North Star Law Immigration team: fees and other costs
We offer consultations for a fixed fee of £350, plus VAT. This will typically involve meeting with you to:
- review the facts of your particular circumstances, and
- advise you how best to proceed in respect of your immigration status in the UK, or the options available to you. This may include us recommending that we do further research before we can make any finite recommendations, and if so such work would be charged on an hourly rate.
Fixed fees and hourly rates
We will usually agree a fixed fee with you to assist with an immigration application – see below table below.
In some circumstances we will charge an hourly rate and in such instances the costs are:
- immigration solicitors £300 per hour (+ vat)
- trainees £150 per hour (+ vat)
- paralegals £100 per hour (+vat)
When we are instructed on an hourly rate bases we try to give you a full estimate before you agree to instruct us.
Our typical fixed fee ranges for immigration applications for one person are (all fees are exclusive of VAT, unless this is not chargeable):
|Application type||Typical fixed fee/range|
|Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)||1,200|
|Tier 2 (General)||1,500 – 3,000|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) (including endorsement application)||4,000|
|Tier 1 (Investor)||8,000 – 20,000|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)||8,000 – 20,000|
|UK ancestry||1,500 – 2,000|
|Representative of an overseas business||2,000 – 4,000|
|Visitor (including for business or to visit family in the UK)||750 – 2,500|
|Student||1,500 – 3,000|
|Partner of a British citizen/settled person||2,000 – 3,000|
|Child of a British citizen/settled person||2,000 – 3,000|
|Parent of a child of a British citizen/settled person||2,000 – 3,000|
|Naturalisation as a British citizen||2,000 – 10,000|
|Registration of a child as a British citizen||2,000 – 10,000|
|EEA application: permanent residence||1,500 – 3,000|
|EEA application: retained rights of residence for a family member||3,000|
|EEA residence card or family permit for a family member of an EEA national||1,000 – 3,000|
We are also happy to agree fixed fees in relation to other types of matter, such as Tiers 2 and 5 sponsorship licence matters, and administrative reviews, appeals and judicial reviews of Home Office decisions. These fixed fees will be based on the estimated time to completion of the matter, based on our hourly rate of £300 per hour, plus VAT. They will depend on the particular circumstances of the client, but the factors which are relevant to the level of these fees are similar to those listed below for immigration applications.
What a lower end fixed fee covers
Our fixed fees are based, at the lower end, on work that will be carried out in a standard application, to include:
- meeting you or speaking on the telephone to take detailed instructions on your situation
- advising you on which is the appropriate immigration application in your circumstances, and whether your application meets the relevant legal requirements
- considering relevant documents
- advising on the relevant application process
- preparing and assisting with the submission of your application, including completing the relevant application form and requesting and reviewing or drafting relevant documents
- advising you on timelines and the outcome of the application
- liaising with the UKVI about your application, including writing a cover letter for your application
What may require a higher fixed fee?
Our fixed fees may be higher where one or more of various factors make the matter more complicated than a standard application, including:
- if there are particular practical aspects to your application that will require additional work to a standard application, eg:
- where you travel frequently
- where there are relevant parties in different countries
- where there is a requirement for urgent/expedited assistance
- whether it is a fast tracked/premium service
- if there are aspects of your case which are legally or factually complex/do not clearly meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules or other relevant law
- if you have a complex immigration history/you are an overstayer/have a criminal record
- the number of supporting documents, statements/letters to be prepared and/or reviewed
- if expert evidence is required, which will involve us liaising with a relevant expert and reviewing the report
- if the application will require our personal attendance, eg at a UKVI interview or application centre
- if there are dependants, their number and if there are any complicating factors in relation to their applications
- if a partner is an unmarried partner, as this will require additional evidence, e.g. of cohabitation
- bespoke additional services agreed with our client on a case by case basis
What services will not be included in the fixed fee?
Unless we confirm otherwise, our fixed fee will not include:
- assistance with document procurement from overseas authorities
- advice on whether there are any tax or other fiscal implications of the application; or whether an application may have any implications for other citizenships held*
- any work after an application is submitted other than advice on a successful outcome, in particular:
- advice and assistance in relation to any rejection or refusal of an application (eg administrative review, appeal or other form of challenge)
- dealing with non-standard requests for additional documents or further information sent by the UKVI
*We would be happy to refer you for advice on these matters to the North Star Law private client team, and to relevant nationality lawyers from other jurisdictions.
What other costs may there be?
In most applications, the main additional costs will be:
- UKVI application fees, including, where relevant, the Immigration Health Surcharge, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table
- third party application processing costs, including priority processing charges:
- interpreters and translation costs; we will advise what these are on a case by case basis
- copying/scanning and postage fees; when we are scanning/ copying a large number of documents for you, we will make a one-off administrative charge of £50 to cover our costs relating to scanning/ copying your documents
- postage costs
- travel costs
How long will the application take?
The time taken to submit your application from the point of initial instruction will depend upon your particular circumstances, and we will confirm the relevant time frames to you.
UKVI decision-making times will depend on the type of application, where it is submitted, and whether any priority services are used. Standard processing times are published by the UKVI:
- for overseas immigration applications, on their Visa Processing Times tool: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times
- for immigration applications made in the UK, in the relevant category guide: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration
Who will be carrying out the work: team qualifications and experience
Work on your case will be carried out by a solicitor, with the assistance of trainee solicitors or paralegals. Information on the team members can be found on the team website page. For further information please contact Helen Smith.