JBP Solicitors Price List (Immigration)
These fees are subject to VAT @20% if the client has valid leave to remain in the UK.
Matter Prices start from
1. Applications for British citizenship £750
2. EEA applications/family permit £800
3. Entry Clearance visit visas £800
4. Entry Clearance fiancée or spouse visas/extension £1000
5. Settlement visas £1000
6. Other in country applications £1000
7. Other out of country applications including Points Based System £1000
8. Grounds of appeal only £800
9. Appeal prep £1200
10. Applications for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal £800 per step
For our fees on other immigration matters including asylum, bail, judicial reviews, business immigration etc., please contact us directly.
Please note that disbursements will be charged separately.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We have the option of handling the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process, or you may prefer to pay disbursements directly; it’s up to you. Disbursements can include the following:
* Interpreter fees. Time spent with an interpreter can vary from case to case/individual to individual. We will be able to advise you of fees for interpreter services if they are required before undertaking work on your case. Most interpreters will charge by the hour, and we will be able to give you an estimate of the time required; some case are complex and would require more time with an interpreter, such as 10 to 15 hours, other cases that are more straightforward, may only require 2 to 5 hours.
* Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary, and provide you with a quote for the expert’s fees.
* If there is an interview and we attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.
* Barrister fees. If your case is an appeal matter, and involves attendance at a court hearing, we will instruct a barrister on your behalf. Barrister fees can vary. We strive to instruct barristers from the area where the hearing will be taking place to avoid costly travel disbursements. We work with barristers from around the country and will seek to secure the best value for our clients without compromising on quality of representation. Occasionally we may advise that a specialist barrister is required, and this may mean covering their travel costs if they are not based in the vicinity of the court where the appeal hearing is scheduled to take place. Barristers will also charge separately for a direct consultation (ie, a meeting between you and the barrister before the hearing date to discuss your case), although these are not generally required as we will fully instruct the barrister on your behalf.
The costs quoted here do not include:
* Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
* Any court/tribunal fees for appeal matters. These are paid directly to the court/tribunal when lodging your appeal.
What is included in our fees?
If you instruct us in regards to an immigration application, our fees include your initial consultation (this may be by telephone, or face to face), an assessment of your case, and advice on how best to proceed/the best application for you to make. If you do not meet the requirements to make an application we will tell you, we will also explain the merits (that is, the strengths and weaknesses) of your case to you, and if the merits are too low that is, your application would be too weak, and we suspect it would be refused), we may decline to take your case on. If this happens we would only charge you our consultation fee, as long as the matter has not progressed further.
After the initial assessment and verbal advice, if we can take your case on, we would put our advice in a letter to you, including a list of supporting documents you should collect to support the application, the fees you will have to pay for disbursements (as they are known at the time; this generally means the Home Office application fee and Immigration Health Surcharge if applicable, any expert report fees for example, may not be known at this time), our fees, and our terms and
Preparation of the application would begin with completing an application form; depending on how you have instructed us, this can be done on the telephone, via email, or in person at our offices. At the end of all Home Office application forms you will be expected to sign a declaration confirming that what has been entered on the form is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, therefore sometimes it may be necessary for us to ask you to complete the form yourself, especially if you are unable to come to our offices in person. In these instances we will do all we can to assist and support you with completion of the form, and will check it thoroughly once completed. If you can attend our offices we will complete the form for you, in your presence, asking you the various questions contained on the application form.
If you are in the UK you may have the choice of either submitting your application by post or in person (the in person service is subject to an extra Home Office fee which we will advise you of. Please note that some applications can only be made by post, for example, EEA applications). If submitting by post you should bring/post all your supporting documents to us, we will then ensure your application is complete and submit it to the Home Office with a cover letter from us containing representations in relation to your case. We will be named on the form as your representatives and will ask that all correspondence relating to your case be sent to us. If you opt for the in person service you will have to attend an appointment at a Home Office Customer Service Centre where you will hand in your application in person. In this instance we will help you arrange an appointment and provide you with a bundle including our cover letter, the application form, and your supporting documents, to take with you.
Whilst waiting for a decision from the Home Office we will deal with/respond to any Home Office correspondence and provide you with a copy.
