For new clients, we offer an initial no-obligation consultation with an experienced immigration solicitor. The consultation can be undertaken both in person or by telephone depending on your preference. During the initial consultation, you can explain your situation to an immigration solicitor and the immigration solicitor will provide you with initial advice on your case. We aim to provide honest and accurate legal advice which you can rely upon and all consultations are strictly confidential.
The cost of the initial consultation fee is the same for both in-person or telephone consultations:
– £80.00 for a 40-minute consultation
– £120.00 for a 1-hour consultation (usually where you would like the solicitor to read a file of papers in order to advise you)
IMMIGRATION FEES INFORMATION
The hourly rates we charge are as follows:
£250 for a solicitor with between 5-10 years experience
£350 for a solicitor with more than 10 years experience
The following are the type of immigration cases we assist in:
Application for Regularisation of stay (Overstayer)
- Leave to Remain with a partner
- Leave to Remain for a child
- “7-year rule” for children and their family members
- Leave to Remain as the Parent of a Child in the UK
- Dependent Relative
- Leave to Remain for an Individual on a private life/family life basis
- Exceptional/compassionate circumstances
- S120. Representations
Long Residence Applications
- Long Residence
- Indefinite stay after 20 years unlawful and/or lawful stay in the UK
- Lodging Grounds of Appeal
- Preparation of Appeal Case
- Advocacy before the Immigration Tribunal
- Deportation Appeals
- Judicial Review Applications
The fees quoted above do not attract VAT.
In addition to our fees, you can expect to pay disbursements which are applicable in your case and we will let you know what disbursements are payable from the beginning. The type and cost of disbursements which may be applicable in your case include:
- Home Office Fees click here for the link
- Immigration Health Surcharge click here for the link
- Immigration Tribunal Fees click here for the link
- Judicial Review Court Fee click here for the link
- Interpreter’s Fees – the amount will depend on how many hours you will need with an interpreter and the number of hours needed will vary on the complexities of the case, such as the number of documents which you provide and which need to be translated by an interpreter. Interpreters on average charge between £20-30 per hour for their services.
The firm can select an interpreter on your behalf or you can also choose an interpreter of your choice should you prefer to do so. Clients of the firm also have the option to bring a friend or another community figure to help interpret if they prefer to do so.
Our solicitors will assist you throughout your immigration matter from the commencement of your case to its conclusion. Our service includes:
- discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you.
- giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
- if you do not fulfill certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how which on average takes 1-2 hours.
- considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 2-4 hours;
- where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records), including taking statements of any witnesses;
- preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take 10-15 hours;
- Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office asks you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 2 and 3 hours of work;
- giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
It is important to note that the number of hours spent on your case depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents.
The exact number of hours it will take to conclude your case depends on the circumstances in your case, such as:
- The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider;
- Which language(s) you speak;
- Whether you are applying with other dependants.
If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.
On average, immigration applications can take between 10-15 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,500 and £5,250 depending on whether your case is undertaken by a junior solicitor or senior solicitor at the firm. Our fees do not currently attract VAT which means you will not need to pay VAT on your case.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case. We may also be able to offer you a fixed fee to handle your case and which is likely to be in the average costs range shown above. Please refer to the Disbursements section as shown above which is payable in addition to the firm’s charges for its professional services.
Please note that both immigration applications and immigration appeals may take several months to conclude and the firm shall provide you with updates on time scales when handling your case.
Advice and representation at the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in relation to appeals against Home Office visa or immigration decisions (excluding asylum).
If you require advice and representation at an appeal, we will charge the same hourly rates as above. The time taken to prepare an appeal varies considerably depending on the issues of the appeal. The firm will represent you from the commencement of the appeal until a decision is received by an Immigration Judge following an appeal hearing. The type of work the firm will undertake in appeal includes taking your instructions and advising you, drafting statements for witnesses, research, preparing a bundle of appeal papers to be relied on at the appeal hearing, liaising with Counsel and dealing with other parties such as the Home Office and Immigration Appeals Tribunal.
The time required is likely to be in the range of 15-20 hours of preparation time. This means that on average costs are between £3,750 and £7,000 depending on whether your case is handled by a junior solicitor or senior solicitor. Our fees do not currently attract VAT which means you will not need to pay VAT on your case.
For the appeal hearing itself, it is our usual practice to instruct experienced immigration barristers (also referred to as Counsel)to represent you. We will work closely with the barrister and in most appeals will arrange a conference meeting with you and the barrister. We will discuss with you the options and offer you a range of experience and price. Costs for the barrister are likely to be in the range of £650-£1,000 (plus VAT if payable to the barrister).
How to use our services
If you wish to instruct us in respect to an application, please call us on 020 8884 1166 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Clients usually start with an initial consultation where based on the information that you provide to us, we will give you our preliminary view on the merits of your case and options. We can also give you an accurate fee we will charge for your particular case after an initial consultation. After the initial consultation, you can decide whether you wish to instruct us further in the matter. Consultations can be done in person or by phone.