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Personal Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Our specialist immigration lawyers handle all aspects of immigration work, from initial applications to appeals, enabling us to provide a seamless service to individuals from the beginning of their immigration journey in the UK, through to British citizenship.

There are many reasons why people choose to relocate to the UK. It may be for love, study or due to a long-standing family connection. The possibilities are endless, and we have the expertise to deal with all scenarios.

Our immigration lawyers can provide assistance in all areas of personal immigration law, for individuals of all ages, including students, visitors, high-net-worth individuals and those wishing to work in the UK. We can help with all areas of immigration law, including:

  • Family migration
  • Dependent relative applications
  • Complex human rights-based applications
  • Long residence
  • Inter-country adoption and surrogacy
  • Student and Graduate visas
  • Children (including children in care)
  • UK ancestry
  • Deportation
  • Settlement
  • Visitors
  • EU citizen and family member’s applications following Brexit
  • Nationality and citizenship
  • Asylum
  • Detention and bail

The team regularly makes applications outside the Immigration Rules, including for children and other vulnerable people. We act for those detained under the Immigration Act, including bringing claims for unlawful detention and applying for immigration bail.

We also act for those facing deportation from the UK following conviction in this country. The team has experience in the complexities of extradition and immigration, working with our criminal law team in these cases.

Our immigration lawyers are nationally recognised and are known for providing clear immigration advice, tailored for each situation and individual. We are committed to navigating our clients through the complex and constantly evolving area of immigration law, with their best interests remaining at the forefront. We understand our clients’ perspectives and work in partnership with them to minimise any stress or difficulties that may occur when moving across the world.

We have consistently been ranked as one of the leading providers of personal immigration advice by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for many years. We also have a specialist Business Immigration team who will be able to help you with business-related immigration enquiries.

Our Immigration team has close links with our Crime, Family, Public Law and Employment teams, and we can call on their additional expertise when needed allowing us to provide a seamless service to our clients.

We provide cost-effective specialist legal services tailored to our clients’ needs. Where available, we offer legal aid to clients to assist them to fund their case.

Immigration legal issues are often time-sensitive. Seeking legal advice at your earliest opportunity will put you in the best position to progress your case. To make an enquiry you can call our immigration solicitors on: +44 (0)20 7014 2090 or fill out the enquiry form here.

What others say

The solicitors are very committed and knowledgeable, with good strategic and practical judgement. They are always exceptionally well prepared; we really like working with them.

Chambers and Partners 2022 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

They are really responsive and always very strategic in their outlook.

Chambers and Partners 2022 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

Superb work marshalling factually complex cases for the most vulnerable clients, for whom she gets brilliant results.

Legal 500 2022 – Immigration

They are very responsive and their cases are all exceptionally well prepared. Strategic analysis is always at the forefront of their minds.

Chambers and Partners 2021 – Immigration: Personal

Absolutely fantastic – extremely organised, professional and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Chambers and Partners 2021 – Immigration: Personal

Their litigation judgement is exceptional, as their record in winning cases against public authorities illustrates.

Chambers and Partners 2021 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

They are all really excellent; they all have really good legal knowledge and experience.

Chambers and Partners 2021 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

This is a really excellent team – everyone is really committed to their clients and they all work very hard.

Legal 500 2021 – Immigration

Bindmans are probably the best legal aid immigration firm in the market. I know that if I have a case with them, and it is capable of winning in court, it will win. They always prepare cases in meticulous detail, with an excellent understanding of the relevant law. It is a pleasure to work with Bindmans.

Legal 500 2021 – Immigration

Exceptional immigration practice that provides advice across matters of asylum, human rights and nationality law. Advises a number of leading charities and not-for-profit groups as well as assisting local authorities in relation to children in care. Assists with legal aid cases including domestic violence and trafficking cases.

Chambers and Partners 2020 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

The depth of knowledge together with matchless experience sets Bindmans apart. Historically a campaigning firm, in this area their experience enables them to map the line between aspiration and success with precision especially in cases against public authorities. Their long term policy of organic growth means exceptional staff retention and loyalty, which also contributes to their consistently excellent performance.

Legal 500 2020 – Immigration

Exceptional immigration practice that provides advice across matters of asylum, human rights and nationality law. Sources hail the team’s compassion, tact and professional approach in representing the victims of trafficking and abuse. Advises a number of leading charities and not-for-profit groups as well as assisting local authorities in relation to children in care. Assists with legal aid cases including domestic violence and trafficking cases.

