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Immigration service pricing

Pricing

We at Kemp Little know that each individual case is fact-specific and requires a fee structure which is suited to each situation.

However, in the interests of transparency, we set out below our typical fee structure for individual immigration applications. In providing our fee structure, we have indicated a range of costs based on a standard immigration application in which there are no complicating factors. As such, our pricing is intended as guide only and once your individual circumstances have been discussed, we can give you a clearer indication on the fees you will have to pay.

We will always have a discussion with you on the likely fees which would be applicable in your case before we start work.

Scope of our work

The scope of our engagement will be to advise you on UK immigration applications.  At this stage, we do not deal with asylum cases.

The scope of our work for you will be agreed on the phone and in writing/email before work commences on your case.

If you choose to work with us, we typically do the following:

  • have an initial call with you to discuss your individual circumstances;
  • send you our terms of engagement setting out our fee structure;
  • send you written advice on the procedure and documentation required for your application;
  • review the documentation you have gathered together;
  • prepare a letter in support of your application;
  • submit the application to the Home Office on your behalf;
  • liaise with the Home Office if necessary to follow up on your case;
  • send you post-approval advice if your application has been successful.

Timescales

Timescales to complete the application will often depend on third parties such as the Home Office/UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and therefore not within our gift to determine.

You should always allow time for the initial file opening processes to be completed, relevant supporting documentation for your application to be collated, and be aware that availability of appointments and any upcoming travel plans can impact when your application can be submitted.

 We estimate that straightforward cases can be completed within approximately one to two months however it will very much depend on the type of application you are making, UKVI processing times and any complicating factors.

Fees

No immigration application is the same and our fees will reflect the specific requirements of your case. In particular, the exact cost of our services will depend on whether there are any complicating factors, for example:

  • overstaying your leave to enter or remain in the UK;
  • previous refusals for leave to enter or remain in the UK;
  • previous criminal convictions;
  • illegal work in the UK.

We therefore cannot give you a reliable estimate of the cost of our services until we have details of your circumstances.  Therefore, it is important that full information on the background to your case is provided during the initial phone calls you have with your lawyer, so they can assess the number of hours it should take to complete your application.

If your case does involve any complicating factors, we will always discuss with you the potential impact on the cost of our services before any additional charges are incurred.

Set out below is a range of fees for straightforward applications. These fees are inclusive of all Value Added Tax (VAT), but do not include disbursements that might be incurred (on which, see below).

Fixed Fees (inclusive of VAT)
Tier 2 or 5 sponsor licence applications£2,400 – £4,800
Audit/compliance£1,800 (small company), otherwise £300 per file/sliding scale depending on volume
Tier 2 or 5 sponsor licence renewal£1,200 – £4,800
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) 
In-country£3,000 – £4,200
Outside UK£2,400 – £3,600
Tier 2 (General) – new hires – RLMT£3,840 – £6,000
Tier 2 (General) – change of employment – RLMT£3,000 – £3,600
Tier 2 (General) – new hires – high earner£3,000 – £3,600
In-country£600+
Outside UKSame as above
Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)£1,800 (intern/BUNAC/GTI)
Tier 5 (Creative)£2,400 – £3,000
Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)£1,800 – £2,400
Tier 2 or 5 extensions£2,400 – £3,000
Tier 2 ILR£2,400 – £3,600 (employment)
 £3,600 – £4,800 + (excess absences)
Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs)£6,000 – £9,000 (depending on complexity)
ExtensionSame as above
ILRSame as above
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent/Promise)£3,600 – £6,000
ExtensionSame as above
ILRSame as above
Tier 1 (Investors)£4,800 – £7,200
ExtensionSame as above
ILRSame as above
Dependants£420 – £2,400 (unmarried partner)
EEA nationals£1,020 – £1,800
EEA Family Permit£1,020 – £1,800 (unmarried partner)
EEA Registration Certificate£1,020 – £1,800
EEA Residence Card£2,400 – £4,800
EEA Permanent Residence Card£2,400 – £3,600 (self-employed)
Settlement – Appendix FM£2,400 to £4,800
Settlement – ILR£3,600 (employment)
 £4,800 (self-employed)
Sole representative£3,600 – £4,800
UK ancestry£2,400 – £3,600
ILR£3,600 – £4,800
Visitors£1,020
 £2,400 – £4,800 (previous refusal)
Naturalisation£2,400 – £6,000
Registration£3,600+ (discretionary basis)
 £2,400 (entitlement to register)
British passport application£900
 £1,800 – £3,000 (if born overseas)
Certificate of entitlementup to £2,400

