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Guide to our fees

Ashfield Solicitors is one of the most specialist immigration law firms in London. We offer an effective legal service, tailored to the precise needs of each client, giving focused and decisive advice on both the technical and practical aspects of immigration law and policy. We provide strategic guidance on all available immigration options and the best courses of action for each client. Founded on our commitment to excellence, we pride ourselves on the quality and speed of our services. To ensure our clients and our potential clients have the information they need to make informed choices about the services offered by Ashfield Solicitors, we set out below a guide to our prices.

 

As a specialist immigration firm, we undertake the broadest range of immigration work and this guide deals largely with the work that we undertake on behalf of members of the public. We guide clients and their families through the full immigration process, from visa/entry clearance applications, extension applications, to indefinite leave to remain (ILR), to obtaining British citizenship and passports. We have extensive knowledge of advising individuals on human rights claims and appeals.

 

We do not provide a generic service - we understand every client is different and so always provide a personalised service with solutions tailored to the client’s priorities and preferences. Once we have an understanding of the issues, complexities and urgencies around individual case we will provide you with a bespoke quote.

 

The information below relates to these circumstances and these are indicated as such in this guide.

Depending on the type of application and the client’s circumstances, our work is charged on an agreed fee basis, ensuring transparency from the outset, with no hidden charges or additional costs. An agreed fee is, which will not be varied up or down, and is not dependent on the application being successful. As set out below, any disbursements or expenses (costs that we incur on your behalf or for the purposes of carrying out our work) are payable in addition to our fees.  In the event of your instructions being withdrawn prior to the submission of the application, the fixed fee, together with any disbursements and expenses, will remain payable in full. After having agreed a fee, if you withdraw instruction, we will not issue any refund.

Scope of work

Our agreed fees typically include:

  • taking your instructions;
  • understanding your circumstances, priorities and immigration goals;
  • assessing the routes available and developing a tailored strategic plan;
  • providing you with detailed advice on the criteria, evidence and procedure requirements for your application,
  • preparing the relevant application form;
  • reviewing all supporting documentation;
  • providing written supporting legal representations to be submitted with your application;
  • liaising with the Home Office as required with regard to the application; and
  • providing you with further detailed advice on the next steps once the application has been decided.

Key stages

Our lawyers provide strategic alternatives and procedural timing options right for the circumstances of each client, and although the majority of immigration applications follow three key stages, the time frame for each will depend on the type of application, country where the application is being submitted, the type of service chosen, and any specific complexities related to the matter.

Stage 1 - Obtaining instructions, providing strategic advice and preparation of application.

Factoring in the needs of each client, the completion of stage 1 can takes from a few days to a few weeks/months depending on the individual circumstances and the timings of the strategic plan agreed.

Stage 2 - Submission of application, consideration and decision-making by the Home Office.

Home Office processing times can vary between 24 hours to more than six months, depending on the type of application, the availability of premium services, the country from which the application is made, and any case-specific complexities

Stage 3 - Post-decision advice.

Once an application has been decided we promptly provide post-decision advice, explaining the next steps.

The circumstances of each individual applicant is unique and it is notoriously difficult to provide a single price which would cover all eventualities, so when considering whether or not you would like to engage our services for any of the applications set out in the guide below, it is essential to take careful note of the following information:

 

Value Added Tax  (VAT)

All of the prices quoted in this guide exclude VAT, which is charged at 20%. This is charged at the prevailing rate and is payable on our fees and on most expenses which we are likely to incur on your behalf.  There may be some situations in which VAT is not payable.  We can provide guidance on this.

 

What is included in the Prices in Guide

These fees represent our professional fees; in other words, this is the amount that we will charge for the legal work that our firm will undertake on your case. Due to the individual nature of each application, the services provided to each client may differ. Generally, in each standard application, our services will involve

  • 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;
  • advising you about the relevant law and procedures, requirements of the Immigration Rules, EEA Regulations or citizenship 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, the amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents;
  • where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such

    The fees quoted below are for standard applications, except where specified. More complex matters will attract higher fees, but we will always advise you on this.

