We can help you apply for permission to enter and reside in the United Kingdom, where you otherwise don’t have a right to do so. This is usually referred to as ‘immigration’. You can find out more about immigration here. We specialise in urgent and important immigration matters and as such our service is highly bespoke and will be tailored to your needs. This page gives an example immigration matter and sets out what would be included in such a service. We routinely deal with matters very much more complicated than this example matter. We do not represent clients on appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).
What is included
As a general rule our services in this respect include:
- Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming what is the best application for you to make and any other options available to you.
- Giving you advice about the requirements of the immigration rules, the likely outcome and timescale of your application.
- Advising you what supporting evidence you need to provide and then reviewing it and further advising as to its adequacy.
- Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf,
- If the Home Office asks you to attend an interview, explaining to you what questions you are likely to be asked and the reasons behind such questions so you are prepared to present your case in the best possible manner.
- Discussing the Home Office’s decision with you and introducing what (if any) further action you can take if you are not satisfied with the decision.
What is excluded
The fees set out below would not include any further work, such as:
- Applications for your dependants.
- Attendance at and travel to/from Home Office interviews.
- If the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
What we charge
We charge an hourly rate for our services. The hourly rates of our solicitors vary, as do the number of hours required to apply for a suitable visa. To give you an indication of our likely fees, we set out below example fee estimates for matters of varying complexity.
- Low complexity – from £2,000 to £4,000
- Mid complexity – from £5,000 to £10,000
- High complexity – in excess of £10,000
The following factors will increase the complexity of the matter:
- Our needing to gather a large amount of supporting information.
- Where your application is linked to the applications of others (e.g. your dependants)
- Where your application has been refused previously or if you are challenging a refusal of your application.
In addition to our fees, you will need to budget for the following:
- Fees charged by experts to prepare any necessary reports to support your application. These are typically only required if the application is not straightforward and/or you are challenging a decision to refuse your application.
- Fees charged by barristers to represent you at an appeal hearing or to advise and draft grounds of appeal.
- Where you do not speak perfect English, the fees of an interpreter which are in the region of £100 an hour.
- Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
We would usually discuss these additional third-party costs and services (known as disbursements) with you in advance and incur those costs on your behalf when necessary. You are responsible for these costs, though we would usually handle their payment for you to ensure a smoother process and add these costs to your invoice.
Regrettably we cannot control how long it takes to secure a suitable visa. The process is run by the Home Office which deal with applications in the order in which they are received. The Home Office has published this guidance on its current processing times. This is only an indication and it may take longer to review your application.
We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 4 to 6 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.