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Our Fees: Personal Immigration

Please note our fees are subject to VAT, this tax is set by the UK government and is currently 20%.

Stage 1 – Initial Advice

We offer a fixed fee for our initial advice on Personal Immigration options, including eligibility to make an application or to challenge a decision.

The fixed fee ranges from £225 + VAT to £350 + VAT.

The fee depends on the level of advisor and the complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals in our team.

Some cases are undertaken by a Partner or Solicitor only owing to the complexity.  This is confirmed below in each work type.

The cost includes:

  • Face to face / Video / Telephone meeting with the client (E mail only also available)
  • Taking instructions
  • Considering documents
  • Advising on options, eligibility and the prospects of success
  • Providing written advice following meeting

The cost does not include:

  • Interpreter’s fees – usually £20 – £25 per hour, depending on language required and availability*

* If we need to pay any third parties then we will require the cost of this up front from you before proceeding

Stage 2 – Application

If you wish to proceed with a Personal Immigration application then we offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case:

This work is undertaken by Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals in our team.

Hourly rates

Our hourly rates for Personal Immigration applications are:

Paralegal / Trainee Solicitor        £150

Solicitor                                           £200

Partner                                            £250

Fixed fees

Our fixed fees are based on the anticipated time that an average case of the type usually takes, calculated on the hourly rate.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in each case including:

  • The complexity of the issues involved
  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Whether there are multiple applicants e.g. more than one member of a family group**
  • How long a case takes

All applications are likely to vary and we will be able to provide a more accurate estimate once we have more information about a specific case.

The cost includes:

  • Advising you on the requirements for an application
  • Advising you on the required supporting documents for an application
  • Preparing and submitting an application
  • Checking supporting documents
  • Drafting a letter in support of an application
  • Booking a UKVCAS / VFS / TLS appointment
  • Advising on progress
  • Advising on the outcome of an application

Potential disbursements and what the cost does not include:

  • Home Office fees  – you will pay these to the Home Office directly **
  • Uploading supporting documents to the UKVCAS / VFS / TLS websites or e mailing to the nominated Home Office document address  – we charge an additional fee of £100 – £150 + VAT for this service per Applicant, depending on volume of documents
  • Translation of documents*
  • Interpreter’s fees*
  • Medical reports / notes*
  • Any other disbursements / payments to third parties necessary for your case*
  • The cost of challenging a decision if the application is refused – we would advise on the cost of this if it arises – see Stage 3

* If we need to pay any third parties then we will require the cost of this up front from you before proceeding

** The Home Office provide information about application fees:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table

 

How long will an application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application.

The Home Office provide information on typical timescales for applications made both inside and outside the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/visa-decision-waiting-times

For some applications it is possible to pay an additional fee for a Priority or Super Priority service and receive a quicker decision. We can advise you on the availability of this service.

British Citizenship, Naturalisation and Registration

On average, this type of application takes between 3 – 5 hours to complete.

This means that our costs are usually between £450 – £1250 + VAT.

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals in our team.

The usual timescale depends on the application being made and whether the application is made inside or outside the UK.

Applications made inside the UK:

  • Up to 6 months

Applications made outside the UK:

  • Standard service – 12 weeks

There is no priority service available.

EU Applications

On average, this type of application takes between 4 – 6 hours to complete.

This means that our costs are usually between £600 – £1500 + VAT.

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals in our team.

The usual timescale depends on the route being applied in and whether the application is made inside or outside the UK.

Applications made inside the UK:

  • Up to 6 months

Applications made outside the UK:

  • Standard service – 12 weeks
  • Priority service – 6 weeks (if available)

Spouse / Partner / Fiancé(e) Applications

On average, this type of application takes between 5 – 8 hours to complete.

This means that our costs are usually between £750 – £2000 + VAT.

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals in our team.

The usual timescale depends on the route being applied in and whether the application is made inside or outside the UK.

Applications made inside the UK:

  • Standard service – 8 weeks
  • Super Priority service – 24 hours (if available)

Applications made outside the UK:

  • Standard service – 12 weeks
  • Priority service – 6 weeks (if available)

Children Applications

On average, this type of application takes between 4 – 8 hours to complete.

This means that our costs are usually between £800 – £2000 + VAT.

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners and Solicitors in our team.

The usual timescale depends on the route being applied in and whether the application is made inside or outside the UK.

Applications made inside the UK:

  • Standard service – 8 weeks
  • Super Priority service – 24 hours (if available)

Applications made outside the UK:

  • Standard service – 12 weeks
  • Priority service – 6 weeks (if available)

Dependant Relative Applications

On average, this type of application takes between 6 – 10 hours to complete.

This means that our costs are usually between £1200 – £2500 + VAT.

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners and Solicitors in our team.

This application can only be made from outside the UK.

Applications made outside the UK:

  • Standard service – 12 weeks
  • Priority service – 6 weeks (if available)

Private Life / Human Rights Applications

On average, this type of application takes between 4 – 8 hours to complete.

This means that our costs are usually between £800 – £2000 + VAT.

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners and Solicitors in our team.

The usual timescale depends on the route being applied in and whether the application is made inside or outside the UK.

