Fees for Immigration Matters

We understand that fees remain a big consideration for most clients as they want to know the potential cost in order to make an informed decision regarding whether to proceed or not. We therefore strive to provide clear fee estimation from the onset while adopting a transparent fee policy. No fees will be incurred on your behalf without your consent.

Our charges, like those of all solicitors, are based on a number of different factors. These include the time spent, the skills, specialised knowledge and responsibility required of the members of the firm handling the matter, the complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out.

The most important of these factors is the amount of time spent by members of the firm in dealing with your case. All such time spent is recorded in 6-minute units and charged at an hourly rate based upon the seniority and experience of the person undertaking the work. Our charges will also explain the experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work, and of their supervisors; a description of, and the cost of, any likely disbursements, and where the actual cost of a disbursement is not known, the average cost or range of costs.

Current hourly rates of our staff are set out below:

Grade A: Solicitors/legal executives with over 8 years’ experience – £300 plus VAT (20%)

Grade B: Solicitors/legal executives with over 4 years’ experience – £250.00 plus VAT (20%)

Grade C: Solicitors/legal executives /fee earners of equivalent experience – £200.00 to £220.00 plus VAT (20%)

Grade D: Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners – £140.00 plus VAT (20%)

We also offer one-off fixed/agreed fees for advice and assistance. The costs will be agreed before we commence work.

Consultation Fees

Our standard consultation fee is £100, plus VAT (20%), for a one-hour consultation. We will inform you if VAT is not applicable in your case, for example, if you are not a resident in the UK or if you entered the country without permission. During consultation, we will endeavour to establish the full details of your matter and take your full instruction. We will advise you on the options available to you and provide a cost-benefit analysis of these options. You will also have time to ask any questions that you may have about your matter and our advice.

We cannot offer legal advice over the phone or by email prior to being formally engaged as your legal representative, but our solicitors and legal consultants are happy to understand your matter over the phone/ by email and offer a consultation if it is required.

 

Fixed Fees

In many cases, once we have reviewed your situation, we will be able to fix the costs of your case. This means that we will charge you a fixed fee for your case, even if the work on your application takes longer than anticipated, provided that there are no unforeseen complications or significant changes to your instructions. The fixed fee will not include any disbursements, such as Home Office fees or VAT (20%). If the matter is terminated before completion (for example if you are unable to provide documents requested or you withdraw your instructions) we will charge for the time spent at our usual hourly rates plus VAT (20%).  Any additional work required outside the scope of the fixed fee will be charged on an hourly basis plus VAT (20%) unless otherwise agreed. If such work is required, we will inform you and provide an estimate.

 

Disbursements 

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

The exact amount you pay depends on the length of the visa you are given. A visa may last longer than your course of study or period of employment. No VAT is applicable on the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Cost for a year

You will have to pay:

  • £776 per year for students, their dependants, and those on a Youth Mobility Scheme visa, for example £1,552 for a 2-year visa
  • £776 per year for visa and immigration applicants who are under the age of 18 at time of application
  • £1,035 per year for all other visa and immigration applications, for example £3,105 for a 3-year visa

Cost for part of a year

The amount you have to pay depends on the length of the visa you are given and where you apply from.

6 months or less

You do not need to pay the surcharge if you are applying from outside the UK for 6 months or less.

If you are applying from inside the UK, you will have to pay half the yearly cost. For example:

  • £388 for students, their dependants, Youth Mobility Scheme or under-18 applications
  • £517.50 for any other application

More than 6 months but less than one year

Wherever you apply from, you will have to pay the cost of a full year.

Cost for more than one year

If your visa is for more than a year, you will have to pay:

  • the yearly cost plus half the yearly cost, if it is for 18 months or less
  • the cost of 2 full years, if it is for more than 18 months but less than 2 years

Paying for dependants

Dependants aged 18 or over usually need to pay the same amount as you.

 

UKVCAS Fee

When you apply for a visa, settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) or citizenship in the UK, you will usually need to use UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) to provide:

  • your biometric information (fingerprints and photo)
  • supporting documents for your application

You will be told if you need to use UKVCAS when you apply.

If you are applying from within the UK, you will give these biometrics at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) Service Point. This biometrics enrolment process is managed by the private company Sopra Steria.

When you pay for your application fees you will be directed to book an appointment through the UKVCAS online portal. This appointment will be where you give your biometrics. The appointment can be booked at any of the UKVCAS service points across the UK. All UKVCAS Service Points (except the Premium Lounge) offers a mix of free and chargeable appointments. The fee for chargeable appointments varies and could be between £85 to £285. The fee is inclusive of VAT (20%).

Service point locations and costs

You can only attend a service point if you have an appointment.

How much you pay depends on the type of service point and whether you need extra services.

You can pay extra for:

  • out of hours or weekend appointments
  • next day or same day appointments if your application is urgent
  • extra services, for example document translation or an interpreter

All UKVCAS fees include VAT (20%). For detailed information on extra fees and services, check the UKVCAS website here. [https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/additional-services]

 

Specific applications, appeals, judicial reviews, administrative reviews

For fees on Applications for Naturalisation or Registration as a British citizen – Click Here

For fees on Applications on behalf of European Economic Area nationals and their family members – Click Here

For fees on Student visa applications – Click Here

For fees on Skilled Worker Applications – Click Here

For fees on Visit Visa Applications – Click Here

For fees on Partner applications, including spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, fiancées, prospective civil partners and various applications under human rights and outside of immigration rules – Click Here

For fees on other applications, such as settlement application on the basis of long residence, as a partner or as a skilled worker migrant – Click Here

For fees on Immigration Appeals – Click Here

For fees on Administrative Reviews – Click Here

For fees on Judicial Reviews – Click Here

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