What work does the pricing information below relate to?
Below you will find pricing information for immigration related matters on which we are able to advise.
Why do we provide this information?
We are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to provide pricing information to potential clients in relation to certain types of work. We encourage our clients to contact us for more detailed information based on their specific situation and needs and not to base any decision solely on price. We strongly believe in the notion that 'you get what you pay for' and strive to provide our clients with clear, practical and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.
How do we charge?
We are able to advise on the following immigration related matters:
- Applications for naturalisation or registration under the British Nationality Act 1981
- Applications on behalf of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates
- Applications under the Immigration Rules, including:
- student and work experience visas;
- visit visas (for tourism, or visiting friends / family);
- spouse and partners applications, including fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners;
- applications for work, business or study under the Points-Based System;
- dependent relative and family reunion applications;
- ancestry visas;
- other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence.
Range of costs
Matters are charged at at a rate of £170 per hour plus VAT where the work is carried out by a solicitor. If the work is undertaken by a partner in our team, her hourly rate is £295 per hour plus VAT.
The following estimates have been prepared on the basis that the work would be undertaken by an Employment Solicitor. If the work is undertaken instead by a Partner, the hourly rate of £295 per hour + VAT * should be applied to the time estimates given below.
Applications under EEA Regulations for EEA Nationals and their family members, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards and registration certificates
On average, a straightforward EEA application takes around 8 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £1,250 and £1,500 + VAT *.
Applications for work, business or study under the Points Based System
On average, a straightforward Tier 2, 4 or 5 application takes around 12 – 15 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are around £2,000 - £2,500 + VAT *.
For a Tier 1 application you should expect that the costs will be significantly higher owing to the complexity of the financial and business plan requirements.
Application(s) under the Immigration Rules for leave to remain, further leave to remain, indefinite leave to remain or naturalisation
On average, a straightforward application takes between 15 and 25 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,500 - £4,250 + VAT *.
In each of the above EEA, PBS or non EEA cases the complexity of the matter (and the time that the necessary work will take) depends on the circumstances in your case, such as:
- Whether you are applying with other family members or dependants;
- Which language(s) you speak;
- Whether you are able to provide all the necessary original documents necessary as per UKVI requirements;
- Whether any of your documents need to be translated;
- The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider and / or submit with the application;
- Whether you have any suitability issues, such as previous period(s) of overstaying.
If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of these ranges.
What services are included
The work will involve:
- discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
- giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
- if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how;
- considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which is often the most complex part of the process;
- where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
- preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf;
- giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
The overall number of hours will depend upon the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents.
Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):
These are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
- Interpreters fees. Should an interpreter be necessary then we will advise you of the additional costs per hour that are involved.
- Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.
The costs quoted here do not include:
- Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay these to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
- Any fee payable for a Premium Service Centre appointment. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process;
- Any Immigration Health Surcharge. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process;
- The biometric enrolment fee. You will pay this to the Post Office directly as part of the application process;
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
How long will my application take?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. You can read the current processing time for all types of visas on the www.gov website.
We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are estimates based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.
Who will be advising you?
Matters will be handled by an appropriate member of our Employment Law team under the supervision of partner and team head Sue Dowling. You can find out more about the other members of our team below.
Who to contact for further information or legal advice?
Please contact us for more detailed and specific information.
* VAT is charged at 20%.