Fees

Immigration Fees

We are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to provide pricing information to potential clients in relation to certain types of work. However, we encourage our clients to contact us for more detailed information based on their specific situation and not to base any decision solely on price.

Below you will find pricing information for immigration-related matters on which we are able to advise. The costs for the various immigration matters can vary depending on your circumstances, including where you currently live, your previous immigration history, whether you have access to the correct documentation in a timely manner, the amount of supporting evidence we have to review, and the time required to prepare the application.

We are able to advise on the following immigration-related matters:

  • Leave to Remain applications (Family life) – first time applications and extensions of leave
  • Leave to Remain applications after 10 years of residence in the UK (Private Life)
  • Leave to Remain based on child who has resided in the UK no less than 7 years continuously
  • Leave to Remain for applicants under 25 and having spent at least half of their life in the UK
  • Other applications outside the rules based on Private and/or Family life
  • Leave to Remain applications after 20 years of residence in the UK (Private Life)
  • Entry Clearance Fiancé & Spouse applications
  • Entry Clearance other dependant applications including those who would not qualify under the rules
  • European Settlement Scheme Applications (EUSS) – Applications for pre-settled and settled status for EEA nationals and family members. We can assist with late applications under the EU Settlement scheme (EUSS), applications for retained rights of residence when a relationship has broken down, administrative reviews and appeals against refusals under the EUSS, applications for indefinite leave to remain under the EUSS.
  • Visitor Visas
  • British Nationality and British Passport applications
  • Sponsorship Licence
  • Tier 2 visa applications
  • Tier 2 dependant applications
  • Tier 4 visa applications
  • Tier 1 Investors and dependants – only those granted previously
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) renewals
  • First Tier Tribunal Appeals
  • Applications for permission to appeal to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and to the Upper Tribunal & higher courts
  • Appeals the higher courts including Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • Bail Applications and Hearings
  • Pre-action Protocol letters
  • Judicial Review
  • Administrative Review
  • Domestic Violence – both under the EUSS and the UK Immigration Rules
  • Unlawful detention
  • Assistance for claiming refunds for overcharged Home Office and Immigration Health Surcharge fees for overseas transactions

What our immigration services include

The services we provide will depend on the type of immigration matter but as a rule, they will include:

  • 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
  • advising on the evidence required
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome
  • considering the supporting evidence you have provided
  • preparing your application, submitting it on your behalf and helping you to book your biometric appointment (if applicable)
  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

Issues that can affect the overall number of hours include the number of documents to be reviewed, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents.

How do we charge?

Matters are charged at a rate of £300-450 + VAT per hour where the work is carried out by a qualified solicitor, depending on their seniority. Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals charge at a rate of £280 + VAT per hour.  If support is provided by a case worker, this would be in the form of preparing papers received by you, but all work is assessed and supervised by a qualified solicitor at all times.

  • Principal: £450 + VAT
  • Solicitors with more than 5 years Post Qualification: £360 + VAT
  • Solicitor with up to 5 years Post Qualification: £300 + VAT
  • Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals: £280 + VAT

VAT is charged at 20%.

The following estimates have been prepared on the basis that the work would be undertaken by a qualified solicitor with support from a case worker.

In each of the below the complexity of the matter (and the time that the necessary work will take) depends on the circumstances in your case, such as:

  • whether you are applying with other family members or dependants
  • which language(s) you speak
  • whether you are able to provide all the necessary original documents necessary as per UK requirements
  • whether any of your documents need to be translated
  • the amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider and /or submit with the application
  • whether you have any suitability issues, such as previous period(s) of overstaying
  • if you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules.
  • whether we need to reach out to third parties for assistance
  • whether you have an adverse immigration history or any other complications that may adversely affect the good character requirements

Initial Consultation

£90 for a 15–20-minute introductory meeting at our office.

This meeting is to provide general advice only. Your options shall be discussed and if we are able to assist, our costs will be discussed before we receive instructions. If a follow-up email is required to confirm information this is normally included in this fee.

Leave to Remain applications (Family life) 5-Year Route

You must have been living in the UK on your family visa as a partner for at least 5 continuous years if you are on the 5-year route. On average, a straightforward Leave to Remain application for the 5-year route takes around 8-12 hours to complete. This means that on average, costs are between £3000-£4500 + VAT for a first-time application. A further cost in the region of £500 – £1000 would usually be applied for each additional dependant applying at the same time. An extension, on the basis that all circumstances remain exactly the same and that the financial requirement is met with savings or ordinary salaried employment, would be in the region of £1800 + VAT. This cost will be more if there have been changes to the applicant’s circumstances or if the applicant is relying on self-employment, more than one employment or various types of income.

