Our costs for application for indefinite leave to remain or application for naturalisation

When applying for an indefinite leave to remain, or carrying out an application for naturalisation there could be many elements of the process that you are unsure about. We do not believe that clarity over your legal fees should be one of them.

To help you through what can be an uncertain time, we have outlined the likely costs. We will provide advice and support to enable you to confidently complete your application for indefinite leave to remain or for naturalisation/British Citizenship, and at the end of the process charge you an agreed fee for our work.

How much does it cost?

The fee range for assisting you to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK is from around £1,500 +VAT to £2,000 +VAT. The exact fee will depend on:

  • your circumstances  and whether you have sufficient and lawful residence in the UK to meet the immigration rules
  • whether you have criminal convictions, and if so,  how serious they are
  • the amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • which language(s) you speak
  • whether you are applying with your spouse and or children. There will be a separate charge for your dependants.

What can I do to keep my costs down?

If you are able to provide clear instructions and sufficient evidence at our first meeting to  meet the applicable immigration rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.

Who will be carrying out my application?

If you choose to instruct Royds Withy King it is highly likely that Kate Benefer or Olivia Coles in our Business Immigration team will either head up or closely supervise your application process.

Kate Benefer, Partner

Kate is a partner in Oxford. She has extensive experience across a wide range of legal matters and advises businesses and individuals on business immigration.

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Olivia Coles, Associate

Olivia is an associate in our Employment & HR team and has a wide range of experience across employment law matters.

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Mike Thomson

Mike is an employment lawyer who advises clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment and immigration matters.

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Juliette Sanderson Neil

Juliette is a solicitor in our Employment and HR team based in our London office and advises businesses and individuals on all aspects of employment law.

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Adrian Henderson

Adrian is also part of the firm’s Business Immigration team. He also advises on all aspects of employment law, and negotiates settlement agreements,

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What services are included?

The work will involve:

  • one meeting with you to discuss your circumstances, provide advice on the immigration rules and whether you meet the criteria to apply for indefinite leave to remain or naturalisation. If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome. This meeting generally lasts between two  to three hours
  • considering the supporting evidence you have provided. This is usually the most time consuming part of the application process as you have to demonstrate your lawful residence in the UK*
  • where necessary, helping you to obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements). However you will be liable for any disbursements payable to third parties in respect of such further evidence
  • preparing your application and assisting you to submit it
  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

*the length of time depends on the number of documents we are asked to review, whether they need to be translated, whether you have provided originals or copies, if any are missing, and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents.

What is not included in the price range given?

Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this fee to the Home Office directly as part of the application process

We do not handle any of these additional transactions or disbursements, and you will be required to make these payments yourself, however if you need any assistance or guidance then we will be able to help you.

How long will my application take?

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 3 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. 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.

What are the hourly rates?

The rate you will be charged will depend on the location, the seniority, as well as the urgency of your legal work. The table below indicates the different pricing points for these criteria.

Role Standard regional rate Standard London rate
Equity Partner £310 £425
Salaried Partner £310 £425
Senior Associate £275 £320
Associate £250 £280
Solicitor £220 £250
Litigation Executive £210 £235
FILEX £200 £230
Consultant £300 £425
Legal Assistant £100 £120
Trainee £150 £175
Paralegal £125 £150

Contact us if you would like to discuss your application for indefinite leave to remain or an application for naturalisation.

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