(Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Appeal Number: HU/19304/2019
THE IMMIGRATION ACTS
Heard at Bradford
Decision & Reasons Promulgated
On 15 October 2021
On 16 November 2021
UPPER TRIBUNAL JUDGE LANE
(ANONYMITY DIRECTION MADE)
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT
For the Appellant: Ms Rutherford
For the Respondent: Mr Bates, Senior Presenting Officer
DECISION AND REASONS
1. The appellant is a citizen of Afghanistan who was born in 2001. He appealed to the First-tier Tribunal against a decision of the Entry Clearance Officer dated 18 October 2019 refusing for entry clearance on the basis of his family life. The First-tier Tribunal, in a decision promulgated on 9 March 2021, dismissed his appeal. The appellant now appeals, with permission, to the Upper Tribunal.
2. At the initial hearing in the Upper Tribunal, Mr Bates, who appeared for the Entry Clearance Officer, told me that the respondent did not oppose the appeal. At , the judge had made a mistake of fact when he stated that the identity documents of the appellant's mother had not been referred to in her death certificate when reference had been made. Secondly, also at , the judge had reached a finding (that, notwithstanding the production of evidence of a death certificate, he was not satisfied that the appellant's mother had died) when the fact of her death had not been contested by the Entry Clearance Officer and the appellant and his representative had not been given the opportunity to make addressing the judge's concerns which had not been expressed at the hearing. Mr Bates accepted that the judge had proceeded in a manner which had been unfair to the appellant.
3. In the circumstances, I set aside the decision of the First-tier Tribunal. The appeal is returned to the First-tier Tribunal for that Tribunal to remake the decision following a hearing de novo. None of the findings of fact of the First-tier Tribunal shall stand.
Notice of Decision
The decision of the First-tier Tribunal is set aside. None of the findings of fact shall stand. The appeal is returned to the First-tier Tribunal for that Tribunal to remake the decision following a hearing de novo.
LISTING DIRECTIONS: return to First-tier Tribunal; not Judge Shepherd; first available date at Birmingham; no interpreter.
Signed Date 23 October 2021
Upper Tribunal Judge Lane
Direction Regarding Anonymity - Rule 14 of the Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal) Rules 2008
Unless and until a Tribunal or court directs otherwise, the appellants are granted anonymity. No report of these proceedings shall directly or indirectly identify them or any member of their family. This direction applies both to the appellants and to the respondent. Failure to comply with this direction could lead to contempt of court proceedings.