In-country or ‘switching’ to Leave to Remain applications under the 5-year route (marriage, rights to child, adult dependants, private life, human rights). Our service will include:

  • advising on eligibility
  • documentation
  • assessing how the requirements will be met
  • reviewing the financial requirements and assessing how best this can be met
  • completing the application
  • preparing a statement from the sponsor
  • obtaining and advising evidence
  • requesting evidence from third parties such as accountants.
  • preparing supporting statements
  • drafting representations
  • uploading/posting the documents
  • booking your biometric appointment.

    Costs can vary depending on the complexity of the matter, whether it is a first-time application or an extension of leave and how the applicant intends to meet the rules. To apply under the 5-year route in-country, the applicant would need to hold existing leave in another category. This route cannot be used by visitors.

    Leave to Remain (private Life) applications on the 10-year route

    You can only apply on the basis of your private life if you’re already living in the UK.

    You can apply if you

    • are under 18 and you’ve lived in the UK continuously for at least 7 years, and it would be unreasonable to expect you to leave the UK
    • are between 18 and 24 and you’ve lived continuously in the UK for more than half your life
    • are 18 or over, have spent less than 20 years in the UK and would have very significant problems living in the country you’d have to go to
    • have been in the UK continuously for 20 years
    • were born in the UK to a person who has permission to stay in the UK on the basis of their private life, or is applying for it

    Your family members can apply on the same application – you will be considered separately. On average, a straightforward Leave to Remain application based on one of the first 3 categories mentioned above takes around 8 – 12 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £3000 – £4500 + VAT. A further cost in the region of £500 – £1000 would usually be applied for each additional dependant applying at the same time.

    Our service will include:

    • advising on eligibility
    • applying for and reviewing Home Office files and immigration history
    • review of personal circumstances to establish the best time to apply
    • advising on documentation and evidence required
    • preparation of supporting statements from third parties
    • requesting and assessing supporting documents from third parties such as medical practitioners, previous solicitors, court documents, local authority, education providers etc
    • preparation of chronologies and representations
    • organisation and review of documents
    • completing application form
    • advising on possible risks
    • submitting the application
    • uploading the documents / bundling the hard copy documents (depending on the submission process required at the time)
    • booking biometric appointment
    • dealing with further requests for further documentation from the Home Office.
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    Costs can vary depending on the complexity of the matter, whether it is a first-time application or an extension of leave, whether it is an application within the rules or outside of the rules i.e., applying as an overstayer or without prior leave to be in the UK, whether there is a complex immigration history etc.

    Leave to Remain applications after 20 years of residence in the UK (Private Life)

    On average, a straightforward Leave to Remain application after 20 years of residence in the UK takes around 22 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are around £8000 + VAT.

    Leave to Remain applications in country under the 20-year route on the basis of private life, based on having lived continuously in the UK for no less than 20 years or after having spent more than half of your life here.

    Our service includes:

    • advising on eligibility
    • advising on how to proceed where the applicant has been known under different aliases
    • review of personal circumstances to establish the best time to apply
    • advising on documentation and evidence required
    • preparation of supporting statements from third parties
    • preparation of chronologies and representations
    • organisation and review of documents
    • completing application form
    • advising on possible risks
    • submitting the application
    • uploading the documents / bundling the hard copy documents (depending on the submission process required at the time)
    • booking biometric appointment
    • dealing with further requests for further documentation from the Home Office.
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    Costs can vary depending on the complexity of the matter, whether it is a first-time application or a resubmission on the ground of new evidence being available, whether there is a complex immigration history, whether the applicant has sufficient documents to rely on, whether there has been a previous refusal or appeal, whether the applicant has used one or more aliases etc.

    Entry Clearance applications

    On average, a straightforward Entry Clearance application takes around 10-14 hours to complete. This means that on average, costs are between £2000-£3500 + VAT (if applicable). Costs are usually more if the financial requirement is being met under the self-employment, director of a Limited company, or multiple employment categories. The cost will also depend on whether the applicant has an adverse immigration history.

