Overview

In accordance with SRA requirements on pricing transparency, we set out below our approach to fees for the preparation and submission of immigration applications for individual clients. The figures below are indicative only and we will provide a bespoke fee estimate (which could be less or more depending on our level of involvement/the client objectives) for any specific matter upon which we are instructed. We are open to discussing a range of different charging models with clients and our approach is to provide value and create efficiencies for our client, whichever fee model we agree upon.

The fees set out below are exclusive of VAT at 20%, which will be charged where applicable. They also exclude disbursements, such as Counsel’s fees and Home Office fees (see further detail below).

As a broad guide, our fees will depend on the complexity of the issues involved. and will typically fall within the following bands:

Type of service Fees
Consultation (individual clients to discuss options and process requirements for a specific immigration pathway, or general immigration advice) £350 to £450
Tier 1 (Investor) £7,500 to £12,500
Representative of an Overseas Business Visa £4,500 to £6,500
Skilled Worker Application £1,250 to £1,750
Student Visa £1,250 to £1,750
Points based dependant visa £750 to £1,250
EU Settlement Scheme (late application) £1,500 to £2,000
Family-based applications £3,500 to £5,000
Visitor visas £1,500 to £2,500
Applications for indefinite leave to remain (points-based) £2,500 to £7,500
Applications for indefinite leave to remain (non-points based) £3,500 to £7,500
Ancestry visa £2,500 to £3,500
Global Talent Visa £4,000 to £6,000
Start-up Visa £2,500 to £4,000
Innovator Visa £3,500 to £5,000
Graduate Immigration Route £1,500 to £2,500
Administrative Review £1,500 to £3,500
First-tier Tribunal Appeals £7,500 to £15,000

Hourly rates

Hourly rates:

Partner £400 to £500 plus VAT (£480 to £600 including VAT)

Associate/Senior Associate £235 to £450 plus VAT (£282 to £540 including VAT)

If the advice and assistance you require does not fall within the above-categories, or the advice you require is complex, we will charge this advice at an hourly rate (above).

The fees exclude Home Office Fees, Immigration Skills Charge, Immigration Health Surcharge or any other disbursements (such as translation fees). The current list of Home Office fees can be found at: UK visa fees – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Case complexity

There are certain factors that could make a case more complex – for example:

  • Whether it is a first-time applicant or extension,
  • If there are multiple dependents (e.g., several children)
  • The number of supporting documents or witnesses
  • If the instruction requires a possible attendance at a Home Office interview
  • The applicant has prior criminal or civil convictions
  • The applicant has had immigration-related issues (either in the UK or abroad)
  • The matter is to be dealt on an expedited basis
  • The applicant does not meet the standard eligibility or suitability rules, or relies on an exemption (either within or outside the immigration rules)
  • The matter is otherwise complex because of the amount of evidence provided (for example, where there are more than 20 documents to be submitted)

What are the key stages?

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits of your application and likely outcome (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Preparing the initial document checklist, and any questionnaire (if appropriate)
  • Liaising with you, and the Home Office (if appropriate) to complete your application
  • Reviewing and finalising your application, including the prescribed set of supporting documents
  • Submitting your online application, and uploading these to the UKVCAS, TLSContact or VFS portal
  • Assisting and advising on booking a biometric enrolment appointment
  • Advising on the final outcome of the application

Our fees do not include any substantive advice after a decision on your application is received, except advising on the final outcome and its implications.

How long will it take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on type of your application. Most in-country Home Office applications have a standard processing time of 15 working days (except for some applications which can take 6 months), after the submission of biometric enrolment. This can be expedited to 1 to 5 working days by paying an expedited fee to the Home Office. Out of country applications vary between 1 working day to 6 months after the biometric appointment, depending on the availability of expedited services.

If there is an ongoing delay to securing a biometric enrolment appointment date, this can also extend the timeline for receiving a decision. Most biometric enrolments can be obtained between 1 to 4 weeks after the online application is submitted.

As a part of our instruction, we will advise you of the status, and waiting times for these appointments, and the timescale of your application.

The Home Office processing times can be found here.