We offer consultations for a fixed fee of £350, plus VAT. This will typically involve meeting with you either in person or on a call to review the facts of your circumstances and advise you how best to proceed to achieve your UK immigration goals, or the options available to you. We may sometimes recommend that we do further research before we can make any definite recommendations; any further research is charged on an hourly rate.
Fixed fees and hourly rates
We will usually agree with you a fixed fee for assisting with an immigration application – see table below.
When we are instructed on an hourly rate basis we try to give you a full estimate at the outset. If we assist you an hourly rate basis, the fees will be calculated on the basis of the time we spend working on your matter at these rates:
- Partner/Solicitor £300 per hour (+ VAT)
- Paralegals £100 per hour (+VAT)
Our typical fixed fee ranges for immigration applications for one person (all fees are exclusive of VAT, unless this is not chargeable, and of government fees or other costs):
|Application Type||Typical fixed fee / range|
|Skilled Worker or Intra-Company Transfer||£1,200 – £3,000|
|Global Talent (including endorsement application)||£5,000|
|Tier 1 (Investor)||£8,000 – £20,000|
|Tier 1 (Enterpreneur) (extensions or ILR)||£8,000 – £20,000|
|Startup or Innovator||£2,000 – £5,000|
|UK ancestry||£1,500 – £2,000|
|Representative of an overseas business||£3,000 – £4,000|
|Visitor (including for business or to visit family in the UK)||£1,000 – £2,500|
|Tier 4 Student||£1,500 – £3,000|
|Partner of a British citizen/settled person||£2,000 – £4,000|
|Child of a British citizen/settled person||£2,000 – £4,000|
|Parent of a child of a British citizen/settled person||£2,000 – £4,000|
|Naturalisation or Registration as a British citizen||£2,000 – £10,000|
We are also happy to agree fixed fees for other types of work, such as Tiers 2 and 5 sponsor licence matters, and administrative reviews, appeals and judicial reviews. These fixed fees will be based on the estimated time to completion of the matter, based on our hourly rate of £300 per hour, plus VAT. They will depend on the particular circumstances of the client, but the factors which are relevant to the level of these fees are similar to those listed below for immigration applications.
When a lower end fixed fee will apply
Fees at the lower end of our range of fees are more likely to apply to a standard application, and will include:
- meeting you or speaking on the phone to take detailed instructions
- advising you on the appropriate immigration application in your circumstances, and whether your application meets the legal requirements
- considering relevant documents
- advising on the relevant application process
- preparing and assisting with the submission of your application, including completing the relevant application form and requesting and reviewing or drafting relevant documents
- advising you on timelines and the outcome of the application
- liaising with the UKVI about your application, including writing a cover letter for your application
When a higher end fixed fee will apply
Our fixed fees may be higher where one or more of these or other factors make the matter more complicated than a standard application:
- if practical aspects to your application will require additional work, such as:
- where you travel frequently
- Where there are relevant parties in different countries
- where there is a requirement for urgent/expedited assistance
- if it is a fast tracked/priority service
- if aspects of your case are legally or factually complex/do not clearly meet the requirements of the relevant law
- if you have a complex immigration history/you are an overstayer/have a criminal record the number of support documents/statements/letters needed
- if expert evidence is required, and we will liaise with an expert and review reports
- if the application will require our personal attendance, such as at a UKVI interview or application centre
- if there are dependants, their number and if there are any complicating factors about their applications
- if a partner is an unmarried partner, as additional evidence of cohabitation will be required
- bespoke additional services agreed on a case by case basis
Services not included in any fixed fee
Unless we confirm otherwise, our fixed fee will not include:
- assistance with document procurement from overseas authorities
- advice on whether there are any tax or other fiscal implications of the work
- advice on whether an application may have any implications for other citizenships
- any work after an application is submitted other than advice on a successful outcome, in particular:
- advice and assistance with any rejection or refusal of an application
- dealing with non-standard requests for additional documents or further information from the UKVI
Other costs that may also apply
In most applications, the main additional costs will be:
- Government (UKVI) application fees, including the Immigration Health Surcharge where relevant, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table. You will pay these fees to the UKVI directly as part of the application process
- third party application processing costs, including priority processing charges:
- interpreters and translation costs
- copying/scanning and postage fees. When we are scanning/ copying a large number of documents for you, we will make a one-off administrative charge of £50 to cover our costs.
- postage costs
- travel costs
- 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
- where the UKVI refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal or review available.
Where VAT is applicable, this will be charged at 20%.
How long will an application take?
The time taken to submit your application will depend on your particular circumstances, and we will confirm the relevant time frames to you.
UKVI decision-making times depend on the type of application, where it is submitted, and whether any priority services are used, as well as other factors. Standard processing times are published by the UKVI:
- for immigration applications submitted from outside the UK, on their Visa Processing Times tool: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times
- for immigration applications submitted in the UK, in the relevant category guide: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration
We will normally be able to submit in-country applications within two to three months of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.
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.
Who will be carrying out the work: team qualifications and experience
Work on your case will be carried out by a solicitor, with the assistance of paralegals. Information on the team members can be found on the team page.