Fees For Immigration

Personal Immigration

Hourly Rate: Ranging between £165.00 – £275.00

The immigration applications and appeals involve on average 4 to 15 hours of work depending on the complexity of the matter. This means on average costs are between £1200.00 (lower end for straightforward applications) and £4,500.00 (top end for most complex applications and appeals). The afore-said figures are exclusive of VAT which will be on top of our fees, and the current rate of VAT is 20% as set out by the Government. If it changes, we will notify you in writing.
The amount of actual time that is going to be spent on your matter and our legal fee to be charged will depend on the circumstances of your case.
Contained below is a summary of the circumstances which will define the time to be spent and the legal fee to be charged in your matter:
• Whether you have a straight-forward case or you have a history of refused applications/ appeals;
• What amount of supporting evidence is to be reviewed and to be adduced in support of your application/ appeal;
• Whether you are able to give evidence in English or you will need the assistance of an interpreter in terms of giving instructions to us;
• How many witnesses will be giving evidence in support of your case.
If you meet the entire requirements of the rules and you have all the required supporting evidence in order, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of the range as mentioned.

Initial Consultation

We provide half an hour of an initial free consultation which does not include checking upon your documents. It is just a free advice session to discuss your immigration needs and to provide you with a brief summary of the process involved in your proposed immigration matter.
Beyond the initial free consultation of half an hour, our charges for the initial consultation are in the range of £250.00 + VAT to £400 + VAT, depending on the complexity of your matter. The rate of VAT is currently 20%. Initial consultations can cover up to an hour to an hour and a half within the mentioned price range. If the initial consultation is likely to go beyond 90 minutes, then the cost can be more, which will be advised to you in writing.
The exact cost of our initial consultation would depend on various circumstances including but not limited to:
• The number of case documents that we may need to review within our initial meeting with you.
• How many family members are applying with you and what is their current location and status if they are already in the UK.
• Your and your family members’ immigration history in the UK.
• A brief overview and discussion of your circumstances and thereby to decide the most appropriate application for you and your dependents.
• The criteria and the requirements that you need to fulfil for the most appropriate application and whether you fulfil that criterion.

Disbursements in Immigration Applications & Appeals

Disbursements are fees/costs which are paid to third parties on your behalf, such as visa fees to the Home Office, appeal fees to the courts/tribunals and/or expert fees if one is to be engaged in your case.
We handle on your behalf all payments to third parties to ensure unnecessary interruptions are not caused.
The most common disbursements arising in immigration matters are outlined below for illustration purposes:
• If required, interpreters’ fees are charged on average between £100 – £150 per hour plus VAT (if the interpreter engaged in your matter is VAT registered).
• Barristers/Counsels’ fees are typical disbursements that are incurred quite commonly in most immigration appeals. Counsels are specialist advocates who regularly appear in Higher Courts and Immigration Appeal Tribunals. If a barrister is required to be engaged, the usual charges of immigration barristers are between £250.00 to £350.00 per hour, depending on the experience and seniority of the barrister.
• If the case requires the engagement of Independent Experts, such as Country Experts, Medical Experts, then their fees are to be paid separately from our fees and a fee estimate is obtained and communicated directly to all clients before the experts are engaged or their fees become payable/paid.
There may be some additional disbursements becoming necessary in a particular matter, which are not specified here, but when becoming necessary, will always be discussed, and agreed upon before any liabilities are incurred.

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Likely Timescales

Entry Clearance Applications

The general turnaround time for applications involving family life is around 10 to 12 weeks. Urgent consideration of applications is available at some British overseas posts with payment of extra fee and to have the application considered within 4 weeks.
The visit visa applications including family visit visas and business visits are normally considered within 3 to 4 weeks.

In-Country Clearance Applications

Leave to remain applications are normally concluded within 8 to 12 weeks bracket. Different levels of services are now available at commercial partners of the home office including having the application considered same-day or generally ahead of the queue of pending applications.

Work involved in an immigration application/appeal

The following work is likely to be incurred in your immigration application/appeal matter:
• Discussion of your and your dependents’ circumstances at the initial meeting;
• Our initial advice about the relevant Immigration Rules and your ability to meet the rules in their entirety;
• If you do not fulfil some or all applicable requirements of the rules, what alternative options or arguments are available in your case.
• What factors are involved in your case to support the alternative/special arguments to justify your case to be an exception to the general rule.
• An overview of the supporting evidence that is available to you to support your case.
• Discussion on what other supporting evidence will be required to support/strengthen your case.
• Counting on the number of witnesses available to give evidence and thereby to draft their witness statements.
• Whether an expert evidence/opinion is required to support your case.
• Drafting your application, statements of case and thereby submitting the application to the Home Office.
• Upon receipt of the outcome, to discuss if any further steps are necessary such as appeal work in case of a refused application.