Immigration Costs for Individuals.

This page provides information about the range of costs for my services.  In every case, the basis of charging will be agreed after an initial discussion about your requirements and assessment of the work involved.

Immigration Costs

Every application is unique and there are many factors that influence whether an application is accepted or refused by the Home Office.  Our costs are payable irrespective of the outcome of your application.  The information below provides an indication of our fixed costs for handling personal immigration applications.

After an initial no obligation and free of charge discussion with you about your potential application we will confirm our fixed fee.  Costs are payable in two instalments – the first when we have taken your full instructions and the balance when the application is submitted.  VAT is payable on all fees unless your circumstances mean that you are exempt from the payment of VAT.

The fees detailed below exclude any disbursements related to your application.  The possible disbursements are set out in the Disbursements section of this Policy.

Type of application

Fee for main applicant*

Fee per dependant application*

Skilled worker entry clearance, extensions or switching

£2,000

£750

Family visa entry clearance, extensions or switching

£2,500

£750

Indefinite leave to remain

£2,500

£1,000

British citizenship/naturalisation

£2,000

£1,000

Visitor Visa (including tourism, business visitor, marriage visitor and permitted paid engagements)

£1,000

£1,000

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* VAT may be payable in addition to our fee. We will advise you at the outset of your application if VAT is payable or if you are exempt.

Summary of our services

The required steps will vary depending on the nature of your application. The procedural steps applicable to the majority of applications are as follows:

  • Taking your detailed instructions
  • Providing a comprehensive list of the information and supporting documents required
  • Reviewing all papers and identifying any gaps or further information required
  • Preparing your draft application for approval together with a detailed covering letter and all supporting documents
  • Submission of your application and uploading all supporting documents
  • Arranging your biometrics appointment
  • Advice following receipt of the Home Office decision

Disbursements

Your application will require the payment of the Home Office fees which vary depending on whether you are applying from within the UK or outside, the length of your visa and whether you are also making applications for your dependants. Home Office fees are updated from time to time and the latest fees can be found here.

The following additional costs may be incurred, some of which you will required to pay directly to the third party supplying the service, and others we will pay on your behalf subject to you paying our invoice for these costs immediately on receipt of our invoice, plus VAT where applicable:

  • Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Approved English Language Certificate fees or other acceptable evidence of English language competence
  • Criminal records certificate
  • Tuberculosis certificate
  • Translation fees
  • Courier/postage fees
  • Life in the UK Test fees

We will advise you at the outset of your application of the likely disbursements.

Timescales

Most applications can be submitted to the Home Office within four weeks of you supplying the required information and documentation that we request from you.

The Home Office processing times for different applications vary and in some instances can be expedited by the payment of an additional priority processing fee. If there is a particular urgency to your application or you would like the process to be completed as quickly as possible, we will advise you of the options available.

We will advise you of the likely timescale for the Home Office processing of your application in our initial discussions with you. However, unless you are able to use a priority service, once an application has been submitted there is little that can be done to speed up the process.

Factors which may delay the processing of your application are:

  • Criminal convictions
  • An adverse or complex past immigration history including previous refused applications; periods of overstaying in respect of previous visa permissions or other breaches of the UK’s immigration rules
  • Any change in your circumstances during the application process
  • Failure to disclose relevant information
  • Dishonesty or matters impacting your good character.