Legal Fees for Immigration Applications
We have set out below our average fee estimates for some of the most common types of applications. These fees are calculated by reference to our hourly rates which vary depending upon the experience of the solicitor carrying out the work. They typically range between £200 for a Partner and a Solicitor with over 8 years post qualification experience, £177 for a Solicitor and Legal Executives with over 4 years post qualification experience, £146 for Other Solicitors and Legal Executives and fee earners of equivalent experience and £111 for Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals and other fee earners.
The exact cost will depend on the particular circumstances of your case. If the application is straightforward it is likely that the fees will be at the lower end of the fee estimate. Where the application is more complicated then the fees may reach the upper end of the fee estimate or in some cases maybe more.
The people working on your case and how that impacts the fee estimate will be discussed with you at the start of ant matter.
Our legal fees
Please note our fees exclude VAT. We will discuss with you at the start of your case if any VAT is to be paid and the amount.
Application Fee estimate
Civil Penalty Notice challenge £1,500 – £3,500
Sponsorship Licence advice £1,500 – £3,000
EEA Nationals / Family Members registration certificate £500 – £1,500
EEA Nationals / Family Members permanent residence £1,000 – £3,000
EEA Nationals / Family Members residence card £1,000 – £3,000
British Naturalisation £500 – £2,500
Indefinite Leave to Remain £800 – £2,500
Visitors visa £1,000 – £3,000
Spouse & Partner applications £1,000 – £3,000
Long residence £1,000 – £3,500
The following costs are not included within our fee estimate and are payable to third parties such as the Home Office. We will handle the payment of these additional costs on your behalf unless you pay these direct.
The additional costs payable to third parties can include:
- Any Home Office and official fees for making your application. These fees will be different depending upon the type of your application.
- Advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
- Fees for independent witnesses.
- Fees for independent expert witnesses.
- Interpreter fees which vary depending on what language you speak and the time spent with the interpreter. There may be no need to instruct an interpreter if you have someone who can help you free of charge.
- Official translation fees which again vary depending on the language and the number of documents which need to be translated.
What services are included
The work will involve:
- discussing your circumstances in detail and advising on the Immigration Rules and your eligibility in relation to the relevant application.
- considering whether any other options are available to you.
- completing the application documentation.
- providing you with a comprehensive checklist outlining what documents are required in support of your application.
- reviewing supporting documentation provided by you and advising if additional evidence is required.
- preparing a covering letter containing legal submissions in support of your application and submitting the application on your behalf.
- preparing further template documentation where required.
- coordinating Home Office application appointments where necessary.
- liaising with the Home Office in relation to your application if the need arises.
- giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
Factors that could make a case more complicate
The following list contains examples of some of the issues that may impact on the cost:
- The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider.
- Whether you have had a previous adverse immigration matter, such as a visa refusal.
- Which language(s) you speak.
- Whether you are applying with dependants and the number of dependants involved.
- How easily you are able to provide all of the supporting evidence.
- How clearly you meet the eligibility criteria for the relevant application.
- The urgency of your case.
- In relationship cases, where you are not married or where there are stepchildren.
How long with the application take
We will normally be able to submit most types of applications within week(s) of instructions received from you provided we have all the necessary documents. In urgent cases we may be able to submit the application sooner.
We are not able to guarantee the process times as this will depend upon the Home Office.