Chambers and Partners 2019 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

Bindmans LLP has a ‘fantastic’ immigration team, which handles a range of asylum and nationality law mandates. The team is active across asylum and human rights cases and is experienced in appeals, judicial reviews, extradition law, citizenship applications, detention, bail and deportation matters. The team has a strong track record in representing children subject to immigration control, and representing victims of trafficking and other vulnerable clients. Advising on immigration issues in adoption and surrogacy cases and advising family members of British and settled people are also key areas of focus. On the business immigration side, the team is instructed by a number of NGOs, charities and unions, and it also acts for SMEs and individuals. The team has been advising a number of clients on EEA matters, where the team has in-depth experience.

Legal 500 2019 – Immigration

Exceptional immigration practice that provides advice across matters of asylum, human rights and nationality law. Sources hail the team’s compassion, tact and professional approach in representing the victims of trafficking and abuse. Advises a number of leading charities and not-for-profit groups as well as assisting local authorities in relation to children in care.

Chambers and Partners 2018 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

Exceptional immigration practice that provides advice across matters of asylum, human rights and nationality law. Sources hail the team’s compassion, tact and professional approach in representing the victims of trafficking and abuse. Advises a number of leading charities and not-for-profit groups as well as assisting local authorities in relation to children in care.

Chambers and Partners 2018 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

The team is one of the best there is. I would not hesitate to recommend someone to them and I would know that they were in very safe hands.

Chambers and Partners 2018 – Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation

Bindmans LLP’s ‘impressive’ immigration, asylum and nationality practice has vast expertise across a range of asylum and human rights cases such as extradition law, representing victims of trafficking and other vulnerable clients, detention, bail and deportation. It is the ‘go-to firm for complex family immigration work, in particular for children in care, adopted and surrogate born children and children subject to guardianship orders; its asylum and human rights work is first-rate’. On the business immigration side, the team acts for individuals, SMEs, trade unions and not-for-profit organisations.

Legal 500 2018 – Immigration
How to pay for your case

What will your case cost?

Our charges range from £185 per hour to £425 per hour, depending on the seniority of the solicitor dealing with your case. You can read about our team HERE. In many cases we can offer a fixed fee for certain applications, once we have reviewed your circumstances.  This means that we will charge you a fixed amount, even if the work on your application takes longer than anticipated, provided that there are no unforeseen complications or significant changes to your instructions.

The costs for different applications vary according to whether you are already living in the UK or are abroad, your previous immigration history, the amount of supporting evidence we have to consider, the urgency of your case, whether you are able to provide the documents necessary for your application speedily, the complexity of your case and Home Office processing times which vary greatly according to the type of application. All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

We normally charge 2 – 3 hours for an initial consultation including written follow up advice after which we then can give you an estimate for your case, including a fixed fee.

Fixed Fees

In many cases once we have reviewed your situation we will be able to fix the costs of your case. This means that we will charge you a fixed fee for your case, even if the work on your application takes longer than anticipated, provided that there are no unforeseen complications or significant changes to your instructions. The fixed fee will not include any disbursements, such as Home Office fees or VAT. If the matter is terminated before completion (for example if you are unable to provide documents requested or you withdraw your instructions) we will charge for the time spent at our usual hourly rates.  Any additional work required outside the scope of the fixed fee will be charged on an hourly basis unless otherwise agreed. If such work is required, we will inform you and provide an estimate.  

Value Added Tax VAT 

Value added tax (VAT) has to be added to our fees and all disbursements. This applies if your usual place of residence is the UK, including if you had leave to remain in the UK but overstayed. If you are not resident in the UK, or you entered the country without permission or as an asylum seeker and do not yet have leave to remain, you are not normally liable to pay VAT. 

Disbursements 

In addition to our costs you will be responsible for paying costs payable to another organisation which are incurred by us on your behalf, such as Home Office application fees, the Immigration Health Surcharge if applicable, Tribunal and Court fees, barristers’ fees, expert report fees, interpreter/translation costs, our travel costs (if we have to travel outside our office on your behalf, for example to a Tribunal hearing or to the Home Office) and courier costs.

More information about Home Office fees, including the Immigration Health Surcharge, can be found HERE and HERE.

The Home Office has recently introduced an on-line application scheme for many applications, in conjunction with a commercial partner, Sopra Steria which charges additional fees for various services, including speedier processing times. The fees for the priority service are £477, and for the super priority service are £610.  The fee for the standard service depends on the type of application.

Interpreters’ charges vary, but typically charge £25 – £150 per hour (including for travel time), + VAT if applicable.  

The Home Office asks that all documents are translated by a certified translator. Translators’ fees vary but are typically between £90 to £109 per 1,000 words + VAT depending on language and the complexity of the text.

Experts’ fees vary greatly, depending on the subject matter, but typically range from £750 to £5,000 + VAT if applicable.

How long will my case take to be processed by the Home Office?