     

    Becoming a British Citizen

    Once a migrant meets certain residence and eligibility criteria including a minimum residence and good character requirements, he/she may apply to naturalise as a British citizen. In certain scenarios, adults and children may be able to acquire British citizenship by ‘registration’.  The agreed fee will depend upon the specific type of naturalisation/registration application as well as the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.  Complex cases, for example, those with substantial excess absences or good character issues.

     

    Naturalise as British Citizen  - Available to individuals who have already obtained settled status in the UK (either Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain) and held it for 12 months. We will charge you a fee from £600-£1300 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Naturalise as British Citizen  - Available to individuals who have already obtained settled status in the UK (either Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain) and are married to a British Citizen. We will charge you a fee from £600-£1300 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Nationality plus passport - We will charge you a fee from £1200-1500 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Register a Child as a British Citizen - Available to children under 18 years old who wish to obtain British nationality . We will charge you a fee from £700 -£1300 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    British Passport – after your naturalisation if you wish to apply for your first British passport our agreed fee is £500-800 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Family members of British Citizens / settled persons

    Available for those who are family members of British citizens who wish to reside in the UK on this basis. Immigration permission is available for overseas family members of British citizens or individuals settled in the UK.

     

    Spouse or partner

    An overseas spouse or unmarried partner of a person settled in the UK may be able to apply for immigration permission to join their spouse or partner in the UK. Both the applicant and partner must be 18 or over and the applicant must meet the relevant financial requirement. 

     

    Our fees for entry clearance / Leave to remain application as a spouse of a settled person where the financial requirement is being satisfied only through employment of the sponsor is starting from £900 - £1500 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Our fees for entry clearance / Leave to remain application as a spouse of a settled person where the financial requirement is being satisfied through self-employment, rental income or savings of the sponsor/applicant is starting from £1,200 - £2000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Fiancée

    We will charge you a fee from £1,000 - £2000 plus VAT* for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance application as a fiancé(e) of a settled person where the financial requirement is being satisfied only through employment of the sponsor. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    We will charge you a fee from £1,200 - £2000 plus VAT* for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance application as a fiancé(e) of a settled person where the financial requirement is being satisfied through self-employment, rental income or savings of the sponsor/applicant. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Unmarried Partner

    We will charge you a fee from £1,200 - £2000 plus VAT* for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance / leave to remain application as an unmarried partner of a settled person where the financial requirement is being satisfied through employment of the  sponsor/applicant.

    If the financial requirement is satisfied by self-employment, rental income or savings of the sponsor/applicant  the agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Parent

    An overseas parent of a British child or a child settled in the UK may apply to live with their child in the UK. The child must be under 18 and the applicant must have sole or shared parental responsibility.

     Our fees for individual parent of a person settled in the UK applications fee starts from £1,000-£2000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities

     

    Child

    An overseas child of a person settled in the UK may apply for immigration permission if they are unmarried and under 18. If a child is 18 or older, they may apply for an extension in this category, however they must demonstrate that they do not live an independent life.

    Our fees for individual parent of a person settled in the UK applications fee starts from £900 - 2000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities

     

    Settlement under Immigration Rules - indefinite leave to remain in the UK

    Migrants in eligible categories may apply to obtain ILR (i.e. to settle in the UK), once they satisfy certain conditions including continuous residence in the UK, knowledge of English language and life in the UK, and an intention to settle in the UK.

    Our fees for Indefinite Leave to remain application as a spouse of a settled person where the financial requirement is being satisfied only through employment of the sponsor/applicant is starting from £900 - 1,500 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

    Our fees for Indefinite leave to remain application as a spouse of a settled person where the financial requirement is being satisfied through self-employment, rental income or savings of the sponsor/applicant is starting from £1,200 - £.2,000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

    Long residence in the UK

    Once a migrant has lived in the UK continuously and lawfully for ten years, he/she may apply to settle in the UK on this basis.

    Our fees for long residence ILR applications typically range between £1000 - £2500 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the specific type of  application as well as the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.  Complex cases, for example, those with substantial excess absences or good character issues.

    Our fees for individual ILR applications typically range between £1200 - £3000 plus VAT* depending upon the type of application (for example Tier 2 ILR applications are likely to be on the lower end of the range and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) accelerated ILR applications are likely to be on the higher end of the range) as well as the specific issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

    Appendix FM - Indefinite Leave to Remain (settlement) £1,500 - £3,000 plus VAT* (complex)

     

    Adult dependant relative

    An overseas adult relative of a person settled in the UK may apply for immigration permission if they require long-term care from their relative in the UK. The applicant may receive care from a UK resident parent, sibling, child or grandchild.  Our fees for adult dependant relative  applications fee starts from £1,000 - £2,000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities.

