Our clients are assured to receive the following:
- Quality and experience
- Good outcomes
- Attention to all cases big or small
- Approachable and individual service
- Unmarried partners
- Fiancée/Visas and Applications
- European Citizens and their family members
- British Citizenship/Nationality Law
- Human Rights and Outside the Rules Applications
- Asylum Applications
- Deportation and Removal
- Tier 1 - Investor
- Tier 2 - General - Inter-Company Transfer – Ministry of Religion - Sportsperson
- Tier 4 - General Student - Child Student
- Tier 5 - Temporary workers – Youth Mobility Scheme
- Visit Visa Applications
- Family related immigration
- Travel Document Applications
We advise on:
We charge an hourly rate between £ 150 – £250 for all complex or difficult cases including Appeals, Human Rights applications, Asylum applications, Fresh Claims for Asylum, Judicial Review, Bail and detained cases.
On average, this type of work takes between 5 – 20 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £750 and £5,000. All figures exclude VAT which is charged at 20%.
The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:
- The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
- Which language(s) you speak
- Whether you are applying with other dependants
- The legal complexity of the case
- The number of enquiries you have during the course of the case and the level of contact the case requires with yourself.
If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.
What services are included
The work will involve:
- 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, which on average takes 1 - 5 hours.
- considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 1 to 5 hours. The amount of hours will depend on the number of documents to review, whether documents need to be translated or whether there are missing documents and how long it will take to obtain them
- where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses which on average takes between 1 to 5 hours work.
- preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take between 1 to 5 hours.
- Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 1 and 5 hours of work.
- giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take, which on average will take between 1 to 2hours.
*the amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
- Interpreters fees at £30-40 per hour. Most kinds of applications will normally require between 2-8 hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.
- 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.
- If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.
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.
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal
How long will my application take?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.
We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 2-4 weeks of you instructing us and the availability of the relevant documents, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.
If your case is urgent with a deadline for submission within 1 week or less then we will discuss with the practicality of meeting the deadline and agree plan to meet the deadline.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.
Advice and representation at the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in relation to appeals against Home Office visa or immigration decisions.
If you require advice and representation at an appeal we will charge the same hourly rates as above. The time taken to prepare an appeal will vary depending on the issues and complexity of the appeal.
The time required is likely to be in the range of 10 - 20 hours preparation time. This means that on average costs are between £2,500 and £5,000. These figures exclude VAT which is charged at 20%.
At Owens Steven Solicitors we pride ourselves in using only the very best barristers with the skills that we think are appropriate to the type of appeal that you have. Costs for the barrister are likely to be in the range of £650-£1,500 plus VAT if payable.
The experience and qualifications of those carrying out the work
Yvonne Stevens and Sandra Morgan-McGovern will carry out all work detailed above. Please see profile Yvonne and Sandra’s experience.
Fixed Fees arrangements, payment must be made in full unless a separate arrangement for the payment has been agreed. If you cannot afford to pay our fees in full you may be able to pay a part of the fee at the time of instructing us and the rest of the fee should be paid within 2 months.