Grower Freeman Fees Guide for Immigration

Under the SRA transparency rules, we are required to publish price information for immigration and nationality matters for private individuals. The fees do not apply to work undertaken for corporate clients.

The price ranges set out below are indicative and are based on our knowledge and experience in handling these types of cases. However, each case is fact specific and your own costs may be higher or lower depending on circumstances. A full estimate will be provided if you instruct us.

Basis of our charges

Our charges (excluding VAT) are calculated by reference to the time spent on your case. The hourly rates for Fee Earners working on immigration matters range from £150.00 (Paralegals) to £310 (Consultant) depending on the level of the Fee Earner involved. In some circumstances we may be able to agree a fixed fee with you as the basis for charging.

Experience and qualifications of our Solicitors

Our immigration team currently has one Consultant Solicitor, Tessa Fry, who advises on immigration and nationality applications and has relevant experience in this regard. She is supported in this work by Paralegals, Ellise Chesterton and Ronica Jetha. Information on Tessa Fry’s experience is available by clicking on the link below.

Tessa Fry

Indicative price range for immigration work

The preparation and submission of immigration applications under Tier One of the Points Based System including Entrepreneurs (extension only), Investors, Exceptional talent and Innovators.

Our charges typically range from £7,500 to £12,500

The preparation and submission of immigration applications under tier 2, tier 4 and tier 5 of the points-based system, including sponsored employees, students and youth mobility workers.

Our charges typically range from £1,000 to £3,000.

Applications for European Union/European Economic Area nationals and their family members including applications for settled status, pre-settled status and family permits.

Our charges typically range from £1,000 to £3,000.

The preparation and submission of other applications for permission to come to the UK (entry clearance and leave to enter) and permission to stay in the UK (leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain) including visitor permits.

Our charges typically range from £1,000 to £3,000.

Applications for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen.

Our charges typically range from £2,000 to £5,000 depending on complexity.

General

 All figures exclude VAT which is charged at 20%.

For complex or unusual matters, we may charge fees that are higher than the top of the range given above. Factors that may result in the matter being more complex or unusual include, but are not limited to, situations where:

  • The client requires a high degree of advice, care or attention
  • Interpreters are required
  • There are additional family members applying at the same time
  • The client has an adverse immigration history which could include a history of overstaying or breaching the immigration rules or any civil or criminal penalties
  • The application is factually complicated or document heavy
  • The application is urgent as existing visa time limits are about to expire
  • The Home Office refuses the application and advice and assistance in relation to any appeal or administrative review is required.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as fees charged by the Home Office for immigration applications.

The main disbursements which we will handle on your behalf will be the Home Office application fees. These fees vary depending on the application you are making and the processing time. Details are available on the Home Office website.

Other disbursements you may incur include biometric enrolment fees, immigration health surcharge and any additional visa services such as expedited service or courier return of documents. These would be paid by you directly to the Home Office as part of the application process which use that to submit.

Additional disbursements in more complex cases include:

  • Independent expert reports usually medical reports or TB tests, if required.
  • Translators or interpreters’ fees, if required
  • Our travel expenses if there is an interview with the Home Office and we attend with you
  • Barrister’s fees. A barrister’s opinion may be required in complex cases

Key stages

The work will include the following stages:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as bank statements, employer letters and references)
  • Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf
  • Any correspondence with the Home Office regarding your application once it has been submitted
  • Advising you about the outcome of your application and any further steps you need to take.

How long will my application take?

The time taken for the preparation and submission of your application will depend on a number of factors such as the type of application you are making, the expiry date of any existing immigration status, the number of documents required and the time taken to obtain these documents. Also, your personal circumstances and immigration history and whether you are applying with other dependents.

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. However, the Home Office website does provide service standards for most types of application.

Complaints procedure

We aim to offer all of our clients an efficient and effective service. However, should there be any aspect of our service with which you are unhappy or should you have a query about an invoice, then please raise this with the fee earner in charge of your case immediately. If you cannot resolve the difficulty between you, you may raise the matter with our complaints partner, Edmund Grower.

If you are not satisfied with our handling of your complaint, you can ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the complaint (www.legalombudsman.org.uk for contact details or telephone 0300 555 0333). Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within 6 months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint.