There have been changes to appeals for family members who want to come to the UK for a visit.  This is part of the current Government's attempt to limit migration to the UK.

There are no changes to who may apply for a visit visa and the UKBA has stated that 'genuine visitors are welcome' to the UK.

However, new regulations state that only immediate family members will have a right of appeal if their visit visa is refused.  So, if your niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend is coming to visit you then they will not have a right of appeal if their visit visa is refused.  They will have to make a fresh visit visa entry clearance application.

This is disappointing news and often the entry clearance officer's decisions to refuse a visit visa are arbitrary and of poor quality.  Also, there seems to be no consistency of decision-making by entry clearance officers.

The Government's ultimate aim is to abolish visit visa appeals altogether and it is anticipated that by 2014 this will come into force.  Watch this space!