Applications made inside the UK:

  • Standard service – 8 weeks
  • Super Priority service – 24 hours (if available)

Applications made outside the UK:

  • Standard service – 12 weeks
  • Priority service – 6 weeks (if available)

Student Visas

On average, this type of application takes between 3 – 5 hours to complete.

This means that our costs are usually between £450 – £1250 + VAT.

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals in our team.

The usual timescale depends on the route being applied in and whether the application is made inside or outside the UK.

Applications made inside the UK:

  • Standard service – 8 weeks
  • Super Priority service – 24 hours (if available)

Applications made outside the UK:

  • Standard service – 12 weeks
  • Priority service – 6 weeks (if available)

Visit Visa Applications

On average, this type of application takes between 5 – 8 hours to complete.

This means that our costs are usually between £750 – £2000 + VAT.

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

The hourly rate or fixed fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals in our team.

This application can only be made from outside the UK.

Applications made outside the UK:

  • Standard service – 3 weeks
  • Priority service – 5 working days (if available)

 

Stage 3 – Challenging a negative decision

If you wish to challenge a decision of the Home Office then we offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or a fixed fee for our assistance.

Some decisions attract a statutory right of appeal or Administrative Review. Other decisions have no right of appeal but the option of reviewing of the decision. It may also be possible to consider an application for permission for Judicial Review.

The fee depends on the level of advisor and the type and complexity of the case.

This work is undertaken by Partners and Solicitors in our team.

Hourly rates

Our hourly rates for challenging decisions are:

Solicitor                                           £200 – £250

Partner                                            £250 – £300

Fixed fees

Our fixed fees are based on the anticipated time that an average case of the type usually takes, calculated on the hourly rate.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The complexity of the issues involved
  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Whether there are multiple applicants e.g. more than one member of a family group

To advise upon a refusal and lodge an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or fixed fee for assistance with lodging an appeal.

On average, this type of work takes around 1 ½ – 2 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £300 – £600 + VAT.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The complexity of the issues involved
  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Whether there are multiple applicants e.g. more than one member of a family group

The cost includes:

  • Advising on the options available
  • Preparing and lodging an appeal (if advised)
  • Advising on progress

Potential disbursements and what the cost does not include:

  • Appeal fees – currently £140 for oral hearing / £80 for paper hearing*
  • Translation of documents*
  • Interpreter’s fees*
  • Medical reports / notes*
  • Any other disbursements / payments to third parties necessary for your case*

* If we need to pay any third parties then we will require the cost of this up front from you before proceeding

To prepare an appeal for oral hearing before the First Tier Tribunal

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or fixed fee for assistance with preparing a case for an oral hearing.

On average, this type of work takes between 5  – 8 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £1000 – £2400 + VAT.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The complexity of the issues involved
  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • The number of witnesses
  • Whether expert evidence is required
  • The number of hearings involved

The cost includes:

  • Advising on progress
  • Preparing Witness Statements
  • Advising on evidence in support
  • Collating Appellant’s Bundles
  • Drafting Appeal Skeleton Argument
  • Liaising with the Home Office
  • Booking and Briefing Counsel
  • Advising on the outcome of the appeal

Potential disbursements and what the cost does not include:

  • Counsel’s fees*
  • Translation of documents*
  • Interpreter’s fees*
  • Medical reports / notes*
  • Expert reports*
  • Any other disbursements / payments to third parties necessary for your case*
  • Any onward appeal including an applications for Permission to Appeal to the Upper Tribunal

* If we need to pay any third parties then we will require the cost of this up front from you before proceeding

To prepare an application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or fixed fee for an application for permission to appeal.

On average, this type of work takes around 1 ½ – 2 ½ hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £300 – £750 + VAT.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The complexity of the issues involved
  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Whether there are multiple appellants e.g. more than one member of a family group

The cost includes:

  • Advising on the options available
  • Instructing Counsel to advise on and prepare Grounds for permission to appeal
  • Preparing and lodging an application (if advised)
  • Advising on progress

Potential disbursements  and what the cost does not include:

  • Counsel’s fees*
  • Translation of documents*
  • Interpreter’s fees*
  • Medical reports / notes*
  • Any other disbursements / payments to third parties necessary for your case*

* If we need to pay any third parties then we will require the cost of this up front from you before proceeding

Onward appeals to the Upper Tribunal or Court of Appeal or Judicial Review

We only offer paying at hourly rates for onward appeals or Judicial Review.

It is not possible to provide an average cost for this stage of work as each case varies so widely depending on the issues involved.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The complexity of the issue involved
  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Whether there are multiple appellants
  • The number of hearings involved

The cost includes:

  • Advising on the options available
  • Instructing Counsel to advise on and prepare Grounds for permission to appeal
  • Preparing and lodging an application (if advised)
  • Advising on progress
  • Advising on the outcome

Potential disbursements and what the cost does not include:

  • Counsel’s fees*
  • Court fees*
  • Translation of documents*
  • Interpreter’s fees*
  • Medical reports / notes*
  • Any other disbursements / payments to third parties necessary for your case*
  • * If we need to pay any third parties then we will require the cost of this up front from you before proceeding

Our Team

Bryony Rest

Bryony Rest

Partner

Irfan Ali

Solicitor

John Cavener

John Cavener

Trainee Solicitor

Molly Beattie

Molly Beattie

Paralegal

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