Charging VAT in relation to immigration matters can be complex as it may depend on where the client lives and what immigration permission they have. Archbold will confirm whether VAT (at a rate of 20%) is payable upon instruction and work out if VAT is properly chargeable.
Our legal professionals offer tailored strategic alternatives and procedural timing options that align with the unique circumstances of each client. While most immigration applications typically involve three main stages, the duration of each stage will vary based on factors such as the application type, country of submission, chosen service type, and any specific complexities associated with the case. Certain applications might involve additional stages. For instance, applications falling under skilled work visas, and other specific categories of applications may necessitate prior endorsement. Continuing with the skilled visa categrory, the Home Office requires the sponsor to possess a sponorship license. There may also be additional steps involved, such as conducting a 28-day Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) before sponsoring the skilled worker.
Key stage 1
Acquiring instructions, offering strategic advice, and preparing the application. The duration of stage 1 can vary from a few days to several weeks or months, depending on individual circumstances and the agreed-upon strategic plan's timing, taking into account each client's specific needs.
Key stage 2
Submitting the application and Home Office's consideration and decision-making process. The Home Office's processing times can range from 24 hours to over six months, depending on factors such as the application type, availability of premium services, the applicant's country of origin, and any unique complexities pertaining to the case. For the most recent estimation of Home Office processing times, please refer to this link.
Key stage 3
Providing advice after the decision has been made. Once a decision has been reached regarding the application, we promptly offer post-decision advice to our clients, explaining the subsequent steps to be taken.
Here we provide more details on the different types of disbursements an applicant client can expect to pay or incur.
Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
Ancillary disbursements such as biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc., mentioned in what is not included.
For First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) fees in relation to appeals against Home Office visa or immigration decisions, click here.
For Administrative review fees click here.
For Judicial review fees click here.
Council fee varies depending on experience and urgency. A rough range is 500-1000 VAT exclusive.
Expert fee is dependent upon type of report and can be in the range of 800-2000 VAT exclusive.
Translation fee varies by translation company. Charges vary by page or amount of work. A rough range is £30-80 per page VAT exclusive.
Other disbursements as mentioned in what is not icluded may include other third-party and/or unforeseen costs. No range can be give for these costs without knowing what is being required at a particulat stage of an application or proceedings by the Home Office or Tribunal.
Hourly rates: lawyer experience & qualification
Hourly rates vary according to seniority and experience of the professional dealing with case. We also consider the complexity, urgency, and value of the matter. Experience and qualification of people undertaking immigration work at Archbold is set out in the Our Team section of this website.
Solicitor Tribunal representation costs
VAT exclusive. Please refer to our VAT statment
If we are instructed to attend an immigration Tribunal hearing then there will be an additional charges as given below. The additional charges include our travel costs:
Solicitors with over 8 years' experience: £1,500 per day.
Solicitors with over 4 years' experience: £1,000 per day.
Soliictors with less than 4 years' experience: £500-800 per day.