We are required by our regulating body, the SRA, to provide individuals seeking immigration advice a breakdown of our fees. The table below provides an approximate range, based on our experience. We will provide you with a more tailored fee estimate for your agreement prior to our commencing any work. Factors that may affect the cost include: whether it is a first-time applicant or extension, if there are multiple dependents (e.g. several children), language, the number of supporting documents or witnesses, possible attendance at a Home Office interview, and whether it is a fast-tracked/premium application. Some cases may be unusually complex, require more time and therefore exceed the range given above. (e.g. if there is a particularly poor immigration history, or difficult previous refusals, criminal records, etc.).
|Service||Our Fee Range (Ex. VAT)|
|Consultation (to provide you with an initial assessment of your situation and the options available to you, either by telephone, in a meeting or by email to you)||
£200 – £350
|UK WORK VISAS & EXTENSIONS|
|Tier 1 (entrepreneur)||£4000 – £5000|
|Tier 1 (investor)||£4000 – £5000|
|Tier 2 Visa (general, intercompany transfers, sportsperson, minister of religion)||£1250 -£3000|
|UK Ancestry||£1250 – £2000|
|Domestic Workers and Carers||£1000 – £2500|
|Tier 5 (Charity workers)||£1250 -£2000|
|FAMILY OF BRITISH CITIZENS & SETTLED PERSONS – visas and extensions|
|Fiancé(e) / Proposed Partner||£1000 – £2500|
|Spouse / Civil Partner||£1000 – £2500|
|Unmarried Partner||£1000 – £2500|
|Children||£1000 – £2500|
|Settling in the UK (indefinite leave) – Partner / Child||£1250 – £3000|
|Settling in the UK – Domestic Violence / Bereaved Partner||£1350 – £3000|
|APPLYING TO BECOME BRITISH|
|Naturalisation||£1500 – £2500|
|Registration||£1500 – £2500|
|Complex citizenship issues||£2500 – £5000|
|EU APPLICATIONS – EU citizens/family members|
|EEA Family Permit||£1000 – £1500|
|Residence Card as Family Member of an EEA National||£1250 – £1750|
|Retained Right of Residence (after divorce or death of EEA national)||£1500 – £2250|
|Derivative Residence Card as a Primary Carer||£1500 – £1750|
|Residence Card as Extended Family Member||£1500 – £2250|
|Registration Certificate||£1000 – £1250|
|Permanent Residence (PR) as an EEA National||£1000 – £2550|
|LONG RESIDENCE APPLICATIONS|
|ILR – 10 Years Long Residence||£1250 -£2500|
|Limited Leave to Remain – 20 years / most of life in UK||£1500 – £2500|
|Tier 4 (student) Visa/Extension||£1000 -£1500|
|Leave to Remain outside the Immigration rules||£2000 – £3000|
|Returning Resident Visa||£2000 – £3500|
|TOC Application||£750 – £1500|
|NTL Application||£750 – £1500|
|Visit visas (for tourism, or visiting friends/family)||£1000 – £1500|
|Administrative Review – PBS||£850 – £1900|
|Giving Notice of Appeal (Pre-Hearing Notice)||£750 – £1000|
|Preparation for Appeal Hearing including compliance with court directions (First-tier Tribunal)||£1500 -£3500|
(a) For Applications
Our work will generally include as follows:
- considering documents, taking instructions and providing initial advice;
- advising on and where necessary helping you to obtain the required supporting documents including taking statements of any witnesses;
- completing the application in draft for you to check/amend before signing it;
- preparing our legal representation letter to accompany the application;
- posting (Special Delivery) to the Home Office, or to you as required in order then for you to submit; (alternatively where the application is done online as is increasingly the case, it is for you to submit it, followed by your presenting the documents in person);
- and to keep you informed and updated on progress with the application and finally to notify you of the outcome of the application, and any resulting further steps you need to take.
- Once submitted, we cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. For application made in the UK the Home Office generally gives itself up to 6 months within which to make its decision (in our recent experience decisions are currently being made well within that timescale, on average around 8 – 12 weeks, depending on the application). For visa applications from outside the UK, please see the Home Office published current processing times: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times.
- We will normally be able to submit an application within 2-3 weeks of you instructing us though it varies depending on the type of application and the facts in each case; we will let you know more accurately once we have assessed your case and the availability of required documents.
Work not included in the fee ranges given above is:
- our attendance at any Home Office interview. If the Home Office asks you to attend an interview we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of our attending with you). This could be between 2 and 4 hours additional work; and
- advice and assistance in relation to any appeal, should your application be refused by the Home Office.
In addition to legal fees the applicant will in most cases have to pay: (1) Home Office application fees. See here for current publish fee list ; (2) Immigration Health Service (IHS) charge ; (3) Home Office Biometric charge (currently £19.20); (4) Special Delivery postage charges (estimate per application: £20, plus VAT where applicable); and (4) where applicable certified translator’s costs (costs are dependent on the language and the translator company – we will provide you with options in advance whenever translation is required).
(b) For Appeals to First-tier Tribunal
Our work will generally include: initial advice; preparing and filing notice of appeal; advising on and where necessary helping you to obtain the required supporting documents including taking statements of any witnesses; assessing evidence to support appeal; corresponding with Home Office; preparing appeal bundles; instructing and liaising with Counsel; attending at the hearing.
Our work included in the fee range given above will not include advice and assistance in relation to any further appeal/challenge, should your appeal to the First-tier tribunal not be allowed.
In addition to our legal fees you will have to pay for Counsel’s work (usually to settle the formal grounds of appeal, and then representation at the tribunal hearing: estimate £800 – £1,000 plus VAT); and the Tribunal fee, which is currently of £140; also printing and postage costs (for the appeal bundles), estimate £50 plus VAT; and where applicable certified interpreters’ and /or translators’ costs (please see comments at (a) above).
Please note that after filing notice of appeal there is currently a wait of about 1 year for the appeal to be heard in the Tribunal.
(c) Basis of charging
Our fees are based on an hourly rate of £250 – £350. The range of figures set out above not include VAT which, where applicable, will be charged at 20%.