Guides:

Section 1: Your personal details

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‘Your Home Office Support reference number’

This number is in the top right corner of the Home Office letter which says you cannot have (or continue having) support. Look for the words ‘Asylum Support Reference’. 

‘Do you have a disability?’

This question is about your health. A disability is a physical or mental health problem that makes day-to-day activities very difficult. Day-to-day activities are what you do on a normal day.  If you have a disability, an appeal hearing may be more difficult for you than other people. For example, if:

If your physical or mental health causes you a big problem most days, tell the Tribunal by ticking the ‘yes’ box.

‘If YES, do you have additional requirements’

This question is about extra help you might need from the Tribunal because of your disability.

Tell the Tribunal if there is something it could do to help you take part in the hearing. For example, if you are deaf, ask the Tribunal to provide a sign language interpreter.

‘Are your needs such that you want your appeal conducted by video (CVP) or by telephone only?’

This question is about whether you can travel to the Tribunal in London. If you have a disability this could make travelling to London very difficult.

If you are worried about travelling to London due to the high rates of Covid 19, you should tell the tribunal. 

Being pregnant or not having childcare may also make travelling to London difficult. If you bring your children to the Tribunal, they will either have to sit in the waiting room or be with you in the hearing. If you are not happy with these options, let the Tribunal know on this form.

Video (CVP) is one type of oral hearing. You will need access to a computer or mobile device with a good internet speed and somewhere quiet and private to speak. You see and speak to the Judge in London on a computer screen. 

Tip: If you have medical letters to explain why travelling to London is difficult for you, send these to the Tribunal with your Notice of Appeal form.

Phone appeal is another type of oral hearing. The Judge calls you on your phone. You speak to the Judge but do not see them. At the moment, phone hearings happen more often than video hearings. 

Tip: Make sure you have full phone battery on the day of your hearing. Check your phone accepts calls from 0800 and ‘unknown’ numbers. Before the hearing starts, find a quiet space where you can talk in private.

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