The Home Office service standard is six months for most applications. However, for some applications it is possible to pay for additional services, including a speedier consideration of your application under a “priority” service where a decision is made in 5 working days or “super priority” service where a decision is made on the next working day. We can advise you about the costs of these additional services.

Applications for Naturalisation or registration as a British citizen

Typically these applications take about 4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We frequently offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which for naturalisation by an adult are £1,330, for registration of an adult are £1,206 and registration of a child are £1.012.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Applications on behalf of European Economic Area nationals and their family members, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards and registration certificates

Typically these applications take about 4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We frequently offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £65. 

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Student and work experience visas

Typically these applications take about 4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.  We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which for students under Tier 4 are £348 for entry clearance, and for £475 for in-country applications for an extension. Home Office application fees for work experience under Tier 5 are £244.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which is £150 per year of visa applied for. This fee is due to double on 19 December  2018.

Further information about Home Office fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found HERE and HERE.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Visit visas for visiting family and friends and tourism

Typically these applications take about 4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.  We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £93 for a single entry visa, £350 for a 2 year multiple re-entry visa, £636 for a 5 year multiple re-entry visa and £798 for a 10 year multiple re-entry visa.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Partner applications, including spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, fiancées, and prospective civil partners

Typically these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £4,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £1,523 for entry clearance, and for in-country applications £1,033 for an extension of stay and £2,389 for settlement.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which is £200 per year of visa applied for. 

Further information about Home Office fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found HERE and HERE

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Applications for work or business under the Points Based System

There are a number of different categories of the Immigration Rules which allow you to work in the UK including Tier 2 and sole representative of an overseas business for employees, and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) for the self employed.

Tier 2 – employees

Typically these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £4,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £610 for entry clearance, and for in-country applications £1,033 for an extension of stay and £2,389 for settlement.

Sole representatives of an overseas business

Typically these applications take about 15 – 25 hours and thus our fees can range from £2,775 to £10,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser and the complexity of the case. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.
Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £610 for entry clearance, and for in-country applications £1,033 for an extension of stay and £2,389 for settlement.

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

Typically these applications take about 15 – 25 hours and thus our fees can range from £2,775 to £10,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser and the complexity of the case. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.
Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £1,277 for entry clearance, and for in-country applications £1,033 for an extension of stay and £2,389 for settlement.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

All these categories, both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which is £200 per year of visa applied for, read more HERE.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Dependent relative and family reunion applications

Typically these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £4,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.  We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £3,250 for entry clearance, and in-country £2,389 for settlement.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Ancestry applications

Typically these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £4,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £516 for entry clearance, for in-country applications £1,033 for an extension of stay and £2,389 for settlement.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which is £200 per year of visa applied for. 

Further information about Home Office fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found HERE.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Long residence applications under the Rules

Long residence applications under the Immigration Rules can vary, but typically these applications take about –4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400+ VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.  

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are £2,389 for settlement.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found at this link HERE. All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Advice and representation at the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in relation to appeals against Home Office visa or immigration decisions

We also provide representation in immigration appeals relating to refusals of visa and leave to remain applications. Typically First-tier Tribunal appeal work can take between 20 and 40 hours (so from £3,700 to £16,000 plus VAT if applicable depending on the seniority of your adviser) for an appeal before the First-tier Tribunal and more if the appeal is adjourned. Tribunal appeal fees are £140 per appellant. We instruct barristers to represent clients in the Tribunal. Their fees vary but as a guide will range from £1,000 to £5,000 plus travel costs and VAT depending on seniority, complexity and the location of the hearing. If you require an interpreter or for documents to be translated, or an expert report to be obtained, this would cost more, please see this LINK HERE.

Other categories both within and outside the Immigration Rules

The Immigration Rules have a number of different categories for entry and leave to remain. We also make applications outside the Immigration Rules.  We can provide you with an estimate for other categories not mentioned on these pages.

Legal Aid

We offer legal aid for those clients who are entitled to it. Legal aid is subject to a means test and is not normally available for immigration or nationality cases, apart from applications under the domestic violence rule and immigration bail. However, we can apply to the Legal Aid Agency for exceptional case funding in appropriate cases.

Meet the team

Liz Barratt
Partner

Joint Head of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Roberta Haslam
Partner

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Alison Stanley
Partner

Joint Head of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Tanya Goldfarb
Senior Consultant

Head of Business Immigration

Emma Cohen
Associate

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Karma Hickman
Associate

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Elisabeth Attwood
Solicitor

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality | Here for Good Volunteer Co-ordinator

Alice Davis
Solicitor

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Carla Mirallas Martinez
Solicitor

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Naomi Gillespie
Trainee solicitor

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Amy O’Shea
Trainee solicitor

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Vincent Palfi
Trainee solicitor

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

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