(Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Appeal Number: HU/07585/2019
THE IMMIGRATION ACTS
Heard at Manchester by Skype for Business
Decision & Reasons Promulgated
On 11 February 2021
On 2 March 2021
UPPER TRIBUNAL JUDGE LANE
(ANONYMITY DIRECTION NOT MADE)
Entry Clearance Officer
For the Appellant: Mr Balroop
For the Respondent: Mr McVeety, Senior Home Office Presenting Officer
DECISION AND REASONS
1. The appellant., a female citizen of Nepal who was born on 2 April 1962, appealed to the First-tier Tribunal against a decision of the Entry Clearance Officer dated 21 March 2019 refusing her entry clearance to the United Kingdom. The First-tier Tribunal, in a decision promulgated on 24 February 2020, dismissed the appeal. The appellant now appeals, with permission, to the Upper Tribunal.
2. The appeal turned on whether the appellant had proved to the appropriate standard of proof that her husband, a former Ghurkha soldier, was dead. The First-tier Tribunal found that she had failed to prove this as a fact and dismissed her appeal. At the Upper Tribunal initial hearing on 11 February 2021, Mr McVeety, who appeared for the respondent, told me that the respondent considered that the First-tier Tribunal had erred in law by finding that the evidence adduced by the appellant had been insufficient to prove that her husband was dead. The judge's analysis was flawed in law for the reasons advanced in the appellant's grounds of appeal and as summarised by Upper Tribunal Judge Gill who granted permission to appeal. He submitted that the Upper Tribunal should set aside the decision of the First-tier Tribunal and remake the decision allowing the appeal.
3. In the circumstances, I set aside the First-tier Tribunal's decision and remake the decision allowing the appellant's appeal against the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer.
Notice of Decision
The decision of the First-tier Tribunal is set aside. I have remade the decision. The appellant's appeal against the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer is allowed.
Signed Date 11 February 2021
Upper Tribunal Judge Lane