Further changes to the rights to appeal of family members against visit visas will shortly come into force after 25 June 2013. This will mean that family members who are refused a visit visa will have a restricted right of appeal.
Prior to the changes close family members were able to retain the right of the appeal and where successful in many cases able to challenge the refusal through the courts. UK Border Agency maintains that the reasons behind this move is to reduce the cost of the appeal system. The appeal system workload was already dramatically reduced as a result of the changes implemented in July 2012 which tightened the definition of family visits.
UK Border state that applicants who are refused can re apply addressing the reasons for refusal. They argue that this will cost less than appealing. The real concerns are that family members who are refused are being denied the opportunity of challenging the refusal save on limited grounds.