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* Costs information for Immigration applications and representation

Costs Information for Immigration Applications and Representation

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Transparency Rules require us to provide detailed information on our website of the costs of some of our services.

For individual clients, the services which we provide and which are covered by the Rules include immigration applications and representation.

The information we provide is either the average cost or a range of costs of our fees, based on our hourly rates for our lawyers or other bases of charging, and any likely disbursements. Disbursements are costs that we incur with third parties such as the Home Office on your behalf and which we re-charge to you in our bill.

In addition, we provide information about the solicitors who will manage your matter, their qualifications and experience.

The information provided is based on our experience of the costs we charge for typical transactions or cases. Our actual charges may vary depending on the complexity of your matter and in cases where complications arise. We will always give you an individual cost estimate at the outset of your matter, taking into account the actual circumstances of your case. We will also update our estimate if any complications arise which may impact on our costs.

The cost of Immigration applications and representation

Our fees and disbursements for this work are based on the number of hours we take to complete the work multiplied by the hourly rates for the fee earners undertaking the work. Immigration matters are dealt with by Graeme Kirk, whose hourly rate is £395 per hour and Charles Avens, whose hourly rate is £265 per hour.

For typical cases, our fees and the disbursements we will charge to you are set out below. In more complex cases, our fees may be higher. If an immigration matter requires representation in the Courts then we may have to instruct Counsel to represent you at Court, in such cases you would have to pay Counsel’s fees in addition to our fees.

The fees below do not include any fees charged by the Home Office for each visa application but instead relate solely to the legal cost of preparing the visa application. The cost of preparing an extension to a visa and then finally an indefinite leave to remain application at the end of the visa, are the same as the initial cost of the visa application as set out in the table below. The fees for each visa set out in the table below also do not include the cost of visas for any dependents or family members who are likely to come to the UK with the main visa holder, these will be charged as an additional cost.

  1. Initial Consultation: £1,000 to £3,000 plus VAT;
  2. Tier 1- Exceptional Talent Visa (including for Digital Technology)- Initial applications, Extension applications, ILR applications: £6,000 to £8,000 plus VAT;
  3. Tier 1 Investor Visa- Initial applications, Extension applications, ILR applications: £10,000 to £15,000 plus VAT;
  4. Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa- Initial applications, Extension applications, ILR applications: £10,000 to £15,000 plus VAT;
  5. Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa (For HNW clients only)- Initial applications only: £6,000 to £8,000 plus VAT;
  6. Sponsor licence application: £2,500 to £5,000 plus VAT;
  7. Tier 2 General visa- Initial applications, Extension applications, ILR applications: £2,500 to £3,500 plus VAT;
  8. Tier 2 Intra- Company Transfer Visa- Initial applications, Extension applications: £2,000 to £2,500 plus VAT;
  9. Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa- Initial applications, Extension applications, ILR applications: £2,500 to £5,000 plus VAT;
  10. Tier 4 Student Visa (Child / General) (For HNW clients only)- Initial applications, Extension applications: £2,000 to £3,000 plus VAT;
  11. Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa (For HNW clients only)- Initial applications, Extension applications: £2,000 to £3,000 plus VAT;
  12. Sole Representative of an Overseas Company Visa- Initial applications, Extension applications, ILR applications: £5,500 to £6,500 plus VAT;
  13. Commonwealth Ancestral Visa- Initial applications, ILR applications: £2,500 to £5,000 plus VAT;
  14. Fiancé(e) / Spousal visa (Family of a settled person) Initial applications, Extension applications, ILR applications: £3,000 to £5,000 plus VAT;
  15. Marriage Visitor Visa (For HNW clients only): £1,000 to £1,500 plus VAT;
  16. Standard Visitor Visa (for HNW clients only): £1,000 to £1,500 plus VAT;
  17. Business Visitor Visa: £1,000 to £1,500 plus VAT;
  18. Turkish Business Person Visa (ECAA- Ankara Agreement)- Initial applications, Extension applications, ILR applications: £3,000 to £5,000 plus VAT;
  19. Domestic workers in a private household visa (For HNW clients only): £1,000 to £2,000 plus VAT;
  20. EEA Permanent Residence Card: £1,500 to £2,500 plus VAT;
  21. Registration Certificate as an EEA Qualified Person: £1,500 to £2,500 plus VAT;
  22. EEA Family Permit: £1,500 to £2,500 plus VAT;
  23. Application for Registration / Naturalisation / UK Citizenship: £1,500 to £2,500 plus VAT.

What is included in the price?

  • Client meetings.
  • The provision of document lists, and review of supporting documents.
  • The preparation of the application to the UKVI.
  • All communications with client and third parties (letter, email, telephone, Skype).
  • Assistance with responding to queries raised by the Home Office once submitted.

What factors could increase the price?

  • An increase in complications with the application in light of new information provided by you.
  • A change of instruction or change in circumstances.
  • Difficulty in receiving prompt responses for requests of documentation from you.
  • Liaising with third parties on a client’s behalf.

What’s not included in the price?

  • Courier fees, translation fees, photocopying.
  • The cost for representation at Home Office Appointments.
  • Specialist report fees (e.g. psychiatry, child welfare etc).
  • The cost to retrieve title deeds to property.
  • The cost of instructing an Immigration Barrister to represent you at appeal or Judicial Review hearing or for advice in connection with Appeals on Applications for Judicial Review.

Typical timescales

In our experience, cases can take anywhere between 4 days and 18 months to be processed depending on the type of application, complexity of the case and the timescales set by the Home Office. We will endeavor to provide you with a timescale for completing your application during the initial consultation stage.

The fee earners who works on these matters are:

Graeme Kirk, a Consultant at Druces LLP. Graeme is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales, with 40 years post qualification experience. Graeme is one of the leading immigration practitioners in the UK. Graeme’s hourly rate is £395 per hour.

Charles Avens, a Senior Associate at Druces LLP. Charles is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales, with 9 years post qualification experience. Charles is an experienced employment and immigration lawyer. Charles’ hourly rate is £265 per hour.

Trainees: Where appropriate some of the work required to be carried out on your case may be undertaken by a trainee solicitor, whose charge out rate is £140- £160 per hour, subject to the supervision of a more experienced lawyer.

If you have any questions regarding this cost information please contact Charles Avens.

 

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