     

    Domestic worker

    Visas for domestic workers in private households enable individuals to apply for permission to visit the UK with their employers so they may continue working in their domestic capacity. Domestic workers can include cleaners, cooks, chauffeurs, personal carers and nannies. Our fees for individual Domestic Worker applications typically range between £900 - £1500 plus VAT* depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Tier 2 (General)

    The Government operates a system of sponsorship for the employment of highly skilled non-EEA nationals in the UK (Tier 2). The employing organisation acts as the ‘sponsor’ and must first obtain a sponsor licence in order to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) to highly skilled workers it wishes to employ. These certificates allow the prospective employees (and certain close family members) to apply for immigration permission under the relevant Tier 2 sub-category.

     

    Sponsor Licence applications typically range between £1000 - £2,500 plus VAT* depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a skilled job in the UK our fees as follows: (All fees are depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved)

    • Tier 2 (General) Entry Clearance £900 - £1,500 plus VAT*
    • Tier 2 (General) Leave to Remain £900-1,500 plus VAT*

    Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant - Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a role in a UK branch from their overseas employer

    • Tier 2 (ICT) Entry Clearance £1,200 - £1,500 plus VAT*
    • Tier 2 (ICT) Leave to Remain £1,200- £1,500 plus VAT*
    • Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain. Only available to Tier 2 General, Sportsperson or Minister of Religion migrants who have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK £1,200- £2,000 plus VAT* depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Residing in the UK as an European Economic Area (EEA)  national or family member of an EEA national

    Our fees for individual applications under the EEA Regulations  depending upon the exact type of application (for example a PR application based on continuous employment would be at the lower end of the range whereas complex derivative rights of residence cases are likely to be on the higher end of the range) as well as the specific issues, complexities and urgencies involved.

     

    Our agreed fees for individual EEA applications as follows:

     

    EEA Family Permit

    Available if you are a family member  of an EEA national wanting to enter the UK

    £900 - £1,500 plus VAT*

    £1500-£2500 plus VAT* (complex)

     

    EEA Registration Certificate 

    Available for EEA nationals currently residing in the UK to confirm status in the UK

    £600- £1,000 plus VAT*

    £1,000-£2,000 plus VAT* (complex)

     

    EEA Residence Card

    Available to family members of an EEA national to confirm status in the UK

    £900 - £2,000 plus VAT*

    £2,000-£3,000 plus VAT* (complex)

     

    EEA Permanent Residence (PR)

    Available to EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals who have been residing in the UK for 5 continuous years.

     

    Our fees for EEA Permanent Residency satisfying through only employment is starting from £900-£1,300 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Our fees for EEA Permanent Residency satisfying through mix of student, employment, self-employment, self-sufficient is starting from £1,200 - £2000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.  

     

    Our fees for complex EEA Permanent Residency satisfying through mix of student, employment, self-employment, self-sufficient is starting from £1,200 - £2500 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

    EEA Family member

     

    Our agreed fees for EEA family member ( Spouse, Child)  applying at the same time as the main applicant range between £500 - £1,000 plus VAT* depending upon the complexity of application.

     

    Our fees for EEA family member applying separately from the main applicant start from £1,000 plus VAT* and disbursements. Depending on the circumstances of the case, we may be able to offer a reduction if more than one dependant are applying at the same time.

     

    EEA Permanent Residence  + Nationality + Passport  £3,000 - £4000 plus VAT*

    EEA Permanent Residence  + Nationality + Passport  £4,000- £5000 plus VAT* (complex)

     

    Sole Representative of overseas Business.

     

    Employees of overseas businesses may apply for immigration permission to enter the UK: Available to applicants who are the representative of an overseas company and plan to set up a UK branch/ subsidiary Also available for employees of a news agency on a long-term assignment to the UK .

