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Cost of immigration applications

The cost of business immigration advice can vary greatly, depending on the nature and complexity of each particular query. The prices below are for illustration only and we strongly suggest that, if you are interested in our services, you speak to us to see what bespoke service we can offer to your business.

 

Our charges are made up of:

  1. our fees for the legal work; and
  2. disbursements (“disb”) – disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to other people, such as fees for a barrister’s opinion or help at Court. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Where VAT is referred to below please note that this will be charged at the applicable rate, which is currently 20%.

Tier 1 (innovator) visa £3,000 – £5,000 (plus VAT and disb)
Tier 1 (start-up) visa £3,000 – £5,000 (plus VAT and disb)
Tier 1 (investor) visa £3,000 – £5,000 (plus VAT and disb)
Tier 2 visa (general or ICT) £900 – £1,800 (plus VAT and disb)
PBS Dependant visa £300 – £1,000 (plus VAT and disb)
Indefinite leave to remain £1,000 – £2,500 (plus VAT and disb)
Application under the EU Settlement Scheme £500 – £1,500 (plus VAT and disb)

*Please note, we have provided a range of pricing which reflects the fact that some cases take longer than others. For example, if your case is particularly complex and/or has a high volume of documents for us to read, then our estimate is likely to be at the higher end of the range. In exceptional circumstances, we may give you an estimate outside of this range, but you will be advised of this at the outset.

What does this include?

Our immigration legal services include:

  • considering individual circumstances and advising on eligibility
  • advising on Immigration Rules, as appropriate
  • drafting supporting documents (where required)
  • reviewing supporting documents
  • preparing and/or reviewing the online application
  • advising on the terms of the visa

Our fees

Our fees will be based on how much time it takes to deal with your case. Our standard hourly rates are detailed below. Angela Barnes will usually carry out the work on your behalf, and her hourly rate is £200 plus VAT.

Partner £250.00 per hour (plus VAT)
Senior Associate Solicitor £200.00 per hour (plus VAT)
Associate Solicitor £185.00 per hour (plus VAT)
Solicitor £175.00 per hour (plus VAT)
Employment Law Advisor £165.00 per hour (plus VAT)
Trainee Solicitor £111.00 per hour (plus VAT)
Legal Assistant £75.00 per hour (plus VAT)

The exact time spent, and fees charged will depend on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • how straight-forward your case is in terms of the law;
  • whether it is necessary to appeal;
  • the amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider;
  • which language(s) you speak;
  • whether you are applying with other dependants.

If you are able to provide, for example, first drafts of the visa application forms and compile the supporting documents yourself, for us to review, then the cost is likely to be at the lower end of the price range given above. If the case is more complex and/or requires our greater involvement and preparation, then the costs of your case will likely exceed this price range.

Disbursements

You will need to pay for ‘disbursements’ in addition to our costs as described above. In an immigration matter the most common costs tend to relate to application fees. However, unless there are exceptional circumstances, we normally advise for these to be paid direct to the Home Office, rather than as a disbursement.

In most cases we do not need to instruct a barrister (specialists in attending and arguing at Court) on your behalf. If a barrister is needed then the hourly rate is likely to be in the region of GBP £250 (plus VAT) to GBP £350 (plus VAT) per hour, depending on the experience of the barrister.

If there is an interview with the immigration authorities and you ask us to attend with you, there will be further disbursements for our travel costs.

 

Other costs to consider

The costs quoted here do not include:

Key stages of your case

The examples of typical costs above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages an immigration application:

  • discussing your circumstances and options throughout the process;
  • 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;
  • 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.

It would not normally be necessary to undertake other work or incur other costs other than those described above. However, we would be very happy to provide you with a more tailored quote for all stages of your particular case once we know about your specific circumstances.

How long will my case take?

Unfortunately, we do not have control over how long the Home Office take to process applications. However you can view the current processing times online.

In terms of submitting your application to the Home Office we can normally achieve this within 2 to 3 weeks of you instructing us and providing all of the necessary supporting documentation in a form acceptable to the Home Office, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

Who will be dealing with my case?

Your case will be handled by Angela Barnes. If other members of the team are to be introduced, we will provide you with full details of their background and qualifications. Full details of the experience and qualifications of our team are available here including the types of work normally undertaken. Regardless of who is working on your case the matter will be supervised by Chris Boyle, Partner and Head of Employment.