Immigration

immigrationAs the law relating to immigration becomes more complex, we have made it our business to ensure that our advice covers more than an outline of options. Using our global experience, knowledge and contacts to solve problems for our clients, being proactive and, when required, tough with the authorities, delivering our work within cost expectations and ensuring that we are accessible are important to us. Our team has been praised for the level of personal attention given to clients and our innovative approach. We represent   business of all sizes, from start-ups to established businesses.

Summary of services for private individuals include:

  1. Entry Clearance applications: spouse, partner, children and other relatives
  2. Citizenship/Naturalisation advice and applications
  3. Overstayers: options to regularize status
  4. Indefinite leave to remain/permanent residence applications
  5. Points Based System for highly skilled individuals
  6. Students including post study applications
  7. Challenges: appeals, reconsiderations and judicial reviews
  8. Complex cases: asylum claims, human rights applications, concessions, and cases which fall outside the rules
  9. EU/EEA applications: family permits, residence cards
  10. Travel document applications

Summary of services for businesses include:

  1. business visitors and EEA posted workers
  2. certificates of sponsorship/confirmation of acceptance for study and entry clearance/leave to remain applications (tiers 2, 4 and 5)
  3. education sector services including sponsor license suspension/withdrawal challenges
  4. global immigration solutions
  5. illegal working issues
  6. sponsor license applications, assessments and maintenance
  7. tier 1 (general), tier 1 (post study work), EEA and complex applications
  8. training and general advisory services (for HR, senior management, legal counsel, board level etc)

 

Range of services and costs:

  • Applications to become British under the British Nationality Act 1981

On average, this work takes between 6-12 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £950 – £2,500. All figures exclude VAT.

  • Applications on behalf of 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

On average, this work takes between 6-12 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £950 – £2,500. All figures exclude VAT.

  • Applications for work, study and business under the Points-Based system

On average, this work takes between 12-40 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,500 – £9,000. All figures exclude VAT.

  • Visit visas

On average, this work takes between 10-15 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £1,500 – £3,250. All figures exclude VAT.

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

On average, this work takes between 15-20 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £3,250 – £4,500. All figures exclude VAT.

  • Ancestry visas

On average, this work takes between 6-15 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £950 – £3,250. All figures exclude VAT.

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

On average, this work takes between 10-20 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £1,500 – £4,500. All figures exclude VAT.

  • Appeals

On average, this work takes between 20-40 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £4,500 – £9,000. All figures exclude VAT.

 

The fixed fee quotes assume that your case is straightforward, and that you meet the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules, EEA Regulations or British Nationality Act 1981 (as applicable).

It also assumes there are no other factors which make the application more complex such as a criminal record or a history of non-compliance with UK immigration.

Work included in fixed fee:

The work will involve:

  • Taking full instructions from you in order to provide initial assessment, advice on the key requirements and how these apply to your circumstances
  • Providing a comprehensive list of documents and information to be provided, providing templates where appropriate
  • Reviewing and collating supporting documents
  • Liaising with third parties where required to obtain additional evidence
  • Preparing the relevant application forms, submitting these on your behalf and booking any necessary appointments
  • Drafting a comprehensive covering letter in support of your application
  • Advising on the application submission options and procedure and advising on likely time frames
  • Advising you on the outcome of the application and explaining your new immigration or nationality status, including information about how to remain compliant with your visa conditions and the eligibility criteria for extensions and indefinite leave to remain.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements (i.e. expenses), are costs related to your matter that are paid to third parties, such as application, court, experts and barristers fees etc. These expenses are never included in our fees. We require funds on account, in order to handle these expenses to ensure a smooth process. Counsel’s fees vary according to the experience of the individual counsel.

Issues that will affect the duration and cost of your case include:

  • The complexity of the legal issues involved
  • The urgency of the matter
  • The level of documentation available and any issues in obtaining these
  • Where the application is being made and any particular additional services you wish to use
  • Whether the application is an initial one, an extension or an application for indefinite leave to remain
  • Whether there are any dependants and their personal circumstances
  • The nature and number of any required supporting statements
  • If we are required to liaise with third parties such as accountants or financial institutions
  • If Counsel is required to provide written advice and/or to represent you as part of an appeal process
  • The number of tribunal appearances required

 

How long will my matter take?

We can never guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application, but we can advise you of the likely time frames and will keep you updated as the matter progresses.

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