Fee Structure for Immigration Applications
- Applications for naturalisation or registration under the British Nationality Act 1981
Our professional fees (excluding disbursements) will be in the region of £ 850 +VAT
|MN1||£350 + VAT|
|AN||£550+VAT & Refugee Status £500 + VAT|
- 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
Our professional fees (excluding disbursements):
|EEA(PR), EEA(FM)||£650+VAT (Additional Applicant £100 + VAT)|
- Applications under the Immigration Rules, including:
student and work experience visas Our professional fees (excluding disbursements): from £ 850 +VAT
visit visas (for tourism, or visiting friends / family) Our professional fees (excluding disbursements)
|Entry Clearance – Visit visa||£250.00 (NO VAT)|
spouse and partners applications, including fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners Our professional fees (excluding disbursements)will be in the region of £ 850 +VAT
|FLR(M), SET(M), FLR(DL)||£750+VAT (Additional Applicant £100 + VAT)|
applications for work, business or study under the Points-Based System; Our professional fees (excluding disbursements): from £ 850 +VAT
dependent relative and family reunion applications Our professional fees (excluding disbursements): from £ 850 +VAT
|SET(P)||£700+VAT (Additional Applicant £100 + VAT)|
ancestry visas Our professional fees (excluding disbursements): from £ 850 +VAT
- other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence
- Our professional fees (excluding disbursements): from £ 650 +VAT
Basis of the Fees and work included
We aim to provide you with high standards of service at all times. The fee structure stated above includes
- considering documents
- attending on the client
- taking their instructions and providing advice
- preparing and submitting the application
- advising the client on timelines and the outcome of their application
- keep you informed by telephone or in writing of progress with your matter regularly;
- communicate with you in plain language;
- explain to you by telephone or in writing the legal work which is required as your matter progresses;
- keep you informed of the cost of your matter at agreed times;
- keep you advised of the likely timescales for each stage of this matter and any material changes in those estimates;
- continue to review whether there are alternative methods by which your matter can be funded.
To achieve the best possible outcome in your case, we need to work together with you. We will:
- review your matter regularly;
- advise you on the law;
- follow your instructions;
- update you on whether the likely outcomes still justify the likely costs and risks associated with your matter whenever there is a material change in circumstances.
You need to:
- provide us with clear and timely instructions;
- keep safe any documents which the UK Border Agency or any other relevant authorities or third parties require and provide them to us when requested.
How we calculate charges
Our charges will be calculated by reference to the time we actually spend working on your matter. This will include:
- attending meetings and negotiations;
- reading, preparing and working on papers;
- making and responding to telephone calls, e-mails, faxes and letters;
- preparation of costs estimates, schedules and bills;
- attendance at court and travel time.
Our hourly rates are set out below.
Where others are required to assist with your matter, we will charge you the following hourly rates for their work:
|1||Partners with over 8 years’ post-qualification experience||£|
|2||Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ post-qualification experience||£|
|3||Solicitors of less than 4 years’ post-qualification experience, legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience||£|
|4||Trainees, paralegals and fee earners of equivalent experience||£|
All routine correspondence which we write will be charged at 1/10th of the hourly rate, while routine correspondence we receive will be charged at 1/20th of the hourly rate.
All routine telephone calls, either made or received, will be charged at 1/10th of the hourly rate.
More complicated correspondence and telephone calls will be charged at the hourly rate for the actual time they take.
If your instructions mean we have to work outside normal office hours, we may increase the level of the hourly rates. We will notify you in writing of any increases.
We will add VAT to our fees at the rate that applies when the work is completed. Currently VAT is charged at 20%.
The above Fee structure is for guidance purposes only. We will at the first appointment take the following steps:
- 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, which on average takes X hours;
- considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take X to XX hours*;
- 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, which we anticipate will take X hours;
- Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between X and X hours of work.
- giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
*the amount of hours depends on 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):
Disbursements 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 at £X per hour. This kind of application will normally require between X-X hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.
- 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.
- If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.
The costs quoted here do not include:
- Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.
We will normally be able to submit this type of application within X 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 an estimate 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.