Immigration Costs

A list of some of the most frequently used visa applications (in both the personal and business immigration domains) on which we are able to assist with are provided below, along with average costs for each application type.

As many of our clients’ matters are complex and the service we offer bespoke, the following fees should be referenced as a guide only

Estimated fees

Type of Application                                                         

Tier 1 Investor                                                                 £10,750 - £25,000

(investing a minimum of £2 million in

approved UK qualifying investments)

Tier 1 Entrepreneur                                                         £12,750 - £25,000

(establishing, taking over or joining

a business in the UK)

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent                                                £4,250 - £12,750

(visas for endorsed leaders in the field of

science, humanities, engineering, medicine,

digital technology or the arts)    

Tier 2 General                                                                  £7,250 - £10,500

Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer                                      £6,250 - £14,500

Tier 4 Student                                                                 £3,500 – £6,000

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme                                        £2,500 - £6,000

(for those aged between 18 and 30

who hold certain nationalities)     

UK Ancestry Visa                                                            £4,250 - £6,500

Familial Applications for Spouse, Civil Partner,              £5,750 - £12,750

Unmarried Partner or Child of a British National,

or settled person  (Five-Year Settlement Route)    

 

 

 

Dependent Elderly Relatives                                         £6,750 - £17,250

Domestic Workers                                                          £4,750 - £6,250

Visit Visas (for Business and Tourism purposes)           £2,500 - £5,250

 

Settlement

on the basis of 5 years residence in the UK                    £4,250 - £12,750

 

 

Settlement

on the basis of 10 years residence in the UK                  £4,250 - £12,750

 

Applications for British Citizenship/Registration             £4,250 - £12,750

Visitors Visa (Business and Tourism)                            £1,500

Basis of Costs

 

We usually charge on a fixed-fee basis, and there can vary depending on the experience and seniority of the lawyers who will assist you with your immigration matters as well as the complexity of the application. Our hourly range from £175 to £325 plus VAT (where applicable) for our non-partner fee earners and £395-600 plus VAT (where applicable) for our partners. Please note that these rates are subject to annual review.

 

Our legal fees will always reflect the estimate given unless new or unforeseen circumstances arise. In such a case, a revised estimate of our legal fees will be provided to you. Where we are required to undertake additional work, our legal fees will increase.

We provide a bespoke estimate of the likely fees you will incur once we have more information about the specific circumstances surrounding your application.

VAT

All fees stated above exclude VAT unless specifically stated. Professional fees will be subject to VAT at 20% where this is applicable.

Assumptions

The fee estimates above are based on the assumption that the applicant meets the requirements of the Immigration Rules, EEA Regulations, or British Nationality Act 1981 (as applicable) without requiring discretion to be exercised.

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 UKVI.

Disbursements

The costs quoted here do not include any disbursements related to your matter. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as translation fees and courier fees. Home office disbursements will be at applicable rates.  

 

We are able to handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf in order to ensure a smoother process, but it will require money to be paid to us in advance from you in order to do so.  

 

The following are disbursements that you may incur depending on the nature of the application:  

 

Visa Application Fees:

See https://www.gov.uk/visa-fees  

 

Immigration Healthcare Surcharge:

See https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application  

 

Immigration Skills Charge:

See https://www.gov.uk/uk-visa-sponsorship-employers/immigration-skills-charge  

 

 

Some other typical disbursements are listed below, however please note that this list is not exhaustive and may not apply to every type of application

  • Immigration Health Surcharge

  • Tuberculosis Testing

  • Criminal Records Certificate

  • Translation services

  • Evidence of English language

  • Life in the UK test

  • The arrangement of citizenship ceremony

  • Subject Access request

Included in the Costs

  • We will review all documents and advise on the immigration options open to you based on the information you provide.  

  • We will advise on the documentary evidence required to be submitted to the immigration authorities.

  • We will draft a supporting letter setting out the facts of your case and explaining how you meet the immigration requirements.

  • We will submit the online application to the immigration authorities and liaise with you regarding the same.

  • We will represent the applicant during the submission of ancillary documentation at the Home Office centres.

  • We will liaise with UKVI on applicant’s behalf and keep you or the applicant informed of any progress. 

Not included in the Costs

Timescales 

  • Interpreters fees

  • Independent expert reports

  • Home Office application fees

  • Where the Home Office refuses your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal

  • Travel costs

  • Attendance at any Home Office interview

  • Counsel fees

  • Multiple document reviews 

Processing times for in-country applications can vary depending on whether they are submitted as standard (up to six months, though usually no more than 3 months) or priority (within a few days, with payment of an additional Home Office fee).

 

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Please read the current processing times here: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times  

 

All applications are likely to vary and of course, we will give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your individual case and documentation.  

Gursant Sandhu is a Partner with  overall responsibility for the Immigration Team. He has significant experience in dealing with both private and business experience. 

 

Aklis Rahman is an Immigration Consultant with over 17 years of professional experience in various complex immigration matters for both individuals and businesses.

 

Maryna Radenhurst is an Associate who is well familiar and experienced with the UK immigration point-based system and other types of visa, including family and naturalisation.