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Transparency Rules – Immigration

Transparency Rules – Immigration

Transparency for Immigration Fees

We try to be clear about our fees in order to assist clients to plan their financial affairs but also to remain compliant with the law surrounding fee transparency.

We will also be as clear as we can regarding any disbursements that might need to be paid for during your case.

We provide agreed fee and fixed fee prices for the majority of applications, as follows:

Fees:


Family Related:


Settlement for a partner, child, adopted child, or any dependant
relative


£1000 to £3000


 


Entry Clearance or Limited leave to remain as a partner, child, adopted
child, or any dependant relative


£750 to £3000


 


Any Indefinite Leave to Enter


£1000 to £3000


Long Residence applications


Leave to remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain


£1000 to £3000


Private life applications


Leave to remain or Indefinite Leave to remain


£1500 to £4000


EU Settlement Scheme


Family Permit


£500 to £2000


 


Limited leave to remain (Pre-Settled Status)


£500 to £2000


 


Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settled Status)


£500 to £2000


 


Child applying for status at the same time as an adult family member


£300-£1000


 


Child applying for status independent of adults


£500 to £2000


Visit


Visit entry clearance/ Leave to Enter, including marriage visit visa


£500 to £3000


Right of abode


Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode


£500 -£1500


Evidence of exisiting immigration permission


ToC or NTL


£300 -£1000


British Citizenship


Naturalisation as a British Citizen


£1000 to £2500


 


Registration as a British Citizen


£1000 to £2500


 


Confirmation of British Nationality Status


£1000 to £10,000


 


British Passport Application


£300 to £1000

 

The exact amount of your fixed fee will be agreed at your first appointment, once a member of the immigration team has assessed your matter. This will then be confirmed in your client care letter for absolute clarity. We would expect half of the fixed fee to be paid at the beginning of the matter and the remainder before the application is sent to the Home Office or completed by us.

Fees charged at an hourly rate:

We would reserve the right to charge an hourly rate in the following situations, due to the unpredictability of how long it might take to complete such services:

  • Services preparing applications, carrying out mock audits or research in relation to the Points Based System of Immigration, including Tiers 1,2, 4 and 5;
  • Assistance with any other work type visas, including Turkish Workers;
  • Assisting with any preparation or representation at tribunals and courts in relation to Immigration matters, including representations in relation to Civil Penalty notices (this includes preparation of Administrative Reviews);
  • Research into new or very specialist situations;
  • Any other applications or immigration services not specified in the general Fees table above.

We will however endeavour to provide you with as accurate a quotation as we can from the outset of the file and will provide you with timely updates in relation to any predicted changes in relation to your overall fees.

Our hourly rate for Immigration Services is currently set at £175 + VAT. The services charged at an hourly rate can take between 5 and 20 hours depending on certain factors.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The factual and legal complexity of the case and whether the application is compliant with the relevant law.
  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Which language(s) you speak
  • Whether you are applying with other dependants
  • The level of contact the case requires with yourself and the number of enquiries you have during the course of your case.

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.

What services are included

The work will involve:

  • 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, EEA Regulations or citizenship laws and whether you meet the criteria;
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how;
  • considering the supporting evidence you have provided;The amount of hours 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;
  • where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses, as appropriate;
  • preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf;
  • assistance with a Home Office interview: it is very rare for there to be an interview but if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time;
  • giving advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

In some cases, it may be appropriate to delegate tasks to a trainee solicitor or caseworker. We will seek your agreement before doing so. Work done by a trainee solicitor or caseworker may be charged at the same or a lower hourly rate per hour, should you be being charged at an hourly rate for your case.

Timescales:

Most immigration applications take between 2 and 6 weeks to prepare. They are then processed at the Home Office for around 6 months. This is obviously drastically reduced should you opt for a same day or short time service from the Home Office. This is usually a substantial amount more.

Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):

Disbursements are potential costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties.

We will handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Interpreters fees from £25-£40 per hour. Most kinds of application will normally require between 3 -10 hours of client contact with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.
  • Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.
  • If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses. The mileage is charged at a rate of 45

The costs quoted here do not include:

  • Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
  • Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal

VAT:

All figures exclude VAT which is charged at 20%. If you reside outside of the European Union no VAT is chargeable. Please contact a member of our team, should you believe that VAT should not be chargeable, and you are being charged VAT.

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