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Thank you for looking at our immigration law services. We work with both individuals and businesses on all types of visa applications, as well as naturalisation and all other immigration issues.
Immigration law can be particularly complicated with regular changes to take into account, so if you find yourself in the position where you need to deal with any aspect of immigration law, it is understandable to feel confused and overwhelmed.
Having expert legal assistance from our immigration lawyers can help clear things up and allow you to quickly and efficiently sort out any issues you are facing regarding a visa or other immigration issues, whether as an employer or as an individual.
Our Immigration team is headed up by Mortoza Chowdury. Mortoza was called to the Bar in 1999 and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. Mortoza is curently an unregistered Barrister. Mortoza has recently completed the Mediation course to be a Civil and Civil & Commercial Mediator.
Our experienced team have an established reputation and exceptional expertise in dealing with all immigration matter for business, individuals and families. We can assist you with everything from the simplest visa application to handling more complex immigration and judicial review matters.
The fees involved can vary depending on the complexity of the matter. Where possible, we can agree a fixed fee to deal with your matter, depending on the nature of the application. Alternatively, we work on the basis of time spent and charge hourly rates as set out below.
There are various issues we will need to consider when deciding what your total legal fees are likely to be. We will make this assessment and inform you of the likely overall fees at the outset and as your matter progresses, if we consider these fees will be exceeded.
Details of the likely fees involved, depending on the nature of work required, are set out below:
Immigration (excluding asylum claim)
£1,000 - £2,000
£200 - £400
£1,200 - £2,400 including VAT
Human Rights / Deportation / Extradition
Applications based on;
£1,500 - £2,500
£300 - £500
£1,800 - £3,000 including VAT
Appeal against the decision of the Secretary of State based on Immigration Rules and/or under the Human Rights Act 1998 at the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.
£1,500 - £3,000
£300 - £600
£1,800 - £3,600 including VAT
Challenging the lawfulness of the Secretary of State’s decision at the Administrative Court of the High Court of Justice or at the Upper Tribunal.
£2,500 - £15,000
£500 - £3,000
£3,000 - £18,000 including VAT
The exact number of hours will depend on the circumstances of your case such as:
- The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
- Which language(s) you speak
- Whether you are applying for other dependents
It will be helpful if, at our first meeting, you are able to provide any evidence needed to meet the applicable Immigration Rules. This will help us speed up the process and assist us.
Our fees do not include the cost of an interpreter as these are difficult to estimate. The range of hours required will usually be between 2 and 15 hours, however, this depends on the complexity of your case and we will need to discuss this with you further.
We would recommend where possible that you bring a friend or trusted community figure to assist you. We will recommend an interpreter for you where required, however if you know of someone you would prefer to use, we can of course accommodate this.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as application fees, appeal fees, Counsel’s fees, travelling expenses and visa fees - we handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. These costs are payable in addition to our own costs, whether fixed or based on time spent.
We will advise you of any disbursements which you will be required to pay either on taking your initial instructions or as your matter progresses.
VAT in immigration matters is dealt with by Section 9(3) of the VAT Act 1994. HMRC guidance is that if a client enters the UK legitimately, legal fees and/or disbursements (ie. Counsels fee, Expert Report, Transation fee etc) are VAT chargeable. However, disbursements such as Home Office fee and Court fees are not VAT chargeable.
In the event that the issues become more complex and there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- If there is an interview and we are required to attend with you there will be additional disbursements in respect of travel/mileage expenses.
- Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any administrative review or appeal.
According to the guideline, the Home Office usually, will take approximately 6 months from the date of submitting an application to make a decision.
If the matter proceeds to the litigation stage, the First-Tier Tribunal usually takes 3 months to 9 months to hear a case. In case of a judicial review claim, the Upper Tribunal/Administrative Court of the High Court Division may take around 6 months to 12 months to hear the permission application.
You can also read the current processing times at https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times.
All applications are based on an individual case and we will be able to provide a more accurate estimate once we have further information available about your specific case.
There are key stages in most immigration matters, however, some may vary according to individual circumstances. The key stages are likely to be as follows:
- Discussing your circumstances and confirming the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you.
- Giving you advice about the requirements of the immigration rules 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.
- Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements from any relevant witnesses.
- Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf.
- Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.