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Delayed Decisions by Public Bodies

Delayed Decisions by Public Bodies


I am waiting for a decision from a public authority/public body but it is very late, could I force them to make a decision?


A decision by a public body/authority may be unlawfully delayed. We understand that such delays can have serious negative consequences.


The following are common examples of decisions in which the Home Office delays making a decision:

  • Initial Asylum Claims (including inviting you for the substantive asylum interview)
  • Fresh Claims
  • Applications for Leave to Remain (LTR)
  • Applications made under the Immigration Rules


Often, the only way to force a public authority to make a decision is to challenge the delay by way of judicial review. We can help you with this.


There could be instances that delay manifests itself in a different form. We often lodge Judicial Review proceedings in the following scenarios where there has been a delay by the Home Office in relation to the following: 

  • Implementing a successful court determination 
  • Delay in referring you into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) 
  • Assessing Discretionary Leave for a Victim of Trafficking 
  • Reaching a Conclusive Grounds decision after you have been issued with a Reasonable Grounds decision 
  • Issuing your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) which serves as evidence of immigration status and entitlements in the UK


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