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Price and services notice for Immigration Matters

The overall cost of an immigration matter will depend on the nature, complexity and circumstances of the case. However, clients will always be informed of the likely cost that will be incurred in achieving their objective at the outset, which is summarised as follows:

Initial Consultation:  The cost for a first meeting, for up to an hour and a half is for a fixed sum of £100.00 + VAT (a total of £120). The purpose of the initial meeting is for the clients to assess their matter, to be better informed about their legal rights and options and to consider the likely costs involved.

Hourly Rate: After the initial consultation, an hourly rate of £200.00 + VAT (a total of £240) will apply.

General costs guidance:

An application for a visit visa may take 6-8 weeks to conclude. This means that on average costs are likely to be around £700 + VAT (a total of £840) for one visitor. For family or group visit visas, costs will be dependent on the circumstances of the application and documentary evidence required. The average costs are likely to be around £1,500 + VAT (a total of £1,800) for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.  If the family group is larger, please speak to Minara Hannan for costs. 

An application for a spouse visa can take 6-12 months to conclude. This means that on average costs are likely to be around £1,200 + VAT (a total of £1,440).

Representations to the Home Office may take 3-6 months for a response. This means that on average costs are likely to be around £700 + VAT (a total of £840).

A decision for a bail application may take three weeks. On average costs are likely to be around £700 + VAT (a total of £840).

An application for naturalisation can take 6-9 months to complete and to receive a decision. This means that on average costs are likely to be around £1,000 + VAT (a total of £1,200).

EEA applications for permanent residence can take 6-12 months to conclude and to receive a decision. This means that on average costs are likely to be around £700 + VAT (a total of £840) for one person. For family or group EEA applications costs will be dependent on the circumstances of the application and documentary evidence required. On average costs are likely to be around £1,500 + VAT (a total of £1,800).

An application for Settlement may take 6-12 months to conclude. This means that on average costs are likely to be around £700 + VAT (a total of £840) for a straightforward settlement application.

 

Time spent on the matter:
The amount of hours that will be spent on your matter will depend on the circumstances of the case, such as:

  1. The volume of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents.
  1. The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  2. The language(s) you speak; and if an interpreter is required
  3. Whether you are applying with other dependents
  4. The amount of time it takes for you to supply us with all the relevant documents
  5. Whether experts reports need to be obtained
  6. Home Office and embassy time scales
  7. Consideration of further evidence
  8. The complexity of your matter

Services that are included:

  1. 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
  2. Giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria
  3. If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how
  4. Considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will be considered at the first meeting
  5. Where necessary, helping you to obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses
  6. Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, time spent will be dependent on the complexity of the matter
  7. Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice and discuss the possibility of us attending with you at an appropriate time. This could be between half a day or a whole day
  8. Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

Disbursements:  are not included in costs set above. 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: You will be informed at the outset of any disbursements which will be dependent on the nature of the application you wish to make, such as:

  1. Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process. We are unable to confirm what the Secretary of State’s application costs are, as the Home Office are frequently updating their costs. Please refer to https://www.gov.uk/visa-fees for current prices;
  2. NHS registration charge  please refer to https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/how-much-pay for current costs;
  3. Independent expert 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 is necessary. The costs involved will be dependent on the nature of the evidence required;
  4. If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.
  5. If you wish to appeal the decision of the Home Office then you will be required to pay the Home Office appeal fee, please refer to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-and-appeals-tribunal-fees-t495 for current costs. You will also need to pay any related expenses for our travel to conduct your appeal at the Tribunal.

Other Costs:  the costs quoted here do not include:

  1. Preparing an appeal on your behalf to challenge the decision of the Home Office
  2. Conducting your appeal at the Tribunal
  3. Preparing a further appeal to the Upper Tribunal
  4. Challenging the Home Office appeal against a Judge’s determination in your favour. 

Duration of the application:
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times www.gov.uk\

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within the first week of you instructing us, subject to you supplying us with all the relevant documents and paying our fees and the Home Office fees in advance, we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate 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.

Experience & Qualifications

Minara Hannan qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and joined Tollers in 2017. Minara has worked in the field of immigration for over twelve years and has substantive experience in dealing with all aspects of private immigration matters. Her areas of expertise include dealing with matters such as:

  • Visitors Visas;
  • Staying in the UK on a visit after a divorce;
  • Leave to Remain;
  • Obtaining settlement via the parent route;
  • Over stayers and other ways of staying as a legal resident of UK;
  • Domestic violence route;
  • Asylum and refugees;
  • Bail applications and deportation;
  • Spouse Visa;
  • Article 8 and private life;
  • Best interests of children.

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