We will also charge for disbursements that we pay on your behalf. This may include costs such as translation fees and courier fees and can typically range from £30 to £500. There will also be the costs of the Home Office fees and the appointment costs which are set by the Home Office's commercial partner. The Home Office's fees vary depending on the kind of application and the duration of the visa, and the appointment costs will vary depending on where and how the application will be submitted and whether a priority service for expedited determination is being utilised. Home Office fees are subject to change and can be found here.
Any applicant seeking a visa with a duration in excess of six months will also be required to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge which is charged at a rate of £200 per year the visa will be valid.
As well as the Home Office application fees, appointment submission costs, Immigration Health Surcharge costs and any required translation or courier costs, applicants may also incur costs for the following (please note, however, that the below is not an exhaustive list of all possible costs and they do not apply to every type of application):
- Criminal Record Certificate – Applicants applying from outside of the UK will be required to obtain a Criminal Record Certificate from any country where he or she has lived for more than 12 months (whether continuously or in total) in the last ten years while aged 18 or over. Costs for a Criminal Record Certificates will vary depending on the country from which they are obtained and will typically cost between £45 to £100;
- Evidence of English Language - Applicants may also be required to demonstrate their English language level by sitting a Home Office-approved English language test or obtaining documentation from UK NARIC to confirm that their degree was taught in English and it at least the equivalent of a UK Bachelor's degree. The cost of the English language test will vary depending on the country where the test is taken and the course provider, but typically cost around £200. The UK NARIC documentation will cost from £125 plus VAT, depending on the time-scales and documentation required;
- Tuberculosis Testing - If the applicant is requesting a visa with a duration of more than six months and the application is being made from outside of the UK, where the applicant has been living in a tuberculosis-prevalent country for more than six months within the last 12 months, the applicant will also be required to obtain a certificate from a Home Office-approved tuberculosis testing clinic. The cost of the tuberculosis test will vary from clinic-to-clinic but likely to cost from £50. A list of TB-prevalent countries can be found here;
- Subject Access Request – As part of the preparation of your application, you may wish to request your immigration records from the Home Office. Such a request is known as a "Subject Access Request" and costs £10.
- Life in the UK Test – Applicants for ILR must sit and pass the Life in the UK test prior to the submission of their ILR application. The Life in the UK test fee is £50. Applicants may also wish to purchase the Life in the UK text book and other kinds of study material. The cost of the text book and study material will vary depending on where they are purchased.
The key stages of a typical application are as follows. However, please be aware that your application type may vary from the below:
- Taking your initial instructions and receiving a full background of your immigration requirements;
- Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming the most appropriate visa application for you and advising on whether you meet the requirements for such a visa to be granted to you;
- Providing you with a list of required documents and details regarding the application process;
- Reviewing all application documents and drafting your application form;
- Preparing your application for submission to the Home Office including booking your appointment to submit your biometrics and application bundle. All applications will be submitted with a letter of representations detailing how you meet the requirements for a visa to be granted to you;
- Providing you with instructions and assistance to submit your biometrics and application;
- Assisting you prepare for an interview with the Home Office, should it be required; and
- Receiving the decision of your application from the Home Office and providing you with instructions for complying with your immigration conditions.
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to submitting your application to the Home Office will depend upon the complexity of your case, your circumstances and how quickly the required documentation for the application can be provided by you.
Upon submission, we cannot guarantee how long it will take the Home Office to process your application. Please see here for the Home Office's current guidelines on processing times.
The costs listed do not include any dependants or any appeals. The costs assume that you have no discretionary elements to your application, no negative immigration history, no civil or criminal convictions or pending convictions, no non-compliance with the Immigrations Rules and that your application is not time sensitive.