Whether you are an individual looking to work or reside in the United Kingdom, or you’re a business looking to recruit personnel from overseas or invest in the UK, our immigration lawyers are here to guide you through the complex process of visa application. For full details of how we can help with your immigration needs, please go to our Business Immigration page.
This page sets out information about our charges for typical non-complex immigration matters.
What is Included
For all applications our services include:
- Detailed discussion of your circumstances and objectives; presenting options available to you; and advice on the most suitable application and course of action for you.
- Advice, support and review of all documentation required for submission of your application.
- Preparation of a covering letterÂ addressing any issues that may affect the validity of your application.
- Assistance with completing application formsÂ and submitting supporting documents electronically.
- Where an interview or site visit is requested by the Home Office, we can assist you in preparing for this visit.
- We will remain the main point of correspondence with the Home Office until a decision is made on the application.
- In respect of an appeal, preparing the bundle of documents for the hearing;
- In respect of an appeal, preparation and attendance at the appeal hearing, including preparing instructions to counsel.
Our service typically ends once a valid application is submitted. We offer additional services for more complex applications, appeals or communications with the Home Office regarding a delayed decision; however, these will incur additional charges.
Please contact our Immigration team to find out how we can assist you with your Immigration matter.
What is Excluded
If you require additional services not listed above, these will incur further charges due to the additional work or expertise required. Examples of services that will attract additional charges are as follows:
- Administrative review or judicial review that may be required in certain circumstances.
- Applications for your dependants.
- Attendance at and travel to/from Home Office interviews.
- Responding to requests from the Home Office for further information or documentation;
- Corresponding with the Home Office regarding any delays to their decision or administrative issues in obtaining your documents;
- If the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any administrative review or appeal.
- Discussing the Home Office’s decision with you and any further action you can take if you are not satisfied with the decision.
If your application requires one or more of the services listed above, please contact our Immigration team to discuss how we help you and any additional charges that may apply.
We charge an hourly rate for our services as follows:
|PARTNER||£350/hour + VAT|
|SOLICITOR||£275/hour + VAT|
|PARALEGAL/TRAINEE||£150/hour + VAT|
We can generally agree a fixed fee before any work is carried out, however, this will be assessed on a case by case basis and shall depend on the complexity of your application, the hours of work involved and who carries out that work. All fixed fee quotes are subject to any unforeseen complications that may affect the quote. Fixed fees are payable at the date of submission of the application and are not subject to the outcome of the application. If work is started and not completed, we will charge for that work based on the hourly rate of the fee earner involved. Please contact our Immigration team for an estimate of our charges for your specific immigration needs.
Factors that may result in a case being considered more complex may include (but are not limited to):
- the amount of communication (phone calls, emails etc) and other correspondence received from you or others involved in your application being excessive;
- information not being provided to us promptly and/or is incomplete or inaccurate;
- requested documents being provided to us piecemeal rather than as one set;
- requested documents not being made available within a reasonable period;
- collections of documents not being set out in an ordered manner by reference to any application;
- documents or information not being in line with checklists we provide;
- documents requiring multiple changes; and
- third party organisations (such as accountants, banks, translators or employers) failing to provide us with information and documentation in a timely and logical manner.
As a guide, the typical range of fees we charge for uncomplicated applications is set out below (fees stated apply to the main applicant only; applications for dependants are charged at different rates):
|TIER 1 (INVESTOR) VISA||£6,000 to £15,000 + VAT|
|INNOVATOR VISA||£5,000 to £10,000 + VAT|
|REGISTRATION OF A CHILD AS A BRITISH CITIZEN||£1,000 to £2,000 + VAT|
|GLOBALTALENT VISA||£5,000 to £10,000 + VAT|
|REPRESENTATIVE OF AN OVERSEAS BUSINESS VISA||£5,000 to £10,000 + VAT|
|START-UP VISA||£3,500 to £8,000 + VAT|
|APPEAL TO FIRST-TIER TRIBUNAL||£5,000 to £25,000 + VAT|
|SKILLED WORKER VISA||£1,500 to £2,000 + VAT|
|NATURALISATION TO BECOME A BRITISH CITIZEN||£2,000 to £3,500 + VAT|
|EU SETTLED STATUS||£500 to £2,000 + VAT|
|SPOUSE VISA/PARTNER||£1,750 to £4,000 + VAT|
All legal fees attract VAT. Some clients based outside of the European Union may not be required to pay VAT; we will discuss this before taking your instructions.
The fee ranges above relate to an initial application only and assume that:
- this is a standard application and that no unforeseen matters arise, including for example (but not limited to) the amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider or any missing documentation;
- the applicant has no adverse immigration history (such as previous breaches of immigration rules) or criminal record which may affect the application;
- the matter is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise; and
- all parties to the application (including any dependants) are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from you or any third parties.
Fixed fees are available on a case by case basis. Factors that may result in a case being considered more complex may include (but are not limited to): the amount of communication (phone calls, emails etc) and other correspondence received from you or others involved in your application being excessive; information not being provided to us promptly and/or is incomplete and inaccurate; requested documents being provided to us piecemeal rather than as one set; requested documents not being made available within a reasonable period; collections of documents not being set out in an ordered manner by reference to any application; documents or information not being in line with checklists we provide; documents requiring multiple changes; and third party organisations (such as accountants, banks, translators or employers) failing to provide us with information and documentation in a timely and logical manner.
In addition to our fees, you will be responsible for paying costs for any disbursements associated with your application. Typical disbursements include:
- UK Government application fees
- Immigration health surcharge fees
- Biometric registration fees
- Additional Visa services that may be required (i.e. appointment bookings, priority service and walk in service fees).
- Fees charged by experts to prepare any necessary reports in support of your application. These are typically only required if the application is not straightforward and/or you are challenging a decision to refuse your application.
- Fees charged by barristers to represent you at an appeal hearing, or to advise and draft grounds of appeal.
- Significant photocopying or printing requirements will usually be charged at a minimum of 0.04p/page for black and white and 0.05p/page for colour.
Before any work is carried out, you will receive a full list of likely disbursements on your matter. Disbursements do not typically incur VAT.
The time between receiving your instructions and submitting your application with the Home Office will vary depending on the complexity of your application. For a simple application for which you already meet all eligibility criteria this may be as little as 2 weeks and for a complicated application it may take a few months to collate the supporting evidence to satisfy the application guidance criteria (particularly in relation to adequate funds held in support of an application).
The time taken to process your application after submission with the Home Office is out of our control. This part of the application process is run by the Home Office, where applications are dealt with in the order in which they are received. The processing times can vary depending on the staffing and volume of applications being dealt with by the Home Office at any given time. Please visit the Home Office website for up-to-date information about processing times. We are generally unable to obtain an update from the Home Office regarding the progress of your application until the Home Office’s service standard for your type of application has elapsed.