    Our agreed fee for Sole representative of overseas business is £1500 -3000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Students – over 16 years old

     

    The Tier 4 (General) sub-category is designed to enable overseas citizens aged 16 and over, to study in the UK at a university or college that holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence. Available to students who have been offered an unconditional offer for a course at the required level by an education provider, who is recognised as a Tier 4 Sponsor by the Home Office. 

     

    Our fees for individual Tier 4 applications typically range between £800 - £1500 plus VAT* and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved. 

     

    Our fees for Parent of a Child at School £1,000 - £2,000 plus VAT* and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved. 

     

    Family members of applicants under the Points-Based-System

     

    Applying with or to join a family member who is making an application/ already granted with a visa under the Points-Based-System (PBS).

    PBS Dependant Entry Clearance /PBS Dependant In-Country Switch from £1,000 plus VAT* for first dependant £500 plus VAT* for each additional dependant applying PBS Dependant Extension£1,000 plus VAT for first dependant £500 plus VAT* for each additional dependant applying

    PBS Dependant Indefinite Leave to Remain £1,300 plus VAT* for first dependant £500 plus VAT* for each additional dependant applying

     

    Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – indefinite leave

    Available to those who hold settled status (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK. You can apply for a BRP to replace the visa held within your passport. Our agreed fees for individual applications as follows:

    No Time Limit Application -£800 - £1,200 plus VAT*

    No Time Limit Application -£1,300 - £2,000 plus VAT* (complex)

     

    People who have limited leave endorsed in a passport that is lost, stolen, damaged or due to expire can have their leave transferred to a BRP.

    Transfer of Conditions £600 - £1,000 plus VAT*

    BRP is lost or stolen    £600 - £1,000 plus VAT*

    BRP Replacement        £750 - £1,000 plus VAT*

     

    Visiting the UK

    If you are visiting the UK for any purpose (such as leisure or business), you may require a visit visa to enter the UK. The visitor provisions allow overseas nationals to visit the UK for a short period of time for leisure, business or another reason, for example to receive private medical treatment.

    Our agreed fixed fees for individual  visitor visa applications typically range between £600 - £1200 plus VAT* and disbursements, depending upon the exact type of application, complexities and urgencies involved.

    Discretionary application

    We often assist clients in cases where there appear to be no workable solution under the Immigration Rules, identifying potential areas of law we can challenge. We are often successful in getting applications approved on a discretionary basis, for example in cases where the migrant has overstayed for longer than the prescribed period or where they did not technically meet the requirements for extension under the rules but overall can show that they have made a significant  contribution to the UK.

     

    Our fees for Discretionary application in the UK applications fee starts from £1,000 - £3000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities. For our discretionary application services and fees, please contact us.

     

    Human rights application

    We have advised individuals in the most compelling and compassionate circumstances. We experienced in dealing with complex cases, often delivering innovative solutions with empathy and sensitivity. Our work in this sector includes advising overstayers, those who have entered the UK without permission, separated families, elderly dependants and incapacitated applicants as well as assisting with asylum claims, involving individuals from all walks of life.

     

    Our fees for applications under the Human rights  start from £1,500 – £3000 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will depend upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    Dependants

    We understand that being able to bring dependants with you is a vital consideration in the strategic planning of the immigration process. We offer comprehensive services for dependants from those of Tier 1 Investors to those in the most compelling and compassionate private life cases. 

     

    Our agreed fees for dependants applying at the same time as the main applicant range between £500 - £1,000 plus VAT* depending upon the type of application (for example Tier 2 spouses and children are likely to be on the lower end of the range, whereas complex cases involving unmarried partners or sole responsibility of a child are likely to be on the higher end of the range).

     

    Our fees for dependants applying separately from the main applicant start from £1,000 plus VAT and disbursements. Depending on the circumstances of the case, we may be able to offer a reduction if more than one dependant are applying at the same time.

     

    Challenging home office decisions

    Whilst we have an impeccable success rate with applications, as experts in immigration law we often advise clients whose applications have been refused. We deploy a variety of tactics to get the decision overturned, including:

    • requesting reconsideration
    • administrative review
    • appeal to the Immigration First-Tier and Upper Tribunals
    • judicial review

     

    Certain types of refused applications can be appealed using the First-Tier Tribunal.( Human rights claims and under the EEA Regulations). For the key stages of the First-Tier Tribunal appeal process, please see below:

     

    Stage 1

    Obtaining instructions, providing strategic advice and preparing appeal form, including grounds of appeal.  Appeals must be submitted within a limited timeframe depending on whether the application was made in-country or from outside of the UK. In-country appeals must usually be lodged within 14 days and out of country appeals must generally be lodged no later than 28 days.

