Our Fees - Immigration

Fixed Fees - Immigration 

 

The information on our fees relates to the standard types of visa and immigration applications, such as:

 

  • Applications for naturalisation or registration under the British Nationality Act 1981.

  • Applications on behalf of the European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates.

  • Applications under the Immigration Rules, including:

    • Student and work experience visas

    • Visit visas (for tourism, or visiting friends or family)

    • Spouse and partners applications, including fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners

    • Applications for work, business or study under the Points-Based System;

    • Dependent relative and family reunion applications

    • Ancestry visas

    • Other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence.

  • Other non immigration matters, instructions for which are accepted on an agreed fee basis. (*for definition of agreed fees, please refer to our terms of business)

 

If you would like to discuss your matter, please contact us for an assessment of your situation. Our hourly fees is mentioned hereunder.

 

Unless otherwise agreed, our visa and immigration services are provided on an hourly rate basis: 

 

  • Partners, Directors and Solicitors: £200 per hour + 20% VAT

  • Paralegals, Legal Assistants, trainees and trainee solicitors: £150 per hour + 20% VAT

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

  • The complexity of the case

  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider

  • Which language(s) you speak

  • Whether you are applying with other dependants

 

Where possible we give an estimate of costs after our initial meeting and consultation with the client. The estimates described below represent the range of the fees for most standard applications. Upon our initial assessment of your situation, we may agree on a fixed fee (agreed fee). In any case, the fee estimate or fixed fee would be agreed upon prior to signing a formal client care letter.

Fee Estimate - Standard Applications

The below fees are an estimate provided based on our previous experience and the anticipated number of hours to be dedicated to your case. We will be able to provide a more accurate estimate after having an initial consultation and your case assessment.

 

Applications to become British under the British Nationality Act 1981

Estimated costs are between £500 – £2,000 (excluding VAT)

 

UK Visitor Visas

Estimated fees are between £550 – £2,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Applications under the Points-Based system (excluding Tier 1 category: start up, innovator, sole representative,  investor)

Estimated fees are between £750 – £2,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Applications as a Sole representative / Start up or Innovator

Estimated fees are between £3,500 – £9,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Leave to enter or remain under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules

Estimated fees are between £1,200 – £2,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Ancestry visas

Estimated fees are between £750 – £3,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Settlement (indefinite leave to remain) applications

Estimated fees are between £750 – £3,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence 

Estimated fees are between £750 – £3,000 (excluding VAT)

 

Immigration Appeals

Estimated fees are between £1,500 – £5,000 (excluding VAT)

Advocacy fees are between £750 - £3,000 (excluding VAT)

(VAT is charged at 20% )

 

How are Fees Charged?

We charge fees in units. Each unit is 6 minutes. Each email, text message and letters (incoming & outgoing) is calculated at 1 unit per page. Case preparation, drafting, telephone calls and legal research is calculated on actual time spent. Our minimum billing is 20 units.

 

What work is involved in these costs?

Our work will typically 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 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;

  • Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;

  • Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf;

  • Attendance at a Home Office interview: 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 you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter 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.

  • Interpreters and translators fees are usually confirmed in advance.

  • 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 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.

Other disbursements NOT included in the cost

  • Translation costs,

  • Interpretation costs

  • DNA reports

  • Language analysis

  • Expert Fees

  • Doctors report

  • Advocacy at tribunal and court

  • Travel to and from court & waiting charges

Advocacy and representation at the tribunal &/or courts for appeal hearings

 

As referred above, our fees do not include representation and/or advocacy at court or tribunal. We instruct Barristers, Accredited senior caseworkers to represent clients at the tribunal and courts. Our fees, do not include fees for the representation at the court. 

How Long will your Application take (in terms of cost calculation)?

 

We will normally be able to submit the above types of the applications within 1-4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

 

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.

 

Fees are subject to change. 

 

All instructions accepted on agreed fees are payable in full and in advance upon instructions irrespective of time spent.

 

All instructions accepted on a hourly basis require a minimum deposit equivalent to 20 units at all times.

 

All outstanding balances must be paid within 10 days of bill date.

We reserve the right to stop acting and issue legal proceedings against outstanding debts if our fees remain unpaid.

Who will deal with your matter?

All Immigration and asylum matters are dealt by Mr. Zulfikar Lakdawala and Mrs. Rachana Lakdawala, Directors and Senior Supervising caseworkers accredited by the Law Society. They are assisted by paralegals, Mis Shaz Lakdawala and Mr. Karan Chheda For Information and details on their profile CLICK HERE