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Our services and prices

Overview

Our partners have extensive experience in managing the immigration needs of individuals and families looking to relocate to or extend their stay in the UK as well as the needs of businesses looking to hire talent from overseas. We advise on all immigration categories and combine our experience of more straightforward immigration applications with complex appeals and other contentious matters. We believe that our experience of both contentious and non-contentious matters makes us ideally placed to assess the risks in each matter and ensure that the chances of success are maximised for our clients. 

Your matter will be allocated to one of our partners from the beginning. Our partners are both qualified Solicitors with over 15 years’ experience advising in immigration law. They will undertake an initial assessment including providing a quotation for a fixed fee for your matter. They will then handle the matter personally all the way through from initial meeting to a conclusion. 

We provide assistance with the following UK immigration applications (and appeals):

Personal Immigration

Work visas (including Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5)

EU settlement scheme applications

Spouse and other family visa applications

Visitor visa applications

Human Rights applications

Tier 4 student visa applications

Citizenship and naturalisation applications

Appealing against immigration decisions (including review and Judicial Review applications)

Business Immigration

Sponsor licence applications

Tiers 1, 2 and Tier 5 work visas 

Our fees

Advisa Solicitors is required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to provide costs information about the work that we do. 

We pride ourselves on consistency and transparency with regard to our fees. In the majority of cases we will be able to quote you a fixed fee to complete your matter. The costs information provided should not be regarded as definitive to a particular case. We will need more information about a specific case in order to confirm the precise fixed fee. The key factor influencing the final cost quoted will be the complexity of the matter. Other factors such as the number of applicants or the amount of documentation involved may also impact on the fees that we quote. We will try to quote you with our fixed fee when we first speak to you and will always provide a fee quote before charging you any fees. In rare cases where unforeseen complexity arises in a matter or where you require us to carry out additional work outside of the scope of our original agreement with you, we will inform you of this without delay and will provide you with revised costs information. 

Visa and leave to remain applications (all categories including EU settlement scheme applications and indefinite leave to remain applications)

Estimated legal fees between £1500 and £2500 plus vat plus approximately £250 + vat per dependant. 

This fee includes:

  • 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 and where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as bank statements and supporting letters from family members);

  • Preparing and submitting the application;

  • Uploading supporting documents (where appropriate);

  • Booking a UKVCAS appointment;

  • Advising on the progress and outcome of the application and liaising with the Home Office as required;

This fee does not include 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:

  • Home Office fees and UKVCAS appointment fees (Home Office fees vary from approximately £900 - £2400 depending on the application type and include an additional premium of approximately £500 for using a premium service to speed up the processing time);

  • NHS surcharge (£400 per year of visa grant is usually payable unless an exemption applies);

  • Interpreter’s fees (which are approximately £30-£40 plus vat / hour or clients can bring someone to translate / 1-2 hours is usually sufficient);

  • Independent experts 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 necessary.

The costs quoted here do not include any advice and assistance in relation to any appeal where the Home Office refuse your application (see appeals below).

Citizenship and naturalisation applications

Estimated legal fees between £900 and £1200 plus vat per applicant. 

This fee includes:

  • 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 Nationality Laws 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 and where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as bank statements and supporting letters from family members);

  • Preparing and submitting the application;

  • Uploading supporting documents (where appropriate);

  • Booking a UKVCAS appointment;

  • Advising on the progress and outcome of the application and liaising with the Home Office as required;

This fee does not include 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:

  • Home Office fees and UKVCAS appointment fees (currently £1363 and UKVCA appointment fees);

  • Interpreter’s fees (which are approximately £30-£40 plus vat / hour or clients can bring someone to translate / 1-2 hours is usually sufficient);

  • Independent experts 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 necessary.

The costs quoted here do not include any advice and assistance in relation to any review application where the Home Office refuse your application.

Sponsor licence applications

Estimated legal fees between £3000 and £4000 plus vat.

This fee includes:

  • Discussing your firm’s circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to your firm;

  • Giving you advice about the requirements of the Rules and duties relating to sponsoring migrants;

  • Advising in relation to the scope for how future prospective employees may fulfil certain criteria;

  • Considering the supporting evidence you have provided and where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as bank statements and Companies House documents);

  • Preparing and submitting the application;

  • Advising on the progress and outcome of the application and liaising with the Home Office as required;

This fee does not include 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:

  • Home Office fees and UKVCAS appointment fees (Home Office fees are currently either £536 or £1476 depending on the size of business);

  • Interpreter’s fees (which are approximately £30-£40 plus vat / hour or clients can bring someone to translate / 1-2 hours is usually sufficient);

The costs quoted here do not include any advice and assistance in relation to any appeal where the Home Office refuse your application.

Appeal matters

Estimated legal fees between £2000 and £3000 plus vat. plus approximately £200 + vat per additional family member joined to the appeal.

This fee includes:

  • Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate appeal for you to make and what other alternative options may be available to you such as a new application;

  • Giving you advice about the Immigration Rules and caselaw relating to your appeal and on the strengths and weaknesses of the appeal and on how to overcome the weaknesses; 

  • Considering the supporting evidence you have provided and where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as bank statements and expert reports);

  • Preparing and submitting the appeal;

  • Preparing witness statements and submitting appeal bundles;

  • Instructing counsel;

  • Liaising with counsel and the Tribunal as required;

  • Advising on the decision from the Tribunal and on further appeal rights if necessary;

This fee does not include 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:

  • Tribunal fees (£140 per person);

  • Interpreter’s fees (which are approximately £30-£40 plus vat / hour or clients can bring someone to translate / 2-3 hours is usually sufficient);

  • Independent experts 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 necessary.

  • Counsel fees (approximately £750 plus vat);

The costs quoted here do not include assisting with onward appeals to the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal (we will advise on any further costs related to onward appeals at the start of each matter).

Document checking service

As an alternative we can in many cases provide a document checking service for 25% of the fees quoted above (£200-£600 plus vat). This fee includes:

  • 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;

  • Checking application forms and supporting documents and advising on eligibility and the prospects of success;

  • Advising on any further documents required and liaising following the meeting to check any further documents arising prior to submission of application.

This fee does not include disbursements. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as visa fees:

  • Home Office fees and UKVCAS appointment fees;

  • Interpreter’s fees (which are approximately £30-£40 plus vat / hour or clients can bring someone to translate / 1-2 hours is usually sufficient);

  • Independent experts reports e.g. medical experts;

Other work not included as part of the document checking service: 

  • Preparing and submitting the application;

  • Work required to challenge an unsuccessful decision (see appeals above).

VAT

The current VAT rate in the UK is 20%. Clients based outside of the UK are likely to be exempt from VAT.

Timescales

We will usually be able to submit applications within one week of being provided with the required documents. We will let you know if we may take longer than this for any reason. We will provide an estimate for how long the Home Office will take to decide the application but we cannot provide any guarantee of their processing times including in cases where priority services are purchased.

 

 

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