    Entry Clearance applications under the 5-year route (marriage, rights to child, adult dependants). Our service would include:

    • advising on documentation
    • reviewing evidence
    • preparing additional information statements
    • completing the application
    • drafting representations
    • Preparing statements for the sponsor
    • Reviewing the financial requirement and how this will be met
    • uploading the documents/ preparing the documents bundle
    • booking the biometric appointment
    • advising on the next steps and providing support throughout the process.
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    Applications on the basis of exceptional circumstances usually cost more due to the further representations required. Our costs also depend on the method of satisfying the financial requirement and usually, when the sponsor is self-employed, a director of a limited company or employed by a specified company, the costs would be on the higher end due to the increased documents and time required to prepare for submission and such applications usually cost between £3000 – £4000 plus disbursements.

    Entry Clearance dependant applications

    On average, a straightforward Entry Clearance dependant application (rights to

    child, adult dependants, children, Adoptive children) takes around 10-14 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2500 – £4000 + VAT.  The costs for each additional dependant IF applying at the same time would be around £750-£1000.

    Our service would include:

    • advising on documentation
    • completing the application
    • reviewing supporting statements
    • drafting representations
    • submitting the application
    • booking the biometric appointment
    • organising support documents bundle/uploading to the online system
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    Indefinite Leave to Remain applications

    Indefinite leave to remain is how you settle in the UK. It’s also called ‘settlement’. It gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like and apply for benefits if you’re eligible. You can use it to apply for British citizenship or sponsor other family members to join you in the UK. Once you have indefinite leave to remain, you will no longer be relying on a sponsor (if that is how you originally obtained leave) to stay in the UK as you would be here in your own right.

    There are different ways to apply for indefinite leave to remain based on your circumstances and we would assess your full circumstances to see if you are eligible.

    If you or your family member are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you may be able to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme instead and we would be able to advise on this.

    If you are a worker in the UK

    You may be able to apply if you have a work visa.

    You must usually have lived and worked in the UK for 5 years. If you have a tier 1 visa, it can be 2 or 3 years. If you have an Innovator or Global Talent visa, it can be 3 years.

    You may also need to meet the salary or financial requirements – this depends on your visa.

    Our costs and how you apply depend on whether you:

    On average, a straightforward application for indefinite leave to remain within the ‘working in the UK’ categories would cost around £1500 – £2500 based on around 4-6 hours of work. Further costs may apply, and this would depend on whether we are dealing with a new case or an existing client of whom we would already have full knowledge of their immigration history. The costs will also be more if there are any unusual or complicated circumstances that will require further documents to be obtained and further representations to be made.

    If you have family and/or private life in the UK

    You may be able to apply if you have a partner, parent or child or other relative settled in the UK– either as a British citizen or a person with indefinite leave to remain.

    How you apply depends on which visa you have and how your family member settled.

    There are other ways to apply if:

    If you have existing leave on the basis of family life, it will depend on which route your previous leave has been granted, for example, the 5-year or the 10-year route.

    If you were granted leave on the basis of your private life, you would normally be on the 10-year route and once you have completed 10 years of residence under this category, you would be eligible to apply. Our costs for an average straightforward application for indefinite leave to remain under the private or family route would be around £1800 – £2600 based on 5-7 hours of work.

    On the basis of 10 years of long residence

    You may be able to apply if you’ve been living here continuously for 10 years or more. Our costs for an average straightforward application based on 10 years of residence would normally be around £2000 – £3000 + VAT based on an average of 6-8 hours of work. However, these costs may be more in cases where there has been a break in residence or another complication.

    There’s a different way to apply if you have a visa that’s on the basis of your private life as referred to above.

    If you are a Commonwealth citizen

    You can apply if you’ve been living in the UK for 5 years on a UK Ancestry visa.

    Some Commonwealth citizens have ‘right of abode’ in the UK. This means you can live or work in the UK without immigration restrictions. Check if you can apply to prove you have right of abode in the UK.

    You may be eligible for citizenship instead, for example by applying under the Windrush scheme.

    For a straightforward application under the ancestry route, our costs would be around £1200 + VAT. Our costs may be increased if there are other complications to consider.

    Other ways to apply

    You may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain if you:

    Otherwise, you can get advice about staying in the UK on the Citizens Advice website.

    For such cases, it is difficult to provide estimates as they are less common and therefore, we would need to assess the full circumstances before providing a quote. We would normally conduct such cases on our hourly rate and upon assessing the particular background, we would do our best to provide an estimate based on previous applications. These cases are unique, and the circumstances usually vary vastly from case to case.

