We are a privately funded practice.
We are committed from the outset to ensure that you understand the services that we provide and the cost.
Here is a list of fees that we charge for different types of immigration matters.
|Initial Consultation Home Visits||£275|
|Initial Consultation in Prison or Detention Centre||£500|
|In Country applications (FLR (FP), FLR(O), FLR (M),FLR ( DL))||£1,000-1,750|
|Applications for Settlement (SET (M), SET (0), SET (F))||£950-1,750|
|Entry Clearance Applications||£950-1,750|
|Deportation (including responding to liability questionnaires, revocation requests)||£1,000-1,250|
|Points Based Applications||£2,500-3,500|
|Applications for British Citizenship||£1,000-1,250|
|Travel Document Applications||£250|
|Appeals to First Tier Tribunal||£2,750-4,500|
|Permission to Appeal to Upper Tribunal, error of law hearings||£750-1,000|
(* Pre-Action Letter £500)
Our legal fees can be based on an hourly rate charged by the solicitor who will be dealing with your case. The more experience that a solicitor has then the higher their hourly rate. Smita Bajaria has been a practising solicitor since 1992 and specialises in immigration law. She has extensive experience all immigration applications from the initial application stage through to first stage appeals and the higher courts.
Many of our clients prefer to pay fixed (or agreed) fees because they know from the start what they must pay in total.
Sometimes, if we cannot provide a fixed fee quote then we will give you the best estimate regarding the likely future costs of your case. Our fees are reasonable and competitive based on our experience and ability to ensure that your case will be given the attention and care that it deserves.
Every case is different and so we are always able to discuss with you what you need us to do. If there is urgency we will tell you how quickly we can act on your behalf. If you want us to prepare an application for you then we will set out what evidence, you need and when you need to bring that to us for the application to be submitted.
The range of fees that we have provided also allows us to deal with more complicated cases that involve reading through large volumes of documents where there has been a long history of applications and court proceedings.
The prices that we have quoted do not include disbursements. These can form part of your application if we instruct a third party to work on your case. These can include:
- A doctor or independent social worker or country expert
- Obtaining your medical records
- Barristers who will represent you at court hearings and sometimes advise you in meetings before your case is heard
- Court fees
- Travel expenses
We contact these third parties on your behalf and ask them to provide us with information about their expertise and what they will charge for their services. We then tell you in writing what the cost will be and go on to agree any final fees with them with your agreement.
Home Office appeals also require an appeal fee that is payable by you either when an appeal is lodged or later, but you must agree on the notice of appeal that you know you are liable to pay the appeal fee.
Most Home Office applications ( whether from abroad or in country) also require you to pay fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge before your application is treated as being valid. We ask you to make sure that you can pay those fees directly to the Home Office and work with you to provide the correct payment details on the application form.
We do not charge VAT.
We also carry out work under Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA’S). This is very often in relation to judicial review claims. These agreements provide for your fees or any part of them to be paid only in certain circumstances. This will usually be if you win your case.
Initial consultations are always the best place to start. They allow you to be given the best advice possible about your case and the cost. They can be one-off or can lead to us being able to carry out further work on your behalf. We have advised many clients who require advice on how to regularise their immigration status, make applications for further leave to remain, second opinions if they have been disappointed by a previous advisor and on appeals and judicial review.
These consultations generally take about 90 minutes. Before you arrive, we tell you to bring to the meeting any relevant documents about your case because our aim is to advise as best we can at the first meeting.
We have a private meeting room at our offices. Sometimes clients are unable to travel to the office, so we can arrange home visits. These are subject to our health and safety policy. We also visit clients in prisons and immigration detention centres. Our fees for these visits outside of the office also reflect the time we spend travelling and our travel expenses will also be charged as a disbursement.
We talk to you in detail about your case, advise you on the merits of any application that you wish to make or have pending and or any urgent time limits that need to be complied with and what steps we can take on your behalf. We always follow up this meeting with a detailed letter of advice and that helps you understand your case better and what needs to be done to progress the case and or start a new case. That letter acts as a useful tool for you and us if we are then asked to do further work on your behalf.
If we still need more information from you then we will ask you to send that to us before we can advise you in writing.
The applications that we submit on behalf of our clients to the Home Office are well prepared and very thorough. We meet with you and go through the evidence and prepare the application form. We explain what the Home Office guidance tells their caseworkers about certain types of application so that you know we can address that on your case.
We never take any chances and assume the Home Office can wait for additional evidence or that they will ask for more information from us before they reach a decision. At the time we submit your application it will contain up to date evidence and completely in line with what is required so that it is treated as a valid application. If you are unable to provide all the evidence then we will let the Home Office know that it will follow.
It is hard to say when a final decision will be taken on your case by the Home Office. Some applications can take 4- 6 weeks whilst others can take anything between 6 – 18 months. We have case systems that allow us to check on delay in decision making and will send letters to the Home Office requesting decisions.
It is always important to note that in immigration cases you will have to make any further leave application before your current leave expires, respond to requests for biometrics, providing further information before a decision is made and lodging appeals on time.
Preparing for appeals before the First Tier Tribunal also demands a focused and detailed approach. A right of appeal is so very important and therefore your appeal will require further meetings with us to take detailed witness statements from you and any witnesses, instructing experts, obtaining medical records, preparing your appeal bundle, lodging that in accordance with the time limit set by the First Tier Tribunal and arranging for you to have a barrister at the hearing.
If you lose your appeal before the First Tier Tribunal then we can advise you on your further right of appeal to the Upper Tribunal. That will involve further work including lodging grounds of appeal. If you are given permission to appeal then there will be a hearing before the Upper Tribunal.
Judicial review claims are expensive. Before any proceedings are issued in Court you have to comply with the Pre- Action Protocol. This is a letter in which you need to set out your claim and why you think a Home Office decision is unlawful. The letter is sent to the lawyers acting for the Home Office and they are given a set time to respond by withdrawing the decision. If they do not respond then proceedings can be issued. Sometimes a pre-action letter can provide you with the result that you want without having to issue a claim.