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How much does it cost to have an immigration lawyer?

Even while there is a tonne of “free” material available about applying for a UK visa, it can be difficult to get advice that is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to your own needs. Your application may be rejected if you fill out the form improperly or omit to submit critical documents.

As a result, it is advised that you get guidance from a reputable legal expert if you have any application-related issues, including those related to fulfilling the requirements or the extensive list of supporting papers you will need to provide.

However, it is natural that many are hesitant to pay additional costs for an immigration lawyer given the high expense of visa and settlement applications.

What can you anticipate spending on a UK immigration professional?

We have included a brief guideline below, but it is important to keep in mind that actual costs will vary on the company or expert you employ, the service you choose, and the quantity of support you need.

Consultation

It is important to first ask for a consultation with an immigration lawyer if you are unclear about what you might require with reference to your application. With the help of this service, you may speak with a legal expert in person, through video call, or over the phone. They will be able to address your concerns and provide advice on whether or not you should move forward with your application.

This typically lasts for 30 minutes, although it can be prolonged if necessary. You should budget between £100 to £500 for this one-time session.

Legal Representation in Full

When you have full legal counsel, the attorney or law firm will handle every aspect of your case, including filling up and submitting your application and communicating with the Home Office or Tribunal Service on your behalf. This procedure gives complete peace of mind because you’ll be entrusting your application to the competent care of your legal professional.

The pricing range for this service, depending on your application, may start at around £1,200 and can go up to £8,000, again depending on the service provider.

Document Verification Services

You might want to think about using a document checking service offered by a reputable company or legal professional if you have already completed the majority of the work or if you wish to handle it all yourself and all you need to do is make sure your application and supporting documents are in order. You will be able to tell whether you are on the correct route as a result of this.

A similar treatment will typically cost between £200 and £500.

Although the prices for the services vary, it is advised that you take the time to do some independent research on the company you have selected, the individuals who will be handling your application directly, their background, and ultimately, real testimonials from their previous customers. Caution is suggested because it is the applicant’s responsibility to be sure who they trust with their application.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of false material online that might jeopardise the success of your application through malevolent intent, the exploitation of your personal information for identity theft, or the wasting of your time and money on unnecessary procedures.

Never forget that you have the option of hiring a professional or not. Although there is a cost associated with legal counsel and guidance, when added together, it is considerably more reasonable than you may expect. And if employing an immigration specialist makes the difference between a successful outcome and a refusal, it is unquestionably valuable.

We at A Y & J Solicitors are dedicated to providing sincere, superior service. 

Our stance on UK visa costs is just, clear, and easy to comprehend.

Initial Consultation

Depending on the intricacy of the case, our hourly charge for the initial consultation ranges from GBP 300.00 + VAT to GBP 500 + VAT. The initial consultation may cost between GBP 360 and GBP 600 if VAT is applicable.

Initial consultations often take up to 60 minutes to complete. It occasionally takes more than 60 minutes and might cost extra.

The particulars of your situation would determine the precise cost of the initial consultation.

Application or Appeal for Immigration

Our hourly fee is £300.00 plus VAT, which comes to £360.00.

This kind of task typically takes 5 to 15 hours to accomplish. This indicates that prices range from GBP 1800 to GBP 5,400 on average (including VAT). Unless otherwise noted, all statistics include VAT.

Your particular situation will determine the precise amount of time spent and visa expenses incurred. The cost is likely to be at the lower end of the GBP 1,800.00 to GBP 5,400 price range if you can show adequate proof at our initial meeting and fit the applicable Immigration Rules.

The charges shown above do not include disbursements.

Visa costs and other expenses

Disbursements are expenses associated with your case that you must pay to outside parties, including visa fees. To make the procedure go more smoothly, we take care of paying the disbursements on your behalf. Unless otherwise noted, all expenses listed below include any relevant VAT.

Please be aware that many of the cases we handle don’t call for interpreters. Typically, translators are paid between GBP 100 and 150 per hour (this may or may not exclude VAT). This is in addition to the previously mentioned visa fees. Depending on the intricacy of your situation, the initial session will typically take between 30 and an hour with an interpreter (if necessary).

Please be aware that in many of the cases we handle, barristers—who specialise in appearing in court and making arguments—are not necessary. If a barrister is required, it should be noted that their costs typically range from GBP 250 to GBP 350 per hour, depending on the barrister’s level of expertise. Depending on the intricacy of your case, this type of application will typically take the Barrister (if applicable) between 2 and 5 hours.

Reports from independent specialists, such as doctors. These are frequently not essential; if we determine that an expert report is required, we will notify you as soon as feasible.

There will be additional outlays for our mileage and travel costs if we do attend an interview with the authorities with you.

The prices listed below are exclusive of any applicable costs charged by the Home Office. This will be paid directly to the Home Office as part of the application procedure.

Counsel and help with any appeals if the Home Office rejects your application.

How much time would the application process take?

We are unable to predict how long it will take the Home Office to complete your application. Check the processing times right now.

Normally, we can submit this kind of application within 2–6 weeks after receiving your instructions; but, if it’s going to take longer, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

Please be aware that the predicted hours and costs are only estimates based on the aforementioned information. All applications are likely to differ, and naturally, once we have more details about your particular case, we can provide you with a more precise estimate and occasionally set rates (when feasible).

By Michael Caine

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