Tip 3: Read your own documents again


How does reading my documents again help me?

  • You may need to explain things that are complicated or happened months/years ago.
  • Reading your documents again, and thinking about what happened, helps you remember important details.
  • Having details fresh in your mind helps you explain your situation clearly to the Judge.


  • An oral hearing is not a memory test. You do not need to keep every detail in your head.
  • Before the hearing, highlight the appeal documents that are important to you. This will help you find them more easily during the hearing.
  • During the hearing, look at appeal documents to help you answer questions. If you are asked to explain a letter, bank statement or email, looking at the document can help you understand the question.


  • Before your hearing, you have already given the Home Office and Tribunal information at different times. For example, when you:
    • applied for a UK travel visa
    • spoke to immigration officials when arriving in the UK
    • had your asylum screening interview
    • applied for s95 or s4 support (ASF1)
    • replied to Home Office requests for more information (RFIs)
    • wrote your Notice of Appeal
    • wrote your reply to the Directions Notice


Have I given consistent information?

  • Look carefully at the appeal documents (eg your ASF1, Notice of Appeal, Directions Notice reply). Check if the information you have given to the Home Office or Tribunal has stayed the same or changed.
  • If your information has stayed the same, this helps your credibility (the Judge believing what you say or write) for your hearing.
  • If your information has changed, be ready to explain why. The Judge wants to know that you are being open and honest at the hearing.


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