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When to lodge an Administrative Review in UK and overseas?

04 March 2016

UK visa applicants in the UK and overseas have the right to request an Administrative Review (“AR”) if they believe that the decision to refuse their visa application is incorrect. However, we understand that many applicants are confused about the timeframe, namely how to calculate the number of days.

According to Para 34R of the Administrative Review Guidance, the time limits to submit an AR application are as follows:

Where Decision Was Made

Time Limit

Additional Requirement

In-country Decision

14 Calendar Days

Applicant is not detained

7 Calendar Days

Applicant is detained

Overseas Decision

28 Calendar Days



Days shall be calculated from the second day that the decision is received by the applicant. However, for in-country postal application, if an applicant has no evidence to prove the date of receipt, it will be deemed as the second working day of the date it was posted.

For example, an in-country decision is made on 4 March 2016 and it is received by the applicant on 8 March 2016. The time limit shall be calculated as follows:

Evidence Of Date Of Receipt

Time Limit Starts From

Time Limit Ends On


9 March 2016

22 March 2016


7 March 2016

20 March 2016


Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.