We advise clients on Tier 1 and Tier 2 business and work visas. We also assist with related UK Relationship and Family Visas as well as applying for UK Settlement and Citizenship.
Our hourly rates range between £200 - £425 depending on the seniority of the fee earner undertaking the work. Where possible we will use more junior fee earners (supervised by a partner) to keep costs at a minimum.
Our estimated costs to complete work is dependent on the type of work you instruct us on. We set out below our average fee estimates for specific applications.
Type of Application Fee Estimate (excluding VAT)
Tier 1 (Investor) visa initial entry clearance £10,000 - £18,000
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa initial entry clearance £10,000 - £18,000
Tier 2 (General) visa initial entry clearance £1,500 - £3,500
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa initial entry clearance £1,500 - £3,500
Indefinite Leave to Remain £2,000 – £12,000
Naturalisation/Citizenship £1,000 - £3,500
Tier 4 (General) student visa £1,500 - £3,500
The fee estimates set out above are subject to the number of hours spent on the matter. The time spent is dependent on a number of factors including the complexity of the facts relating to your individual case. Every application is different and we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.
The number of documents required to support an application, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain any missing documents all effect the number of hours spent.
You can help us reduce the number of hours spent on a matter by providing us with all the relevant documents from the outset. Should you withhold any information from us or fail to disclose a document, not only may this negatively affect the outcome of your application, but it may also result in an increase in time spent.
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Please read the current processing times at the government website: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times.
Please note that all fee estimates contained on this page are exclusive of the following:
• VAT (where applicable)
• Any Home Office fees for making the application (which can be found at the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table). You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
• Attendance at a Home Office interview.
• Any other fees (known as disbursements) payable to a third party. Such third parties may include interpreters, independent experts or counsel. Generally, we will handle the payment of these disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process, however we would usually ask for money on account to cover these fees.
• Any additional expenses/disbursements incurred by us in relation to your case including (but not limited to) any travel expenses, printing expenses or expenses incurred in using a conference call facility.
Please also note that in the event that the Home Office refuses your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal is not included in the fee estimates set out above, but will be in addition to such estimates.
Should an interpreter be required, we will obtain an estimate for their costs at the outset of the matter. The number of hours needed with an interpreter will vary on the complexities of the case.
You are under no obligation to use an interpreter recommended by us and are free to make alternative arrangements should you so wish.
Should the facts of your matter be particularly complex and require more specialist legal guidance, we may recommend that we instruct counsel to advise on your matter. Counsel (or barristers) are experts in their specialist area of law. Should we envisage the need to instruct counsel on a matter, we will obtain an estimate of their costs and discuss these with you before proceeding.
Burlingtons also provides Immigration advice and assistance to businesses (such as applications for certificates of sponsorship). Should you require further information and fee estimates on this type of work then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.
We have three members of the Burlingtons team who may work on your matter. For more information on these team members, please click on their link below to be taken to their personal profile.
• Richard Berry, Partner and Head of Employment (8 years' PQE; non-practising barrister, called to the Bar in March 2004)
• Helena Antoniou, Junior Partner (4 years’ PQE)
• Katie Ashton, Associate Solicitor