     

    Stage 2 

    Tribunal processing and listing of appeal. First-Tier Tribunal appeals are currently listed approximately 8-24 weeks from lodging the appeal. We will prepare your appeal bundle and all the supporting documents for the hearing at First Tier Tribunal.

     

    Stage 3 

    Appeal hearing-An appeal can be decided on the day or alternatively, judgment may be reserved with a decision following in the post a few weeks after the hearing.

     

    Stage 4 

    Post-decision advice. Once an appeal has been decided we promptly provide post-decision advice, explaining the next steps.

     

    The time taken to prepare an appeal varies considerably depending on the issues of the appeal. Depending on individual circumstances, we may be able to offer assistance with separate stages of the appeal process. For example, our fees for Stage 1 typically start from £1,500 -£2000 plus VAT* and disbursements.  Stage 3 start from £1500-£2500 plus vat* and disbursements.

     

    Our fees for managing the entire First-Tier Tribunal appeal process typically range between £2,000- £5000 plus VAT and  depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

     

    For the appeal hearing itself it is our usual practice to instruct high quality barristers to represent you. We work closely with the barrister and in most appeals will arrange a meeting with you and the barrister prior to the hearing. We will discuss with you the options and offer you a range of experience and price. Costs for the barrister are likely to be in the range of £300-£2,000 plus VAT* if payable depending on the experience of the barrister.

     

    Judicial Review

     

    Pre-Action Protocol Representations:

    We could submit Pre-Action Protocol to the Government Legal Department, Home Office before an application for permission to apply for Judicial Review can be filed in the Upper Tribunal or Administrative Court.

    Our agreed fixed fees for Pre-Action Protocol Representations to Home office typically range between £600 - £1200 plus VAT*. The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the paper application for permission to apply for Judicial Review is filed in the Upper Tribunal or Administrative Court.

     

    Paper application to the Upper Tribunal or Administrative Court for Permission to apply for Judicial Review

    Our fee for your paper application for permission to apply for Judicial Review is £1500 –£ 3000 plus VAT. *

     

    Renewal of an application (for oral hearing) to apply for Permission to apply for Judicial Review

    Our fee for  oral hearing  to apply for permission for Judicial Review is  £1000 –£ 2000 plus VAT*.

     

    Judicial Review Claim following grant of permission

    Our fee for judicial review claim following grant of permission is  £1000 –£ 2500 plus VAT. *

     

    (Above fees will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. Court fee, Barrister’s fee to draft the pre-action protocol letter and/or Judicial Review grounds, to appear before the Upper Tribunal Immigration Judge at the date of hearing, translation of documents, Medical Reports, expert report etc.)

     

    Investor applications

     

    Applying to reside in the UK on the basis of investing either £2,000,000, £5,000,000, £10,000,000 or more in UK government bonds,

    Tier 1 (Investor) - Entry Clearance £2,000 - £3,000 plus VAT*

    Tier 1 (Investor) - In-Country Switch £2,000 - £3,000 plus VAT*

    Tier 1 (Investor) – Extension £2,000 - £3,000 plus VAT*

    Tier 1 (Investor) - Indefinite Leave to Remain £4,000 - £5,000 plus VAT*

     

    Entrepreneur applications

    Applying to reside in the UK on the basis of wanting to set up or run a business in the UK and having access to at least  £200,000. Our fees for individual Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applications typically range between £1000- £2000 plus VAT and disbursements depending upon whether the application is for initial leave, an extension or indefinite leave to remain in the UK (ILR) as well as on the specific issues, urgencies and complexities involved. 

     

    Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) - Entry Clearance £1000 - £2500 plus VAT*

    Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) - In-Country Switch £1000 - £2500 plus VAT*

    Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Extension £1500 - £2500 plus VAT*

    Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) - Indefinite Leave to Remain £1500 - £2500 plus VAT*

     

    *Fee ranges are provided as an indicative guide only. Fees quoted may be lower or higher than the ranges given, depending on the individual circumstances of each case. For a bespoke quote, please contact us.