Immigration - Costs and Timescale Guidelines
In almost every case, a consultation fee of £300 will be charged. If the individual is resident for VAT purposes in the United Kingdom, that will include the VAT but if the individual is resident overseas then it will be £300 flat fee. During the consultation the individual will be seen by Lee Campbell or any such case workers as we direct to ascertain all of the elements pertinent to their immigration situation, including immigration history, exceptional circumstances and possible routes to application. Within that fee, unless otherwise agreed between the potential client and the fee earner, there will be follow up advice in writing by email to outline the best options to the client on the basis of the instructions given in consultation.
Once the consultation has taken place and the best route forward has been identified, a client care letter is then sent to the client fully setting out the fees, due in advance, on the file in respect of the application route chosen. That client care letter will also set out all Home Office fees that arise from the application and any other incidental fees such as translation or postage if they are likely to be incurred. It is not possible to give an outline of all of the Home Office fees that may apply on an application because there are so many and they change regularly, however, a link is here provided to the most up to date Home Office fees at the time this has been written.
For our fees we confirm that they are on a fixed fee basis and are only charged on an hourly rate if the application course isn’t clear or if there is support for an organisation that is as and when required or if an individual withdraws before the application is submitted.
The hourly rate is:
|Directors/Consultants||£230 - £275|
|Associates/Senior Associates||£165 - £230|
|Other Solicitors/Legal Executives||£140 - £175|
|Trainee Solicitors/Paralegals||£60 - £140|
There is also the possibility of a discount for NHS forces and other emergency staff and that would be 10% and is applied on the full application work not on the consultation. Our fees are here set out below:
Fixed fees packages are listed below. The fee earner’s hourly rates will be charged for clients who withdraw before an outcome is reached to reflect the time spent.
The fees below do not include VAT or disbursements, such as application fees, that may apply. They do include all work to the point of decision including all attendances and both written and telephone communication with the client and relevant third parties. Consideration, preparation and submission of application and relevant supporting documents, copies of documents and domestic postage is also included.
Fees are payable on account of costs at the start of the matter after terms and ID have been provided. When the work has been undertaken an invoice will be generated transferring costs from the client account to the office account. That receipted invoice will be provided to the client. In most cases a consultation fee is applied to each matter of £250 plus VAT (or £300 if the client is VAT exempt). If the client requests a discount on the Fee Package, and that is agreed, the consultation fee can be discounted.
Subject to confirmation from the Accounts Team, VAT is not chargeable to clients who are not resident for tax purposes in the United Kingdom.
Business immigration packages
|Type of application||Fixed Fee (exclusive of VAT)|
|Tier 1 Investor|
|Tier 1 Entrepreneur|
|Extension||£4,000 (if we did first app) £4,995|
|Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur|
|Tier 2&5 Advice on obtaining a sponsor licence (including prevention of illegal working audit & report)|
|For companies with 1-10 sponsored employees||£1,500|
|For companies with 11-50 sponsored employees||£2,500|
|For companies with 50+ sponsored employees||To be negotiated with client|
|Prevention of illegal working audit|
|For companies with 1-10 employees||£1,300 or hourly rate|
|For companies with 11-50 employees||£2,300 or hourly rate|
|For companies with 50+ employees||To be negotiated with client|
|Tier 2&5 Licence Management|
|For companies with 1-10 CoS||£1,200 a month|
|For companies with 11-50 CoS||£1,800 a month|
|For companies with 50+ CoS 6 months minimum||To be negotiated with client|
|Tier 2&5 advice on issuing Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)|
|Tier 2 (General; Minister of Religion; Sportsperson)|
|Tier 5 Temporary Worker (Charity Worker; Creative and Sporting; Government Authorised Exchange; International Agreement; Religious Worker)|
|Tier 4 Student|
|Entry clearance if degree level or above||£1800|
|Entry clearance if degree level or below||£1500|
|Extension if degree level or above||£800 if we did initial application; £1000 if not|
|Extension if degree level or below||£600 if we did initial application; £800 if not|
*Tier 2&5 licence management includes acting as Level 1 or 2 user; issuing CoS; all advice and representation in connection with sponsoring of non EU employees. Individual immigration packages
|Type of application||Fixed Fee (exclusive of VAT)|
|10 years lawful residence||£1,500|
|Registration as BC||£650|
|First application for British Passport||£375|
|Renewal of British Passport||£150|
|European Nationals and their Family Members|
|Permanent residence (employed)||£1200|
|Permanent residence (self-employed)||£1400|
|Croatian nationals - first applications (permanent residence as above)||£600|
|Family Members of British Citizens and Settled Persons|
|Entry clearance if employed or N/A||£1,700|
|Entry clearance if self-employed||£1,900|
|Extension if employed or N/A||£1,300|
|Extension if self-employed||£1,500
Fees for spouse application will be reduced by 1/3 if we did the fiancé application
|Indefinite Leave to Remain|
|Extension if employed||£550|
|Extension if self employed||£675|
|6 month visa||£700|
|2 year visa||£850|
|5 year visa||£900|
|10 year visa||£1,000|
A 10% discount applies to all applications from the forces and the emergency services (including all NHS staff) plus see attached sheet
‘Our reputation is built on recommendation. For each referral that progresses past a consultation we offer the referring client a 10% discount on any future applications for themselves or immediate family members – mothers, fathers, partners, husbands, wives or children.’ That goes out in a card at the end of every successful matter.
In terms of processing times, we are able to assist a client as quickly as they can get the documents together and will always endeavour to meet the client’s key dates. If it is clear that, because of outstanding documents or inability to collate them on the part of the client, then we will give that warning that a date may not be met but, to date, that has never been necessary. In every case the Home Office processing times are the standard times as published but they are not an absolute and so we give an indication to the client, depending on the application, as to how long it is likely to take in practice but we make it clear that is only an indication. Sometimes the Home Office can take a great deal longer than the published processing times and there is not necessarily any obvious reason for that.
- Immigration - Costs and Timescale Guidelines