When a final decision is received, we will make you aware of the same, and advice you of what (if anything) you need to do next. This is where your matter will end.
If you are making an application from outside of the UK, for example for entry clearance (that is, you want to come to the UK perhaps as a visitor or to join family) the process is different, and the application form is completed online. The online application is accessed via the Home Office’s website and can be partially completed and saved in an online account allowing us to access it from the UK. We have found that communicating via email with clients based outside of the UK to be
the most effective way to provide our services. If you are not in the UK we will send you a questionnaire to complete and return to us, the answers you give will allow us to complete your online application form. Once this is done we will ask you to access the form online and thoroughly check it to ensure all the information provided is correct.
You will have to collect supporting documents as described above, but should not post them to us, as your application will be submitted in your country of residence. We will ask you to show us your documents by scanning them or photographing them and emailing them to us. If your sponsor is in the UK we can of course meet with them, and they can show us any supporting documents they have. They would have to post the documents to you for submission with your application.
Once we are satisfied your application is complete we will email you a cover letter to be included with your application, which you will have to print off. We will submit your application online, book you an appointment at your closest Visa Application Centre (VAC), and contact you to pay the application fee and Immigration Health Surcharge if applicable, you will then attend the VAC appointment with a printed version of the application form, your supporting documents, and our cover letter. Please note that some VACs will ask you to send your documents to the UK to be considered, but you will still need to attend an appointment at a VAC with your documents before you do this. Any postage costs incurred would be a disbursement and not included in our fees.
After submission you will have to wait for a decision. With out of country applications the Home Office contact the applicant directly and will not contact us, so you should let us know if you are sent any correspondence or contacted by telephone or email by the Home Office.
Once a decision is received, we will advise you what to do next (if anything), your matter will then be complete.
How long will my application take? We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Current processing times can be checked here: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times. Please note that consideration of applications based on human rights (that is, those based on your life with family, and/or your private life in the UK), and/or applications which are particularly complex, generally fall outside of the Home Office’s service standards, so can take longer to be decided.
We will strive to submit your application as soon as possible. You will be expected to provide supporting documents to support your application, and we will provide you with a detailed list on instruction. We would expect these documents to be provided as soon as possible, but understand that certain documents may not be available straightaway, so submission time will depend on how quickly we are supplied with the required documents. We will strive to submit your application within 1 week of being supplied with the required documents and information. In cases that require expert reports or documents from third parties (for example, Social Services, a child’s school etc.), we can ask that a document be provided by a certain date, but this may not always be possible, so the timescale for submission may be extended.
Please note that entry clearance applications are submitted in the applicant’s country of residence, therefore we are unable to submit these types of applications for you, as they must be done in person at a Visa Application Centre, via a prearranged appointment.
If your application is being made from the UK, after submission there will be a period of waiting for the Home Office to consider your application and make a decision (see above). During this time we would expect to receive correspondence from the Home Office in relation to your application; we would deal with all correspondence, replying to the Home Office as required and providing you with copies of the correspondence for your information and records. Your matter would conclude once we receive a decision on your application. Advice regarding your rights of appeal if applicable is included in our fees, however, the appeal itself and representation in relation to the appeal would be a new matter and charged separately (see appeal fees above).
Please note that the fees stated above are ‘starting from’ fees; they are for straightforward applications and appeals, more complex cases that require more work and time may be subject to a higher fee. For example, an application to extend your permission to remain in the UK, where you meet all the requirements for a successful application would be considered ‘straightforward’. A ‘complex’ case may be where you do not have current permission to remain in the UK, and cannot satisfy all the requirements. In cases such as this we may have to show that there are compelling, compassionate circumstances to be considered, an expert report, detailed representations, statements, and more time consuming preparation of the application, may be required. We can of course give you a final fee once we have more information about your specific case.
Our fees are fixed, however, on occasion matters can arise part way through your case which make it more complex and require additional work from us, in these circumstances we would charge you an additional fee. An example of a complicating matter would be if a client had an outstanding application with the Home Office, meeting all the requirements for it to be successful, but then received a criminal conviction whilst waiting for a decision, so the application would be bound to fail unless other compelling circumstances were raised.