    Our Indefinite Leave to Remain application service includes:

    • advising on documentation
    • advising on all requirements such as English test requirements
    • completing the application
    • drafting representations
    • preparing supporting bundle of documents
    • uploading evidence online
    • booking biometric appointment
    • reviewing evidence
    • assessing and advising on potential risks (if any)
    • dealing with correspondence from the Home Office post submission
    • requesting progress/updates when delays occur
    • answering your questions and providing advice.
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    There are many routes to applying for ILR and our costs will reflect the complexity of the matter and the route of application. This will be discussed during our initial consultation and usually a fixed fee can be agreed.

    EUSS applications

    On average, a straightforward EEA application takes around 3-6 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £600£2250 + VAT for applications made by EEA Nationals and £1500 – £3000 +VAT for family members of EEA Nationals. An application for Entry Clearance under the EU Settlement Family Permit route range between £1600 -£2200 and £500 for each additional dependant. Our cost may be more if the applicant has a complex immigration history or if they have been refused previously.

    Our EEA applications (pre-settled and settled status, durable relationship and marriage) service will

    Include:

    • advising on documentation
    • completing the application
    • drafting representations
    • submission of the application form
    • advising on whether an online/paper application is required
    • advising on risks and following up on progress until the application is concluded.
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    Visitor Visas

    On average, a straightforward Visitor Visa takes around 6-8 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are £1000 – £2500 with an additional £300 – £500 per dependant. Costs can vary depending on whether this is a first-time application, the complexity of the application, whether there is a complex or adverse immigration history and whether the applicant has been refused previously

    Visitor Visas (general, family and business) which will include:

    • advising on documentation
    • reviewing previous decisions
    • gathering the applicant’s full immigrations history within UK and other countries
    • gathering the applicant’s full travel history
    • reviewing the sponsor’s documents and advising on the same
    • completing the application
    • drafting representations
    • gathering evidence
    • advising on risks
    • organisation of documents
    • submission of application and uploading of documents
    • booking biometric appointments
    • any follows ups required until the application is concluded.
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    British Citizenship applications

    On average, a straightforward British Citizenship application takes around 3-6hours to complete. This means that on average costs are £1000 + VAT and we normally charge this as a fixed fee if there are no other complications such as a criminal record or other complication under the good character requirement.

    British citizenship (naturalisation, registration) which will include

    • advising on documentation
    • completing the application
    • drafting representations.
    • reviewing immigration history and advising on possible risks
    • following up with the progress of the application and reporting to you
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    Sponsorship Licence

    If a UK firm wants to employ non-UK resident (including EU nationals entering the UK from 1st January 2021) i.e., ‘post Brexit’, the employer must have a valid sponsor licence from the Home Office. The process of employer sponsorship licence application can be complex, and we can assist with this.

    There are two types of sponsor licences available: Tier 2 and Tier 5. The Tier 2 sponsor licence is for UK employers who want to sponsor non-UK nationals to work in skilled jobs in the UK. This includes jobs that require a specific skill set, professional qualifications, or relevant experience. The Tier 5 sponsor licence is for UK employers who want to sponsor non-UK nationals for temporary work in the UK such as jobs in creative and sporting fields, charity work, religious work, and government-authorised exchange programs.

    To apply for a Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsor licence, the employer must follow the sponsor licence guidance and meet certain eligibility criteria and we can advise on this.

    In order to succeed, an application for a UK sponsorship licence requires specific documents to be provided and in addition to the sponsorship licence application form. We would review your case and advise on what documentation would be required.

    It is important to get the application right because if the skilled worker sponsor licence application is denied, there is a six-month cooling-off period before you can reapply.

    The cost of a sponsor licence application varies depending on the size of the organisation. On average, a straightforward Sponsorship Licence application takes around 8-15 hours to complete depending on the size of the organisation and whether there have been any previous refusals. This means that on average costs are £3000-£5,000 + VAT. 

    Certificate of Sponsorship and applying for entry clearance by the sponsored applicant

    Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is an electronic document that is issued by the sponsor licence holders to foreign workers they wish to hire.

    Employers should apply for a Defined and Undefined CoS through the Sponsorship Management System (SMS).

    Once this is issued to an employee, they may use this to apply for leave under Tier 2 or Tier 5.  

