Immigration

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

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Immigration is a complex and high-risk area of law

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.

Beyond this, we provide strategic support to organisations in relation to designing their immigration programmes, maintaining compliance, identifying cost savings, and navigating changes to the system.

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

You can find out more about our immigration partner, Matthew Lynch, here.

We also support high net worth and highly skilled private clients with their visa applications.

The Legal 500 commends us for our Immigration advice:

“At Greenwoods GRM, the lawyers are ‘very responsive, very clear in their communication and go beyond necessity to ensure that clients are satisfied.” (2019)

To discuss how we can help, call Matthew Lynch on +44 (0)20 3691 2074 or email malynch@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk

Immigration support for businesses

  • Sponsor Licences:
    • Advice on preparing and submitting Sponsor Licence application
    • Design and implementation of policies and processes for maintaining immigration compliance
    • End to end support with Sponsored worker visas for both the business and employee(s)
  • Businesses Visitor compliance:
    • Design and implementation of Business Visitor policies and processes
    • Assessment of activities against Business Visitor criteria
    • End to end support with Business Visitor applications
  • Immigration programme design
    • Full suite of support on designing a UK inbound immigration programme:
      • Compliance policies and processes
      • Immigration manuals and training
      • Immigration category selection
      • Prevention of illegal working
    • Compliance audits:
      • Comprehensive testing of immigration compliance
      • Advice on enhancements to processes and systems
    • Advisory support including:
      • Analysis and advice on immigration rule changes
      • Support in responding to government consultations
      • Representing business needs at policy development bodies such as the Migration Advisory Committee and Employers Advisory Group
    • Support for specialist visa categories such as Seasonal Workers or International Agreements

To discuss how we can help, call Matthew Lynch on +44 (0)20 3691 2074 or email malynch@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk

Our team has recently supported a number of organisations with their varying immigration needs. 

  • Supporting clients of all sizes with their Brexit preparations including:
    • Developing policies and processes to reflect the end of Free Movement.
    • One to one and group sessions for EEA nationals in the UK to outline the impact on them and the steps required.
  • Working with employers to develop their responses to the various immigration challenges arising out of Covid-19, including:
    • Developing policies for identifying employees who should seek exceptional assurances vs extending their existing visa.
    • Providing information sessions for individuals with pending visa expiries who were caught by travel bans.
  • Supporting business in applying for a Sponsor Licence and implementing the required policies and processes to maintain compliance.
  • Advising numerous purchasing and target entities on the immigration implications of M&A transactions.
  • Advising clients on their duties to prevent illegal working together implementing effective and efficient Right to Work Check processes.
  • Supporting businesses with their submissions to the Migration Advisory Committee on its recent commission to review the Intra-Company Transfer route.
  • Auditing a Russell Group university’s immigration compliance across 30 departments and colleges.

To discuss how we can help, call Matthew Lynch on +44 (0)20 3691 2074 or email malynch@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk

We can assist with all forms of personal visa category including:

  • High net worth individuals
  • Family visas
  • Global Talent
  • Youth Mobility
  • International Students
  • UK Ancestry
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • British Citizenship

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).

To discuss how we can help, call Matthew Lynch on +44 (0)20 3691 2074 or email malynch@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk

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 may be provided on an hourly rates basis.  In many cases, it will be 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 solicitors and lawyers of varying levels of experience will work on each case as appropriate.  The estimates below are based on an average hourly rate of £300 plus VAT at a rate of 20% (as at 1 May 2021).  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.

You can find out more about our immigration specialists here.

The VAT included in the table below is at the standard rate of 20%.

Our standard hourly rates Partners & Consultants- £390-£450 + VAT
Senior Associates – £340-£380 + VAT
Solicitors/Associate – £200-£280 + VAT
Trainee Solicitors – £145-£175 + VAT
Paralegal – £150-£180 + 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 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 “family visa” 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 do not include disbursements (see below).

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 and Visa 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. Interpreters fees vary, typically they are between £50 to £70 per hour (plus VAT) but can be more.  Fees tend to vary based on how common the language is.
  • Mileage/travel expenses if there is an interview which we attend with you. Mileage is charged at 45p per mile, plus VAT.Typical visa fees that you can expect for certain visa types are:
    Applications for British citizenship £1,330
    Applications for work, study and business under the Points-Based system £464 to £1,408 (which does not include the healthcare surcharge, which is at £624 per year).
    Leave to enter or remain as a spouse, partner, child or dependent relative under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules “Family Visa” £1,033 to £3,250
    Ancestry visas £516
    Other categories There are many visa types, and the costs are published by the Home Office. [LINK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees-1-july-2021 ]

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 us on +44 (0)1733 887700

Information correct as of 1 May 2021.

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