Immigration

We assist businesses, education providers and highly skilled/high net worth private clients (investors and entrepreneurs) regarding their UK immigration needs.

In this section

Immigration law is constantly evolving amidst a challenging political landscape.

We have the experience to help your organisation bring the personnel it needs into the UK – whether they are key staff from other offices around the world, new hires or graduate appointments and whether they want to stay for a week, a year or indefinitely.

We advise organisations on the best route into the UK for the immigration applicant (whether this be as a sponsored migrant, visitor or another immigration category). We often advise the individual as well, offering a connected and seamless service.  We also have experience assisting high profile educational establishments with their overseas students.

Our team regularly assists organisations in applying for their sponsorship licences, supports visa applications (such as entry clearance, leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain) and manages clients’ SMS immigration systems on a day-to-day basis on their behalf. We also complete audits to test and ensure compliance.

With the UK Government’s crackdown on unlawful immigration, we can help you deal with issues such as the prevention of illegal working, the immigration cap and sponsorship obligations.

As an integral part of Greenwoods GRM Employment Department, we understand the interplay between employment and immigration issues such as avoiding discrimination claims, termination of illegal employment and drafting employment contracts tailored to foreign workers.

We use our expertise to approach complex immigration requirements in a practical and solution focussed manner.  Immigration processes can be complex and we will walk you through them, step-by-step, in a clear and logical way.

Further Information: 

  • The Brexit vote has added a further dimension to our work. Dedicated to supporting clients during this transition, Greenwoods GRM has set up a Brexit Team – click here for further information.
  • We also support high net worth and highly skilled private clients with their visa applications.

 

The Legal 500 commends us for our Immigration advice:

The team “advises many clients in the commercial and education sectors on a wide range of matters including licence issues, Tier 2 visas, right to work and modern slavery statements. (2017)

Its strong local client base continued to grow, as did its work for clients on a national basis. (2017)

 

We have recently supported a number of clients with their varying immigration needs. 

Advising a well-known global manufacturer, including:

  • avoiding negative publicity and exposure to a civil penalty fine for illegal workers including a review of the use of agencies;
  • delivering six bespoke right to work training sessions on-site for approximately 150 senior managers, who are responsible for recruitment checks; and
  • advising on general licensed sponsor duties and responsibilities, including suggesting amendments to policies and procedures to ensure compliance.

Advising a sector leading travel agency business regarding:

  • international secondments and assignments, including drafting appropriate letters and contracts; and
  • Brexit – both EU nationals working in the UK and UK nationals working in the EU and assisting with a mitigation document anticipating a ‘hard’ Brexit.

Advising an up-and-coming technology business, including:

  • acting as a level 1 SMS user – requesting allocation of Certificate of Sponsorship(‘s) (‘CoS’) and assigning CoS’s;
  • sponsoring a Tier 2 migrant worker under SOC code 2136 – Programmers and software development professional, including support with satisfying the resident labour market test and employment documents (contracts, recoupment terms and job description);
  • conducting an immigration audit and developing policies and procedures; and
  • advising on various tricky right to work situations.

Advising a leading biopharmaceutical business on:

  • making a Tier 2 licensed sponsor application which included delivering training and ensuring robust employment systems were in place;
  • acting as a level 1 SMS user and assigning a CoS;
  • sponsoring a Tier 2 migrant worker under SOC 2127 – Production and process engineer, including support with employment documents (contracts, recoupment terms and job description); and
  • general licensed sponsor duties and responsibilities.

Greenwoods GRM Solicitors support a number of individuals, who value our excellent level of service and support in their private client affairs.

Our Immigration team can provide premier advice on the full range of UK economic immigration visa categories including work-based visas such as:

  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • Tier 1 (Investor)
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer); and
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Workers)

We can help with all types of applications including entry clearance (i.e. your first visa), leave to remain (an extension visa), indefinite leave to remain (settlement) and naturalisation (an application for British Citizenship).

In accordance with SRA Transparency Rules 2018, we have provided information on our approach to fees and service for some Immigration matters below. For information about other areas of work not covered by the SRA Transparency Rules 2018 please get in touch.

Our services are provided on an hourly rates basis.  In most cases it will difficult to give an exact quote.  Nonetheless, we are committed to providing a transparent costs breakdown and estimates in advance.  The information below is intended to clarify our anticipated costs for preparing immigration and nationality applications for individual clients.  Your fee estimate will be agreed before we start working on your application.

Our rates

To ensure we deliver the highest service standard, a Partner, Associate or Senior Associate, and a Trainee Solicitor will work on each case.  The estimates below are based on an average hourly rate of £260 + VAT. If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, our overall costs are likely to be at the lower end of this range.

 

Our standard hourly rates Partners – £360-£400 + VAT
Senior/Associates – £260-£300 + VAT
Trainee Solicitors – £140 + VAT
Applications for British citizenship On average, this type of work takes between 6-18 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £1,560 – £4,680 + VAT
Applications involving EEA nationals and their families On average, this work takes between 8-20 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,080 – £5,200 + VAT
Applications for work, study and business under the Points-Based system On average, this work takes between 8-40 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,080 – £10,400 + VAT
Leave to enter or remain as a spouse, partner, child or dependent relative under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules On average, this work takes between 12-25 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are £3,120- £5,600 + VAT
Ancestry visas On average, this work takes between 8-15 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,080 – £3,900 + VAT
Other categories On average, this work takes between 8-25 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,080 – £5,600 + VAT

These costs may be higher if your case is more complicated. Factors that could make a case more complex and more expensive include:

  • Urgency
  • A long immigration history
  • If it is necessary to make detailed representations or to provide further information about an existing application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as cases involving overstaying or criminal records
  • Need to liaise with third parties
  • Attendance at UKVI interviews
  • Dependents
  • Preparing statements in support of your application.

The estimates set out here have been provided to give a range of likely fees for standard applications and assume you meet the relevant requirements to make the application.

What our fees include

The fee estimates above include:

  • discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming which is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • giving you detailed advice about the requirements (included a list of all documents) of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria;
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how;
  • considering and collating the supporting documents you have provided;
  • where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as bank statements and letters of support);
  • liaising with third parties where necessary;
  • drafting a comprehensive covering letter to support your application;
  • preparing your application form and submitting it on your behalf;
  • 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;
  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take, including information about visa conditions, extensions and settlement.

What our fees do not include

The following costs are not included in the estimates above:

  • Any Home Office fees for making the application, where relevant
  • Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal
  • Disbursements.

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. They can include:

  • Interpreters fees, where necessary. This kind of application will normally require between 4 and 10 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.
  • Mileage/travel expenses if there is an interview which we attend with you.

You will be responsible for making these payments.

How long will your application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. The current published processing times are between 24 hours and 6 months.

We will normally be able to prepare and submit applications within 4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate. 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.

For further details, a preliminary assessment or for a tailored fee quote, please contact Ina Iteva on +44 (0)20 3691 2076

Information correct as of February 2019

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