The Home Office announced that they are removing the full right of appeal for applicants refused leave to enter the UK as a family visitor. The new appeal arrangements will apply to anybody who applies to enter the UK to visit a family member on or after the implementation date. Applicants who are refused after this date will be expected to re-apply addressing the reasons for refusal instead of appealing. The UKBA indicate this will be quicker and cheaper than an appeals process. This will mean that many applicants will not have to wait several months in the appeals system before their cases are heard. Nevertheless, we are not sure how this will work out in practice but we hope and trust that there will be marked improvement in the initial decision making process otherwise we could see the system descend into further chaos. The change is expected to come into force on or soon after 25 June. Click here for more information.