Immigration Price and Fee Information
To ensure our clients and our potential clients have the information they need to make informed choices about the services offered by us, we have set out below a guide to some of our fees. As a specialist immigration firm we undertake the broadest range of immigration work and this guide deals largely with the work that we undertake on behalf of members of the public. We also provide immigration services to businesses. If the subject matter that you require a fee quote on is not listed here, please feel welcome to contact us with some details on your enquiry and we will get back to you with a quotation. In addition to the work listed here we undertake Asylum applications, Human Rights applications, Extradition and Sanctions work. We are also instructed in highly specialised applications which often fall outside of the Immigration Rules. Due to the various complexities that these matters involve it’s difficult to provide guidelines for those costs in a guide like this. However we will always happily provide quotes when we know more about what your matter involves, so please contact us for further details.
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Depending on the type of application and your personal circumstances we may be able to offer a fixed fee or an hourly-rated quotation for our costs. The information below is a guide and relates to both these possible circumstances.
Every case we deal with is unique. With over 29 years hands on experience of UK Immigration Rules we have dealt with almost every imaginable scenario. Therefore fees will vary depending on the circumstances of your particular case. There are however some factors that apply to almost all fee quotes. These are summarised as follows:
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE GUIDE
- VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT)
All of the prices quoted exclude VAT. This is charged at the prevailing rate and is payable on our fees and on most expenses which we are likely to incur on your behalf. There may be some situations in which VAT is not payable. We can provide guidance on this, however you are advised to seek your own independent tax advice in this regard. At the time of publishing this guide the VAT rate is 20%. This means that in most circumstances 20% VAT will be added to the fee quoted.
OTHER COSTS THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN OUR FEE GUIDE:
Any costs which we may incur on your behalf are not included in our professional fees. These can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Payments made to the Home Office on your behalf, such as application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge, submission costs
- Payments made to the UKVI on your behalf, such as application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge, submission costs etc
- Payments made to third parties on your behalf, such as HM Revenue & Customs, HM Passport Office or to the Land Registry
- Counsel’s fees. In the event of us seeking the advice or involvement of a Barrister (Counsel) you will be liable for their fees which vary depending on seniority. We will discuss with you options and costs in relation to Counsel before instructing them on your behalf and we shall keep you informed of the fees of any barristers that are instructed in your matter; In many cases it will be possible to agree fixed fees with Barristers on your behalf and we will always strive to negotiate the best and fairest possible fee for our clients.
- Preparing Schedules of Absences from the UK;
- Fees payable to Courts or Tribunals;
- External Translation fees;
- Costs of Experts or Agents instructed on your behalf
- Non routine postage charges & courier charges;
- Travel and meeting expenses.
Rarely will may also need to charge for other services that we must provide on your behalf. These can include:
- Photocopying and print room services;
- Bank charges;
- Document Certification Fees;
- In-house Translation Fees; In the event that any translation work is required to be done on your matter, in-house translation work will be charged at an hourly rate of £65.00 plus VAT per hour and £85.00 plus VAT per hour for any translation done outside of our normal working hours;
- If you require us to attend with you at the Home Office’s Public Enquiry Office or Overseas Visitors Records Office (for Police Registration) in the UK we would apply a one off fee for that additional service of £400 plus any travel fare that may be required for locations outside the M25.
When considering this guide please bear in mind that individual circumstances can affect the fee that applies to your case. Some applicants may require a combination of two or more of the services quoted and some applicants can have very straightforward matters, in which case a reduction on the estimates quoted will always be provided. However what you can be certain of is that we will always assess your matter at an initial consultation meeting and once we have a good knowledge of what needs to be done we will quote you a very fair and reasonable fee in advance of carrying out any work. We strive to ensure that clients are fully aware of the fees that their matter will attract in advance of starting and at regular intervals during the work, where relevant.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICES IN THE GUIDE
The following information represents our professional fees; this means that these are the fees that we would normally charge for the legal work that our firm will undertake on your case.
Every case is different. When you are quoted a fee you will also be told what that fee includes. As a general rule, the fee quoted will involve all the work relevant to that particular area of law including advising you about the law and procedures, preparing the application for submission, liaising with you and third parties and generally dealing with the matter until a decision is reached on the application. Depending on what type of decision is made, there may be a separate fee applicable to additional work beyond that stage.
ESTIMATES AND QUOTATIONS
We are able to offer fixed fees for the majority of the work that we provide and these are indicated in this guide. A fixed fee is an agreed fee, which will not be varied up or down, and is not dependant on the application being successful. As stated above though VAT and disbursements would be added to any fixed fee that you are quoted. In the unlikely event of your instructions being withdrawn prior to the submission of the application, the fixed fee, together with any disbursements and expenses, will remain payable in full.
