Yes. Most deportation appeals will involve some kind of argument in relation to family and private life. This is a right that is covered by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
However, the consideration of Article 8 (family and private life) arguments in a deportation appeal will depend on the length of the sentence that was handed down:
Sentence to less than 12 months
If your sentence is for less than 12 months, and your are not considered to be a persistent offender or that your offence caused serious harm, you can raise Article 8 arguments in your case.
These will be considered as they would in any human rights appeal. As always, you should provide as much evidence as you can of your family and private life, by way of documents and witness evidence where appropriate.
Sentence is between 12 months and 4 years
If your sentence is more than 12 months but less than 4 years, you can raise Article 8 in your appeal if:
- you have a parental relationship with a child under 18 who is a British citizen or has lived in the UK for 7 continuous years;
- you have a genuine and subsisting relationship with a partner in the UK who is a British Citizen or settled in the UK
At an appeal, the Tribunal will taken into account lots of different factors when considering the above. For example, the Tribunal will take into account whether the relationship was formed when your immigration status was precarious. It will also consider whether it would be unduly harsh for your child or your partner to live in the country to which you are to be deported, or to remain in the UK without you. The Tribunal will also consider whether there are very significant obstacles to integration in your country of return.
Sentence is more than 4 years:
If your sentence is for more than 4 years, the threshold to challenge the deportation by raising grounds related to Article 8 is far higher. The law states that you must show that there are very compelling circumstances, above and beyond those described above. This means that it will not be enough to show that you have a partner or a child in the UK who are British and that the impact on them will be unduly harsh. You will need to demonstrate circumstances beyond this, i.e. circumstances that are very compelling.