Fees on other applications, such as settlement application on the basis of long residence, as a partner or as a skilled worker migrant

On average, these applications take about 5-15 hours and thus we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £800 to £4,000 plus VAT (20%) depending on the seniority of your adviser, complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out.  We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements. The likely disbursements include Home Office visa application fees and UKVCS fee.

The visa application fee is £2,883, and these applications can only be made when you have been in the UK under a qualifying visa category. There is no VAT payable for the Home Office fees.

UKVCAS Fee:

At all UKVCAS Service Points (except the Premium Lounge), a variety of free and chargeable appointments are available. The fee for chargeable appointments includes VAT (20%) and varies between £85 and £285.

Basis of Fixed Fee

The fixed fee range is determined by the complexity of the case, which includes a review of the client’s immigration history. This review takes into account whether the client has exceeded the total allowed days of absence during their qualifying residency period, involving a careful calculation of the total number of days spent outside the UK. The fee also depends on the route the client has taken to complete their five or ten-year continuous residency. Additionally, it considers the complexity and volume of evidence provided in support of the application.

 

Further information about Home Office fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found HERE and HERE.

https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees-31-january-2024

 

Notes on additional costs

The cost of your matter may increase due to factors such as the unavailability of necessary paperwork or the presence of missing or incorrect information requiring investigation and correction. Delays arising from third parties not promptly responding to our communications can also contribute to additional costs. In the event of complications, we will promptly discuss them with you and mutually agree on the fee for any additional work before proceeding. It is important to emphasise that each case is unique, and we encourage individuals to reach out to us for a personalised fee estimate based on their specific situation.

 

Notes on additional disbursements costs

Apart from the mentioned disbursements such as the Home Office application fee, Immigration Health Surcharge, and UKVCS fee, certain applications may involve extra expenses. These can include charges for translation services, interpreter fees, and medical or expert reports.

Translation expenses: For document translation, fees for translators can differ, generally falling between £90 to £109 per 1000 words. This is contingent on the language and complexity of the texts. The figure excludes the VAT (20%), and inclusion of a 20% VAT may apply, depending on the individual circumstances.

Interpreter charges: Interpreters’ fees can vary, typically ranging from £25 to £150 per hour, encompassing travel time. The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT depends on the individual circumstances.

Medical or expert reports: Fees for experts providing medical or specialised reports can vary widely, usually spanning from £750 to £5,000. The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT is subject to the individual circumstances.

Important notes on VAT

All our fees and disbursements (except court fees, application fees, and Immigration Health Surcharge) are subject to 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). However, if your usual place of residence is not the UK, then VAT will not be applicable for your case. Examples where VAT does not apply include, visit visa applications, any immigration application made from outside the UK, where you have entered into the UK without leave and you still are without a leave.

Furthermore, it is important to note that when you require a service from a third-party company, such as the one handling the translation of documents, interpretation, or the provision of medical/expert reports, it may not be registered for VAT in the UK. In such cases, VAT will not be charged for your specific case. We will confirm whether VAT is payable when you instruct us, and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

 

What services are included?

The work will depend on the matter and complexity of the instructions, typically involving:

  • Taking your initial instructions and discussing particular circumstances in detail, confirming whether this is the most appropriate application to make and exploring other available options.
  • Providing advice about the requirements of the relevant rules and how you currently (or can) meet the criteria.
  • Offering details of the evidence required to support the application and explaining the application process.
  • Considering the supporting evidence provided and drafting the application form.
  • Where necessary, assisting in obtaining further evidence, including bank letters, bank statements, etc.
  • Preparing the application for submission, including booking your appointment to submit your biometrics and application bundle.
  • Drafting a detailed letter of representation setting out how you meet the requirements.
  • Providing advice and instructions regarding the submission of your application and assisting in preparing for an interview (if required).
  • Offering advice about the outcome of the application and providing instructions for complying with your immigration conditions.

 

How long will my case take to be processed by us?

We will normally be able to prepare and submit the UK visa and immigration applications within 1-4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this. The time taken to prepare your application will depend on the complexity of your case and how quickly we receive the required supporting evidence from you.

Home Office processing times and possible delays:

The current processing times for most applications stand at 8 weeks after you have submitted your application and attended your biometric appointment at a visa service centre.

It is important to note that we cannot guarantee the exact duration the Home Office will take to process your application. The processing time varies based on factors such as the type of visa, your location, and the service type. Here are situations where you might experience a longer processing time:

  • Inaccurate or further consideration needed – if the information in your application is not accurate or requires additional consideration.
  • Need for additional evidence – if you need to provide further evidence, such as proof of funds.
  • Verification of supporting documents – if there’s a need to verify your supporting documents.
  • Requirement for an interview – if the applicant is required to attend an interview.
  • Further information on personal circumstances – if additional information is needed regarding your personal circumstances, especially if there is a criminal conviction.
  • Increased Visa Demand: During periods of heightened visa demand, processing times may be extended.

However, for those seeking an expedited decision on their visa or settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) application, there are options available for a quicker processing time. Opting for the ‘priority service’ generally ensures a decision within 5 working days, although Family visa applications from outside the UK may take up to 30 working days. Alternatively, the ‘super priority service’ expedites the process even further, typically providing a decision by the end of the next working day. However, if the Home Office requires additional information, the decision may be delayed.

Eligible applicants can choose the ‘priority service’ for an additional fee of £500, while the ‘super priority service’ comes at a cost of £1,000, in addition to the standard application fee. Priority service and super priority service fees are not subject to VAT.