There are many different types of applications that can be made for British Nationality/Citizenship. Usually the time taken to prepare and deal with such applications will vary between 5-10 hours approximately. The likely costs on average could be between £750.00 and £2000.00 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) and these figures do not include VAT or disbursements such as application fees, interpreters, translators etc.
£300.00 (plus VAT per hour) Senior Solicitors & Directors (over 8 years experience)
£250.00 (plus VAT per hour) Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years experience
£200.00 (plus VAT per hour) all other solicitors
£150 (plus VAT per hour) Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals
The following factors for example will determine the exact amount of time that your case will take:
- The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider;
- Your immigration history in particular if you entered the UK illegally or have overstayed;
- If you have any criminal convictions or civil judgments against you;
- If you have been involved in any legal activities that suggest you are of a bad character, an extremist etc
The more straightforward the application the cheaper it will likely be and likewise the more complex the matter the more expensive it will be. After the first appointment you will usually be provided with a costs indication.
What services are included?
The work will involve:
- Assessing your immigration history to see if you qualify to apply for citizenship;
- If you do not meet certain conditions which are not a mandatory reason for refusal then to discuss if and how we might be able to overcome any such issues;
- Take detailed information from you and identify what documents you have and what further documents and evidence is needed to maximise your chances of success;
- Assist you in preparing and or obtaining further evidence and documents;
- Once all of the evidence that is needed can be obtained has been obtained then the application form will be completed;
- Submit the application to the Home Office;
- Advising you on what to do once a decision is received whether that decision is positive or negative.
Disbursements (fees and costs in addition to our fees):
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the Home Office fees, medical or other experts’ fees / interpreter fees, etc.
- Interpreter’s fees start at £35.00 per hour.
- Translation of any documents that are not in English, if necessary we will let you know as soon as possible and what the likely costs are.
- If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional costs and disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.
The costs quoted here do not include:
- Any Home Office feesfor making the application. The relevant fee can be checked on the Home Office website because they change from time to time.
- The fee quoted above does not cover the costs of attendance at any interview.
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal or judicial review.
How long will my application take?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. The processing times can be checked on the Home Office website. There may be options for making applications on the same day service you will be advised about this once the case has been assesses.
We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 4 weeks of you instructing us if all the necessary documents are readily available. A more accurate time span will be given to you after we have assessed your case.