is always best to refer to the latest government guidelines, or an immigration solicitor in London, to check for the most up-to-date information.