As employer solutions lawyers, we provide strategic consultancy and managed services that ensure that businesses and HR practices are both fully compliant with legal requirements and effective in meeting people-led business objectives.
We charge £295 per hour and our principal, Anne Morris’ rate is £450. In many cases for the visa applications listed below, once we have reviewed your circumstances and satisfied that you are eligible to apply, we charge for our service on a fixed fee arrangement. This means that even if the work on your application takes longer than initially anticipated there will be no additional charges unless there is a significant change to your circumstances or instructions.
The costs for the various applications can vary depending on your circumstances, including where you currently live, your previous immigration history, whether you have access to the correct documentation in a timely manner and the amount of supporting evidence we have to review and time to prepare the application.
Additional factors you need to consider are the Home Office processing times, whether you will be interviewed and in the event of your application being deferred for consideration by a more senior Caseworker at the Home Office.
The immigration rules in the UK are complex and subject to frequent changes.
When you instruct DavidsonMorris in connection with any of the visa types as listed below, our service working with you is to discuss and review your circumstances in detail and consider all the visa options available and determine which application is the most appropriate for you. Ensure that you fully understand the pros and cons of each visa option and whether there are any reasons why the application you intend to make could be refused by the Home Office.
All of the above types of visa applications must be supported by the relevant documentation and presented to the Home Office in accordance with their guidelines. We will ensure that you receive clear instructions on the type and format of the documentation and whether any of the documents need to be attested or translated.
If you need assistance to obtain certain documents, such as a letter from your bank or medical records, we will contact the provider and arrange to obtain the documentation.
Once your application has been submitted to the Home Office, our work is to liaise with the Home Officials on your behalf until a decision has been made and your documents returned. Unfortunately for certain types of applications such as Long Residency and Discretionary Leave, the processing times can take 6 – 9 months.
In the event that you will need the services of an interpreter or your documents need to be translator, we will confirm the costs of the service. If you have a friend or relative who can interpret for you, please feel free to bring them along to our meetings. Please note – the Home Office will only accept documents that have been translated by a specialist company, which means you will incur costs for translating documents.
Travelling to meet you
We are regularly requested to meet our clients in person when they are applying from outside the UK. In addition to our fees, we charge for flight and accommodation expenses which if there are a number of applicants, for example a Tier 1 Entrepreneurial Team application, the costs can be divided across the applicants.
Our fees do not include any charges you will incur such as the Home Office application fees, special delivery postage costs, courier etc. We will advise you of the costs and when they must be paid.
Fixed Fee Arrangement
In many cases for the visa applications listed below, once we have reviewed your circumstances and satisfied that you are eligible to apply, we charge for our service on a fixed fee arrangement, which means that even if the work on your application takes longer than initially anticipated there will be no additional charges unless there is a significant change to your circumstances or instructions which impacts on the work schedule.
Current fixed fee charges are
£950 Naturalisation / Registration as a British citizen
£950 Applications on behalf EEA nationals and their family members
£5500 Spouse, partners fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners
£7500 Sole Representatives
£5500 Graduate Entrepreneurs
£17500 – £55000 Tier 1 Investors
£12500 – £35000 Tier 1 Entrepreneurs
£1200 Ancestry visas
£3500 Long residence
£3500 Discretionary Leave