Occasionally we may need to quote you an hourly rate. This tends to apply in the most complex matters as well as sometime in the most straightforward matters. Often you may find that an hourly rate works out far cheaper for you in the more straightforward matters and we like to pass that saving on to our clients. Our hourly rate depends on the seniority of the person doing your work.
|Consultants||£250 – £275|
|Paralegals||£150 – £200|
|Translators||£65 – £85|
At the start of your matter, we will provide an estimate of how many hours we expect to spend working on your matter and we will give you an estimation of the cost. It is often difficult to accurately predict the costs of a case where we charge by the hour as this can vary depending on new information, underlining issues, complexity of the matter etc. When this happens we will try to provide you with estimates for each stage.
An indicative fee range or estimate operates as a guide and not a cap. This means that you must not consider them to be maximum or fixed-fee quotations.
If all of this seems daunting, don’t worry. We take this issue seriously and we will always strive to make sure that we are as candid and open as possible about the real fees that you are likely to end up paying us. We are not in the business of surprising clients with huge unexpected legal bills. We strive to keep clients happy throughout their work with us and part of that process is making sure that clients know what they are likely to be paying us. We will always give you the best information we can about the likely overall cost of the matter at the outset and at other appropriate times during the work.
Please note, if you are charged an hourly rate, we charge for our time in 6-minute increments. This means that the hourly rate is divided by 10 and you get charged for each 6 minute increment that we spend on your work. That way you will only pay for the time that we actually are involved in the work and nothing more. We use a complex set of timekeeping software and timers to make sure that we always calculate these times accurately.
A GUIDE TO OUR FEES
We have set out this guide as simply as possible, explaining the applications with as little legal jargon as possible, but still retaining the descriptions of the applications used by the Home Office for ease of reference. Please note that you must always seek legal advice to determine whether or not you are eligible to make an application in any of the categories set out below.
|Type of Case||Guideline Fees|
|Initial Consultation||£240.00 (price of consultation may be deducted from professional fees if the matter proceeds beyond a consultation)|
Applying to reside in the UK on the basis of investing either £2,000,000, £5,000,000, £10,000,000 or more in UK government bonds,
share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.
|Tier 1 (Investor) – Entry Clearance||£20,000 – £35,000|
|Tier 1 (Investor) – In-Country Switch||£15,000|
|Tier 1 (Investor) – Extension||£5,000|
|Tier 1 (Investor) – Indefinite Leave to Remain||£6,500|
Applying to reside in the UK on the basis of wanting to set up or run a business in the UK and having access to either at least £50,000 or £200,000.
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Entry Clearance||£5,000 – £10,000|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – In-Country Switch||£5,000 – £10,000|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Extension||£5,000|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Indefinite Leave to Remain||£6,000|
Entrepreneur applications for Graduates
Available to graduates identified by Higher Education Institutions as having developed genuine and credible
business ideas and entrepreneurial skills to establish one or more businesses in the UK.
|Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)||£5,000|
| Students – over 16 years old
Available to students who have been offered an unconditional offer for a course at the required level by an
education provider, who is recognised as a Tier 4 Sponsor by the Home Office.
|Tier 4 (General) Student||£2,500|
Students – aged between 4 – 17 years old
Available to students who have been offered a place on a course at an independent school in the UK
|Tier 4 (Child) Student – Entry Clearance||£1,500 – £2,000|
|Tier 4 (Child) Student – In-Country Switch||£1,500 – £2,000|
|Tier 4 (Child) Student – Extension||£1,500 – £2,000|
|Parent of a Child at School||£2,000 – £3,000|
Individuals from participating countries
Available to sponsored young people (aged 18 – 30 years old) from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the UK.
|Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Temporary Migrants
– Entry Clearance
Family members of applicants under the Points-Based-System
Applying with or to join a family member who is making an application/ already granted with a visa under the Points-Based-System (PBS).
|PBS Dependant Entry Clearance||£750 for first dependant
£500 for each additional dependant applying
|PBS Dependant In-Country Switch||As above|
|PBS Dependant Extension||As above|
|PBS Dependant Indefinite Leave to Remain||As above|
Adult who is cared for by a relative in the UK
Available to adult applicants who require long-term care from a family member who is living permanently in the UK
|Adult Dependant Relative – Discretionary||£4,000|
Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – indefinite leave
Available to those who hold settled status (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK. You can apply for a BRP to replace the
visa held within your passport.
|No Time Limit Application||£600|
Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – limited leave
People who have limited leave endorsed in a passport that is lost, stolen, damaged or due to expire can have their leave transferred to a BRP.
|Transfer of Conditions||£600|
BRP is lost or stolen
You can report your BRP lost or stolen from inside or outside the UK. You can only order a replacement from inside the UK.
|BRP Replacement||£750 – £1,000|
Visiting the UK
If you are visiting the UK for any purpose (such as leisure or business), you may require a visit visa to enter the UK.
