This page contains the regulatory information but our legal relationship will be governed by the terms of business that is agreed between the firm and the client.

Immigration work

The preparation and submission of immigration applications under Tier 1 of the Points Based System, including Entrepreneurs, Investors and Exceptional Talent

Our charges typically range from £4,000 to £15,000. 

The preparation and submission of immigration applications under Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 of the Points Based System, including Sponsored Employees, Students and Youth Mobility Workers

Our charges typically range from £1,500 to £4,000.

Applications for European Union/European Economic Area nationals and their family members including applications for permanent residence, residence cards and registration certificates and family permits

Our charges typically range from £1,500 to £3,500.

The preparation and submission of other applications for permission to come to the UK (entry clearance and leave to enter) and permission to stay in the UK (leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain)

Our charges typically range from £1,500 to £7,000.

Applications for Naturalisation or Registration as a British citizen

Our charges typically range from £2,500 to £5,000.

General

All figures are inclusive of VAT unless otherwise stated and are based on our  charges of £190 to £425 per hour (plus VAT at 20%) depending on the level of the fee-earner involved.

For complex or unusual matters we may charge fees that are higher than the top of the range given above.  Factors that may result in a matter being more complex or unusual include, but are not limited to, situations where:

  • The client requires a high degree of advice, care or attention
  • Interpreters are required
  • There are additional family members applying at the same time
  • The client has an adverse immigration history which could include a history of overstaying or breaching the immigration rules or any civil or criminal penalties
  • The application is factually complex or document-heavy
  • Unexpected delays or postponements occur
  • Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal or administrative review

Our fees do not include:

  • Home Office application fees, the Immigration Health Surcharge, biometric enrolment fees and any additional visa services such as expedited service or courier return of documents.  You will pay these directly to the Home Office as part of the application process.  Details of immigration fees can be found on the website of UK Visas.
  • Independent expert reports; e.g. medical reports or TB tests.  These are not required in many cases.  We will let you know as soon as possible if we consider these will be necessary.
  • Translation fees.  Translators fees usually start from £60 inclusive of VAT for translation of a single page of text (with a translator’s certificate of accuracy) and increase on a pro-rata basis.
  • Interpreters fees.  Our clients do not usually require interpreters.  If we consider an interpreter is required we will discuss this with you at an early stage and advise on likely costs.  You may provide your own interpreter if desired.
  • If there is an interview and we attend with you there will be additional disbursements in respect of our travel expenses.

The work will include the following stages:

  • 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
  • Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as bank statements, employer letters and references)
  • Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf
  • Any correspondence with the Home Office regarding your application once it has been submitted
  • Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

The time taken for the preparation and submission of your application will depend on a number of factors such as:

  • the type of application that you are making and the expiry date of any existing immigration status
  • your personal circumstances – such as your current immigration status, your country of residence, any adverse immigration history, if you have received any civil penalties or criminal convictions
  • whether you are applying with other dependents.

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application.  We can direct you to the Home Office website which gives the service standards for your type of application on request.

Who will carry out the work?

Your work may primarily be carried out by any of the solicitors, trainee solicitors or paralegals in the Immigration Team.

Julia Jackson’s hourly rate (excluding VAT) is £425.