    Sponsorship licence applications will include:

    • evaluating an organisation’s sponsorship needs.
    • determining the appropriate type of sponsorship licence.
    • checking organisation’s previous business performance.
    • reviewing of the Authorising Officer, Level 1 User and Key Contact person’s suitability.
    • recommending mandatory and supporting documents based on the nature of the organisation.
    • assisting organisations to respond to Home Office questions correctly.
    • providing guidance on sponsorship-related fees.
    • helping to fast-track organisations to the Home Office.
    • providing specialised support for first-time sponsorship license applicants, renewals, suspensions and revocation.

    Tier 2 Visa applications

    On average, a straightforward Tier 2 visa application takes around 4-6 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are £1800 – £2000 +VAT. Our costs for dealing with each additional applicant submitting their application at the same time are on average £500 – £1000.

    Tier 2 visa applications (in country and entry clearance) will include:

    • advising on eligibility and potential risks
    • completing the application.
    • submitting the application, booking appointments, uploading evidence
    • keeping you informed of progress

    Tier 2 Visa Dependant applications (Applying separately to the sponsor)

    On average, a straightforward Tier 2 visa application takes around 4-6 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are £1500+VAT.

    Tier 2 dependant applications will include:

    • advising on documentation
    • completing the application
    • drafting representations.
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    Tier 4 Visa applications

    On average, a straightforward Tier 4 visa application takes around 4-6 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are £1500 – £2200+VAT.

    Tier 4 visa applications will include:

    • advising on documentation
    • completing the application.
    • reviewing eligibility
    • assessing risks

    Tier 1 Investor Visa applications

    Tier 1 Visas have been suspended indefinitely by the UK Government (see this link for more information https://www.gov.uk/tier-1-investor) but we can assist with extensions, switch of leave or Indefinite Leave to remain for existing Investors and their dependents. We normally charge an average fee of £8000 + VAT and £5000 + VAT per dependent applying at the same time. On occasions where the matter is more complicated, we may charge more and will advise you if this is the case.

    Tier 1 Investor visa applications will include:

    • advising on documentation
    • completing the application
    • drafting representations.
    • arranging appointments including premium and super premium appointments
    • assessing risks
    • advising on eligibility
    • dealing with third parties such as financial advisors to obtain the necessary portfolios
    • keeping you up to date with progress

    Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

    On average, a straightforward replacement of your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will take around 2-3 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are £1000 + VAT.

    Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – No Time Limit application for

    those with indefinite leave to remain which will include:

    • advising on documentation
    • completing the application
    • drafting representations.
    • corresponding with you by phone, in person and by email

    Drafting appeal grounds and submission of an Appeal to the First Tier Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (FTT) following a refused decision from the Home Office (no oral hearing)

    On average, drafting appeal grounds takes around 4-8 hours to complete up to the submission of the appeal only. If we are instructed to deal with the matter right up to the hearing stage, further costs would apply. This means that on average costs are £1000-£1500 + VAT.  We will draft appeal grounds to appeal refusals made by the Home Office and prepare all of the necessary paperwork. Our costs will also depend on whether we assisted with the application which was refused as this will affect the amount of work and preparation we need to do.

    Drafting appeal grounds and submitting an application to appeal will include:

    • reviewing your application
    • reviewing the refusal and reasons
    • discussing the refusal with you and taking instructions
    • advising you on your position
    • obtaining evidence & legal research
    • preparing the appeal application and submitting to the AIT

    First Tier Tribunal Appeals Hearings

    On average, First Tier Tribunal Appeals take around 14-18 hours to complete. This means that on average, costs are £3000-£6000 + VAT and would usually include counsel’s fee unless stated otherwise. The costs will also depend on whether we assisted with the original application and how may appellants are involved. Our fee will also depend on the complexity of the appeal, whether we need to instruct a more senior and experienced barrister.

    First Tier Tribunal Appeals (Immigration, EEA. Deportation and Human Rights) will include:

    • drafting grounds of appeal and submission of appeal application
    • preparation of witness statements
    • conferences with the appellant and witnesses
    • obtaining evidence
    • preparing Tribunal bundles
    • instructing advocates.
    • corresponding with the Court
    • dealing with court directions
    • dealing with the Home Office Presenting Officers
    • for uncomplicated matters, our fee is inclusive of barrister fees
    • briefing the barrister instructed
    • uploading documents to the court systems

    Applications for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal

    If your appeal in the First Tier Tribunal (FFT) is dismissed, you would usually be granted with a right to appeal to the FTT. If this is refused, you may then be able to apply to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal. On average, applications for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal following a decision to refuse by the First Tier Tribunal take around 4-6 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are £1500 – £2500 + VAT.

