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 on the experience of the lawyer carrying out the work. They typically range between £550 for our principal solicitor, £325 – £400 for a solicitor and £195 for work carried out by a paralegal.
The people working on your case and how that impacts the fee estimate will always be discussed with you at the outset of any matter.
Please note our fees exclude VAT.
|General||Initial/switch (in UK): £2,500 – £3,500|
|Initial/switch (outside UK): £3,000 – £5,000|
|Extension: £2,500 – £3,500|
|Dependant: £1,500 – £2,500|
|General||Initial/switch: £2,500 – £3,500|
|Extension: £2,500 – £3,500|
|EEA Nationals||Registration certificate: £5,500 – £7,500|
|Permanent residence: £7,500 – £10,000|
|EEA Family Members||Residence card: £5,000 – £7,500|
|Individual applying to become British (Naturalisation)||Standard applications: £5,000 – £7,500|
|Discretionary applications: £7,500 – £10,000|
|Indefinite Leave to Remain||Residence card: £5,000 – £15,000|
|Visitors Visa||£3,500 – £5,000|
|Spouse and Partner Applications||£5,000 – £7,500|
|Ancestry Visa||£3,500 – £5,000|
|Long Residence||£7,500 – £12,500|
The precise cost will depend on the particular circumstances of your case. Where the application is relatively straightforward it is likely that the fees will be at the lower end of the relevant spectrum. Where there are complicating factors, the fees may reach or in some cases exceed the upper end.
Disbursements (not included in costs set out above)
Disbursements are costs that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
The costs quoted here do not include:
- Any Home Office and official fees for making the application. These vary depending on the type of application you are making.
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
- Fees of independent expert witnesses where required.
- Interpreter fees which vary depending on what language you speak and the amount of time spent by the interpreter. If you do have a someone who can translate for you there may be no need to instruct an interpreter.
- Official translation fees which vary depending on the language and the number of documents requiring translation.
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.
*the time this will take depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain any missing documents.
Factors that could make a case more complicated
The following are examples of 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 dependents and the number of dependents 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 will my application take?
We will normally be able to submit most types of application within 2 weeks of instruction provided we have received all the necessary documentation, however in urgent cases we can make an application more quickly.
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. However, the current processing times can be found on the Home Office website.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are estimates based the average cost in previous cases we have dealt with. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your qspecific case.