Hourly rates

For complicated cases, we typically charge on an hourly basis and will give you an estimate of the time it will take to complete your case during the initial call or after we have reviewed your supporting documentation.

Our hourly charge out rates are as follows:

Kathryn Dooks - £510 + VAT

Anushka Sinha - £275 + VAT

James Champness-£380 + VAT

Lucy Sorell - £345 + VAT

If you would like to set up a call to discuss your case, please contact the immigration team [link].

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs which we incur on your behalf for third party charges. Examples include:

  • Home Office application filing fees;
  • Certificate of Sponsorship filing fees;
  • Priority Service fees;
  • Immigration Skills Charge;
  • Immigration Health Surcharge;
  • Courier costs;
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery;
  • Postage costs;
  • Counsel’s fees to provide expert opinions;
  • Travel expenses.

Your team

Your team for immigration applications will be made up of Kathryn Dooks, Anushka Sinha, James Champness and Lucy Sorell.

Kathryn Dooks

Kathryn qualified as a solicitor in 2005. She is a partner in the employment team and has extensive experience of advising a broad range of international clients on business immigration under the points-based system (PBS).

In addition Kathryn helps technology and digital media companies to manage HR risk. She provides strategic and day-to-day HR advice; helps companies to establish a presence in the UK; assists companies to protect their businesses from departing employees; conducts litigation; and advises on: executive hires and terminations, outsourcings and M&A activity, TUPE, working time, discrimination and whistleblowing issues. Her clients range from international listed companies to early stage businesses.

Kathryn has an MA from Cambridge University. She joined Kemp Little after working at international law firm Clifford Chance.

Anushka Sinha

Anushka qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and has over 14 years’ experience in all areas of business and personal immigration to the UK. She advises individuals and companies on the points-based system (PBS) and immigration categories which fall outside the PBS such as UK ancestry, representatives of overseas businesses and the visitor category. Anushka has been training EU nationals and their family members on how to shore up their rights once the UK has left the EU.

Anushka has been recognised as a Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2019 and was previously co-convenor of the first international subcommittee of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, ILPA New York.

James Champness

James qualified as a solicitor in 2013. He attended the University of Oxford and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP in London.

He has been working in our employment team since he joined the firm in 2016 and has a broad experience across advisory, contentious and transactional matters. He also has an array of experience in assisting clients in relation to business immigration queries, including:

  • Supporting client applications for Tier 2 sponsor licences;
  • Advising in relation to recruitment of non-EU nationals currently working within the UK;
  • Assisting HR teams in the process of conducting intra-group transfers of employees from outside the EU; and
  • Delivering training sessions to clients on how to support EU national workers once the UK has left the EU.

Lucy Sorell

Lucy qualified as a solicitor in 2014 after gaining a First in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and completing the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University (with commendation) and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law (with distinction). Since qualification Lucy has dealt with several immigration cases for both individuals and corporates, including many sponsor licence applications and an application for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.

Lucy has experience of advising on complex matters, with an example being advising a spin-off of an insolvent professional practices firm on its application for a sponsor licence and specific immigration advice regarding several individuals transferring to that spin-off under the TUPE regulations.

Lucy speaks French, German and Spanish to a high level.

Complaints

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