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Immigration Appeals Reviewed

The Cabinet Office is pleased to release the findings of the Internal Audit Unit on the operations of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal Secretariat (IATS) from 2002-2014.

During this period the IATS faced a tremendous backlog of appeals, which peaked at around 3,900 across work permit, asylum and permanent residency appeals. As of 29th June 2015 this number now stands at approximately 180. In addition to this backlog, the IAT faced a number of structural and organizational challenges.

Accordingly the Cabinet Secretary, Samuel Rose, who is the Chief Officer responsible for the Secretariat, requested the assistance of the Internal Audit Unit in examining the systems, controls and processes that the office utilised.

As the report says many of its initial findings have already been amended over time with the aim of improving efficiency. Among the most noteworthy improvements has been a reduction in the time that it takes to notify appellants, who now receive decision letters within 48 hours of minutes being approved.

Mr Rose stated that his office fully supported the recommendations of the internal Audit Unit and is committed to implementing all recommendations.

A copy of Internal Auditís final report is available in the publications section of, and among the Internal Audit reports listed in the publications section of, the Portfolio of the Civil Service website.

The Immigration Appeals Secretariat is staffed by two secretaries and a coordinator.

For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks