Information as required by the regulator in relation to our services to individuals in relation to immigration applications and/or appeals against Home Office visa or immigration decisions (excluding asylum)

The purpose of this Information Note

This note provides only the pricing and service information that our regulator requires us to post to our website in relation to specific immigration law services for individuals. It is not intended to and does not provide comprehensive information about the immigration law services we provide generally.

Dixcart Legal offers a bespoke immigration service for businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, and for families wishing to relocate to the UK, as well as those who have already made a life for themselves here. For the individual, whether the individual lives in Surrey, London, or abroad, we are always happy to have a general chat to see if we can assist you. We are able to help with all types of UK immigration applications, at all different “stages”, as well as helping you to apply for British citizenship. In the unfortunate event that you receive a negative decision, we can explore your options and help with challenging the decision. Please contact your usual contact at Dixcart Legal for more information about our immigration law services or email us at advice@dixcartlegal.com.

This note covers the following areas and, to assist your reading, we set out below each of the headings used:

  • Who will carry out the work 
  • Information costs for individuals
    • Applications to the Home Office
    • Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
  • Range in our legal costs
  • The work we will do for you 
    • For both applications to the Home Office or appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber
    • For applications to the Home Office
    • For appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
  • Timeframes
    • For applications to the Home Office
    • For appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
  • Excluded costs (including information about likely third party mandatory costs)
  • Excluded services (which will attract additional costs)

Who will carry out the work 

Vincent Chung carries out the immigration work at Dixcart Legal. Vincent is supervised by Anne-Marie Pavitt. Details of their experience and qualifications can be found on their profile pages. 

We also have 3 paralegals who will assist in the immigration work where appropriate. Our paralegals are not legally qualified but they have between 2 ½ and 45 years’ experience in the legal profession. Our paralegals always work under the direct supervision of a solicitor.

Information costs for individuals

We are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to publish certain pricing information on some of the immigration services we offer to individuals which is set out below. If there are any immigration matters you would like assistance with which are not listed below, or have a query related to business immigration services please do not hesitate to contact us.

Any work we carry out is charged on an hourly rate basis. We have provided below a typical range of our legal costs, exclusive of VAT. These costs are based on Vincent’s hourly rate (£220 per hour, excluding VAT). The legal costs are based on an application for one individual only. 

We are legally required to charge VAT (currently 20%) on all our legal costs. However, if you live outside the EEA, then we are not required to charge you VAT on our legal costs.  

Applications to the Home Office

UK Immigration Rules for visas non-EEA citizensAverage time to complete workAverage legal costs (exclusive of VAT)
Visit visa 6 – 20 hours£1,320 to £4,400
Spouse/ Unmarried Partner/ Civil Partner/ Fiancé(e) visa10 – 25 hours£2,200 to £5,500
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa12 – 30 hours£2,640 to £6,600
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa20 – 40 hours£4,400 to £8,800
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa15 – 35 hours£3,300 to £7,700
Tier 1 (Investor) visa30 – 55 hours£6,600 to £12,100
Tier 2 work visas – all types10 – 20 hours£2,200 to £4,400
Tier 4 student visas – all types10 – 20 hours£2,200 to £4,400
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visas – all types6 – 20 hours£1,320 to £4,400
Start-up/ Innovator visa15 – 40 hours£3,300 to £8,800
Representative of an Overseas Business (“Sole Rep”) visa15 – 25 hours £3,300 to £5,500
UK Ancestry6 – 20 hours£1,320 to £4,400
Turkish Worker/ Turkish Businessperson visa applications including Indefinite Leave to Remain (Ankara Agreement)10 – 30 hours£2,200 to £6,600
Indefinite Leave to Remain (2-5 years)10 – 20 hours£2,200 to £4,400
Indefinite Leave to Remain (10 years)10 – 20 hours£2,200 to £4,400
EEA citizens and their (non-EEA) family membersAverage time to complete workAverage legal costs  (exclusive of VAT)
Family Permit6 – 15 hours£1,320 to £3,300
Residence document8 – 20 hours£1,760 to £4,400
Permanent residence document10 – 20 hours£2,200 to £4,400
EU Settlement Scheme3 – 15 hours£660 to £3,300
British Nationality Act to become BritishAverage time to complete workAverage legal costs (exclusive of VAT)
Naturalisation (Adult)6 – 20 hours £1,320 to £4,400
Registration (Child)6 – 20 hours£1,320 to £4,400
Registration – UKM/ UKF8 – 25 hours£1,760 to £5,500

Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)

Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)Average time to complete workAverage legal costs (exclusive of VAT)
Lodging appeal notice, preparing for and representing you at your full hearing20 – 40 hours £4,400 to £8,800

Range in our legal costs

If you provide us with all the information and documents we request at the start of the matter, our legal costs will tend to be at the lower/ middle range.  

Factors which usually push our legal costs towards the higher range include (but please note that this is not an exhaustive list):

  • the application being submitted from outside the UK (an “Entry Clearance”/ initial visa application)
  • where the matter is urgent
  • where you don’t clearly meet all the requirements
  • where you have previously been refused a visa, have an adverse immigration background, and/or have a criminal history
  • lengthy/ numerous correspondence
  • where further information or documents are requested by other parties
  • where the Tribunal directs that further procedures/ hearing(s) are required
  • where you wish to request an adjournment (request to reschedule your hearing(s))

In some circumstances a combination of some or all of the above is likely to cause our legal costs to exceed the higher costs range. We would tell you if this was likely to occur. 

As each case is different and will depend on your own unique circumstances, we will give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case. Please note the above average number of hours and legal costs are based on the information set out below.

The work we will do for you 

For both applications to the Home Office or appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber

When acting for you our work, whether for applications to the Home Office or appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), will include:

  • taking your instructions
  • discussing your circumstances in detail and exploring what options may be available to you
  • giving you advice about the requirements/ rules, whether you meet the criteria and how to proceed if you do not meet the requirements
  • advising you on the process, timelines, deadlines, and documents required
  • considering the supporting evidence you provide to us, giving feedback, and advising whether additional evidence is required. The above legal costs ranges are on the basis that we will spend no more than 2 to 3 hours reviewing, giving feedback and advising you on required additional evidence
  • liaising with other parties about supporting evidence where necessary
  • keeping you updated throughout the process
  • advising you about the outcome and in the event that your application/ appeal is refused/ dismissed, options which may be available to you

For applications to the Home Office

Specifically in relation to applications to the Home Office, our work will also include:

  • preparing your application, including preparing detailed representations, and submitting your application on your behalf. The above legal costs ranges are on the basis that we will spend no more than 4 to 8 hours (depending on the type of application)

For appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)

Specifically in relation to appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), our work will also include:

  • lodging an appeal notice/ grounds of appeal
  • preparing for your appeal including legal research and sending your bundle of evidence
  • taking witness statement(s) from yourself (and other relevant persons where appropriate). The above legal costs range is on the basis that we will only need to prepare 1 witness statement and spend no more than 4 to 6 hours preparing the statement 
  • considering the Home Office’s bundle of evidence
  • negotiating with the Home Office (where appropriate). The above legal costs range is on the basis that we will spend no more than 2 hours negotiating with the Home Office
  • representing you/ advocacy at the Tribunal for your full hearing. The above legal costs range is on the basis that the full hearing (including travel time and waiting time) lasts no more than 5 hours

Timeframes

For applications to the Home Office

We can normally submit your application within 2-4 weeks of you instructing us, subject to you providing us with all the required information and documents (in the correct format and in a timely manner). The above legal costs ranges are based on submission of the application within this timeframe. 

If your visa will be expiring within 2 weeks of you instructing us, we would be happy to discuss your requirements and let you know if we can assist and if so let you have an estimate of our costs. 

We have no control over how long the Home Office will take to make a decision on your application. The Home Office have published their processing times for issuing a decision.

For appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)

As an appeal is a form of litigation, the speed and length of time required is not wholly within our control and can be subject to the actions of the Home Office and/or Tribunal.