    Costs depend on the complexity of the matter and whether a barrister needs to be instructed and if so, the level of barrister required to be instructed.

    Appeals to the Upper Tribunal

    If you have been granted permission to appeal and we are instructed to deal with the hearing, it can take around 10-14 hours to complete. This means on average costs are £2000 – £4000. Costs can vary depending on the complexity of the matter, the time required for hearing and whether we dealt with the previous appeal. If you are the respondent in the Upper Tribunal hearing, the cost would be slightly less. Dealing with appeal hearings at the upper tribunal include:

    • corresponding with the court and dealing with the various court directions
    • uploading documents to the court system
    • taking instructions
    • dealing with the barrister
    • the barristers’ fees
    • gathering evidence and preparing the court bundle
    • applying for submission of fresh evidence
    • conferences with you

    Bail Applications and Hearings

    On average, a straightforward Bail Application and Hearing will take around 6-10 hours to prepare. This means that on average costs are £2500 – £3500 + VAT.

    Bail Applications and Hearings preparation include:

    • taking instructions
    • dealing with sureties
    • obtaining documents
    • completing bail application
    • preparing grounds and the bail bundle
    • instructing a barrister.

    The cost depends on several factors such as the complexity of the matter, the time required to deal with sureties. Each case is individual and once we have had the opportunity to review your particular circumstances, we can provide a properly tailored cost.

    Pre-action Protocol letters

    On average, Pre-action Protocol letters where a decision has been made which is unreasonable, irrational or illegal and there is no right of appeal will take around 4-8 hours to draft. This means that on average costs are £1000 – £3000 + VAT. This times required will of course depend on the complexity of the case and whether it is a test case.

    Judicial Review application

    The costs for Judicial Review can vary depending on a range of factors. Costs can range between £3000-£6000 + VAT up to the permission stage only.

    Judicial Review support includes:

    • completing the application forms and dealing with court directions
    • gathering evidence
    • preparing the bundles
    • liaising with the court and the Defendant’s solicitors
    • responding to AOS until the permission stage.
    • reporting to you
    • instructing and preparing brief to barrister

    If permission is refused and if merits to renew the application orally, further fees will be levied but discussed with you in detail beforehand as the costs will depend on the level of barrister required and how many grounds are to be reconsidered

    If permission granted, our costs would be then charged at an hourly rate.

    In some cases where there is merit, we may consider a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) which would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Administrative Review

    On average, drafting grounds for an Administrative Review of in country and entry clearance decisions will take around 6-8 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are £1000 -£2000+ VAT.

    Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):

    These 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. Disbursements can include:

    • interpreter fees if required – we will advise you of the additional costs per hour that are involved.
    • independent expert reports e.g., medical experts.
    • any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay these to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
    • any fee payable for a Premium Service Centre appointment. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
    • any Immigration Health Surcharge. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process
    • the biometric enrolment fee which you will pay this to the Post Office directly as part of the application process.
    • where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
    • Court fees

    How long will it take?

    We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application and we have NO control over the time it will take. Unless you apply under a specific premium route which specifies how long a decision will take, you will be advised not to book travel until your application has been completed. We would never in any circumstance guarantee a date that your application will be completed.  You can read the current processing time for all types of visas on the www.gov.uk website and we will do our best to provide you with an estimate based on other similar cases and the Home Office guidelines at that time

    On average, applications for those with existing leave or applying for entry clearance would normally take around 4 weeks, providing all of the correct requested documentation in provided but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

    For applications under the 10-year routes such as family life, private life and long residence, these usually take much longer given the volume of documents usually required. An application for long residence based on 20 years continuous residence would take on average at least 6 months to prepare unless there are urgent factors requiring us to prepare earlier.

    Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are estimates 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, We can normally provide you with an accurate estimate after attending our consultation service.

    Who will be advising you?

    Matters will be handled by an appropriate member of our team under the supervision of solicitors David Tang or Lisa Tang. You can find out more about our team below.

    • David Tang, Solicitor
    • Lisa Tang, Solicitor
    • Tracy Zhao, Trainee Solicitor
    • Ping Chan, Case worker
    • Phuong Ha, Case worker
    • Adela Wong, Office manager and case worker
    • Linda Yip, Case Worker
    • Bonnita Wong, Case worker