|Visit Visa||£900 – £1,700|
|Visit Visa Complex||£1,500 – £4,000|
Residing in the UK as an European Economic Area (EEA) national or family member of an EEA national
|EEA Family Permit
Available if you are a family member
of an EEA national wanting to enter the UK
|£1,500 – £2,500
|EEA Registration Certificate
Available for EEA nationals currently residing
in the UK to confirm status in the UK
|EEA Residence Card
Available to family members of an EEA
national to confirm status in the UK
|£1,500 – £2,500
|EEA Permanent Residence (PR)
Available to EEA nationals or family
members of EEA nationals who have
been residing in the UK for 5
|£1,500 – £2,500
|EEA PR + Nationality + Passport||£4,000|
Settlement under Immigration Rules
|10 Year Lawful Residence
Available to applicants who have been
living legally in the UK for 10 continuous years
£2,000 – £5,000
Becoming a British Citizen
For applicants who want to obtain British nationality.
|Naturalise as British Citizen 6(1)
Available to individuals who have already
obtained settled status in the UK (either
Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave
to Remain) and held it for 12 months
|Naturalise as British Citizen 6(2)
Available to individuals who have already
obtained settled status in the UK (either
Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave
to Remain) and are married to a British Citizen
|Nationality plus passport||£2,500|
For individuals who do not meet all requirements
|£3,000 or Hourly-rated|
|Register a Child as a British Citizen
Available to children under 18 years old who
wish to obtain British nationality
| Family members of British Citizens
Available for those who are family members of British
citizens who wish to reside in the UK on this basis.
|Appendix FM – Entry Clearance||£2,500 – £5,000|
|Appendix FM – In Country Switch||£2,000 – £5,000|
|Appendix FM – Extension||£1,800 – £4,000|
|Appendix FM – Indefinite Leave to Remain
|£2,000 – £4,000|
|First British Passport Application||£500|
|Discretionary Passport||Hourly rate|
|Working in the UK|
| Tier 2 (General)
Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a skilled job in the UK
|Tier 2 (General) Entry Clearance||£1,200 – £1,500|
|Tier 2 (General) Leave to Remain||£1,200|
|Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant
Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a role in a UK branch from their overseas employer
|Tier 2 (ICT) Entry Clearance||£1,200 – £1,500|
|Tier 2 (ICT) Leave to Remain||£1,200|
|Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain
Only available to Tier 2 General, Sportsperson or
Minister of Religion migrants who have spent a
continuous period of 5 years in the UK
|Tier 5 (GAE)
Available to applicants who want to come
to the UK for a short time for work experience
or undertake training
Available to applicants who are the representative of
an overseas company and plan to set up a UK branch/ subsidiary
Also available for employees of a news agency on a
long-term assignment to the UK
|Response to Illegal Worker Notice
Applicable to clients who have been notified by the Home Office
that they have employed or are currently employing a person
who does not have the right to work in the UK
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
Available to applicants who are a recognised leader in their field of expertise
If the information that you seek is not listed here, please contact us with some details of your matter and we will get back to you with a fee estimate.
Please bear in mind that once a fee is quoted from the very start of your matter we will provide you with a Client Care Letter, which sets out the work which you have instructed us to undertake and the anticipated cost, as well as any other costs that we expect will be associated with your application. If you have any questions at all about that letter we will happily carefully explain the various steps and how the total costs have been calculated. We don’t charge for time spent explaining the client care letter to you. Once you have received our letter, if you agree with our terms, you will be asked to return a signed copy of the letter to us as confirmation of your acceptance.
We will always write to you at the start of the matter setting out exactly what we are going to do for you. However as an additional guide the following service will usually be included in any fixed fee that you are quoted:
- Discussing your circumstances in detail with you and advising you and reaching agreement as to which is the most suitable application for you and what other options may be available to you;
- Providing you with advice and assistance about the relevant requirements and procedures of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet those criteria;
- For those who do not have the required circumstance and criteria, assessing how (if at all) this can be overcome, and the likely time and cost involved in this;
- Considering the supporting evidence you provide and advising you on what else is required and how to go about obtaining it
- Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records, the opinions of experts or your previous immigration history by means of a Subject Access Request). Please bear in mind that sometimes if there is a lot of additional work to be done this can affect the price you were quoted;
- Preparing your application and submitting the application on your behalf.
- For entry clearance applicants we will always assist in obtaining and booking your appointment to attend the visa processing centre in your own country;
- Keeping you updated as to the progress of your matter generally;
- Providing up to one hour of advice on the outcome of your application and what alternative steps might be open to you in the event that the application was not successful
In many cases we may be able to pay an instalment plan for the payment of our fees. These instalment arrangements are at our discretion solely and we will always work to accommodate you and your finances. However it is a condition of all plans that full payment must be received before any application is submitted. If an instalment plan is agreed with you, this will always be confirmed by us in writing.
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