The timetable to lodge your appeal and other documents is dictated by the Tribunal. For example:

  • Your appeal notice (in effect to register your intention to appeal) will normally need to be submitted to the Tribunal within 14 days after receiving the Home Office decision refusing your application
  • Copies of your bundle of evidence are required to be lodged (sent) to the Home Office and Tribunal, as soon as possible, but usually no later than 7 days before the full hearing. The date of the full hearing is set by the Tribunal and is therefore out of our control. 

As you will see the above timeframes are short and in order to achieve the timelines we need your full co-operation, and the co-operation of any third parties whom you engage to provide evidence or assistance. 

We have no control over how long the Tribunal will take to make a decision on your appeal. The Tribunal will not usually make a decision at the end of your full hearing, and can take between 1 week and 6 months (if not more) to issue a written decision, even if an oral decision is made at the end of your full hearing. 

Excluded costs (including information about likely third party mandatory costs)

The legal costs set out above do not include any additional costs payable to third parties in connection with your case. 

There are certain mandatory costs which you will usually always have to incur depending on your case, including:

There may also be certain mandatory costs to use a visa application centre/ Sopra Steria UKVCAS service point, and additional optional services. These costs are in relation to applications to the Home Office and further information can be found below for:

There may also be other third party costs which  you may need to incur depending on your circumstances, for instance (but not limited to):

  • Accountants – generally required where self-employment/ business documents are factors in your application, for example Spouse/ Unmarried Partner/ Civil Partner/ Fiancé(e), Start-up, Innovator, Tier 1 (Investor), Turkish Businessperson and “Sole Rep” visas
  • Lawyers – generally required where funds are being made available by third parties and independent legal input is required, for example Tier 1 (Investor) visa
  • Translators – where your documents are not in English or Welsh
  • English language tests or use of UK NARIC services to compare your Bachelor degree or above
  • Life in the UK Test – applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain and/or to become a British citizen
  • Authorities issuing criminal record certificates where required and dependent on the country where the authority is based, for example Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 2 (General) – only for certain occupations
  • Authorities issuing birth certificates, marriage/ civil partnership certificates, divorce certificates, death certificates etc – Costs in England and Wales but likely to vary depending on the country where the authority is based

Excluded services (which will attract additional costs)

The following items are not included in the above legal costs range and will attract additional costs:

  • The above legal costs ranges are based on our review of the documents required for your application. If you consider that we need to see and advise on documents that are not set out in the detailed list we provide to you then this work would not be covered in the above legal costs range and would involve you incurring additional legal costs, which will be dependent on the number of documents and complexity of the documents
  • Attendance, travel and waiting time at any interview requested by the Home Office. If you are invited to attend an interview, we will be happy to discuss this with you and/or attend with you. The length and nature of the interview is not within our control, though on average an interview may last anywhere between 1 hour and 8 hours or more. We would therefore simply charge our hourly rate for our travel time, time spent waiting and being engaged at the interview, and travel expenses at cost 
  • If you wish us to withdraw your application/ appeal, any new work will be subject to additional legal costs
  • If your case is refused/ dismissed, whilst we will advise you of the outcome and possible options available to you, any subsequent work you instruct us to carry out is not included in the above legal costs range and would be subject to additional legal costs, which we would be happy to discuss with you at the time
  • Once we have communicated the Home Office/ Tribunal decision to you, this will bring our service to an end and any subsequent work will be subject to additional legal costs
  • Travelling and waiting time at the Tribunal for the full hearing in excess of 5 hours (including the hearing) and/or external meetings, and travel expenses at cost 
  • Attendance, travel and waiting time for procedural hearings required in addition to the full hearing, although these do not usually happen, and travel expenses at cost
  • Attendance, travel and waiting times at any rescheduled hearings, and travel expenses at cost
  • Ad hoc immigration enquiries not immediately related to your case
  • Courier costs, at cost

Version: 2

Effective Date: 21 November 2019

Dixcart Legal Limited

The data contained within this document is for general information only. No responsibility can be accepted for inaccuracies. Readers are also advised that the law and practice may change from time to time. This document is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute accounting, legal or tax advice. Professional advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from any action as a result of the contents of this document.