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Immigration

Immigration Law:

We take pride in the quality of the work and assistance we provide to our client’s, which is demonstrated by our very high success rate achieved in the cases that we take on. Our dedicated Immigration Team routinely assist clients on a full spectrum of immigration law on a daily basis.

Our solicitor, Mr Manzoor Ahmad Shah, has substantial experience and in-depth knowledge of UK Immigration Laws and procedures to advise and represent clients in all aspects of immigration law, EU Regulations relating to migrants in the UK and Citizenship and Nationality Law.

We are happy to assist our private clients in relocating and settling in the UK, EEA applications, Leave to Remain applications under Tier 1, 2, 4, 5 and applications under the current Points-Based System, applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain, Nationality matters, applications for registration as British nationals, passport applications, as well as helping clients with more complex issues should they arise. We advise on cases across the entire spectrum of Private Client UK immigration law and are well-versed in helping individuals throughout the whole preparation and application process.

We are also dedicated to assisting our corporate clients in all areas of corporate immigration, from gaining Sponsor Licences to recruitment advice and avoiding criminal and civil penalties. We assist our corporate clients with advice on all issues pertaining to running a business in compliance with current immigration laws and hiring and maintaining migrant workers and represented corporate clients in their challenges to penalties imposed by Home Office for employing illegal workers.

Shah Law Chambers is committed to protecting the rights to liberty and to ensure that those unlawfully deprived of their liberties are represented. We have dealt with complex and unique cases, including refusals from the Home Office, asylum claims, Human Rights applications, sanctions, Deportation Orders and Immigration Detention. These cases require a deep and thorough understanding of UK Immigration Law and Criminal Law. We have successfully challenged Home Office decisions at the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal, through complex appeals, Judicial Reviews and Administrative Review.

The Principal, Mr Shah, is assisted by a dedicated Immigration team, who will help you in all privately funded matters. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to assist you under Legal Aid for Immigration cases.

Our firm generally operates fixed fees prices for most cases. However the costs vary according to the complexity of the case. On some occasions you will be charged on an hourly basis. All disbursements are in addition to the fixed fees & Home Office Fees. For postage, packaging, telecommunication charges, copying charges, stationary, sundries and miscellaneous there is a charge of 5% of our fees. If you are subject to VAT this will be added to the costs. However, if you have no status in the UK – you will not be charged VAT.

OUR TEAM
 

Manzoor Ahmad Shah – Principal Solicitor

Manzoor is the head of our team and has over 17 years’ experience. Manzoor has been supervising the
immigration department in the firm since its establishment in 2008.

Manzoor completed his BSc from University of Kashmir (J&K, India), LLB (hons) and Sharia’ Law from IIUI
(Islamabad, Pakistan).

Manzoor qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and gained experience in several law firms before opening his own
comprehensive practice in 2008. Manzoor has established a reputable conveyancing practice

Manzoor has also completed several professional development courses in conveyancing law.

Manzoor speaks fluent Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi and Arabic.

 

TanweerMohammed– Paralegal

Tanweer works under the direct supervision of Mr Shah and has over 8 months experience in Immigration. Tanweer will often be the caseworker on such matters and is regularly in contact with clients and the Tribunal.

Tanweer graduated from the University of Buckingham with an LLB in 2014 and completed his LPC at the University of Westminster in 2017.

 

FEES:

We can assist with various applications and the following table will explain our fee structure regarding each application.

Application type Approximate total fees (please note that VAT is payable in addition to the fees below at a rate of 20%)
Tier 2 Minister of Religion £2,000
Tier 2 General Migrant £2,000
Tier 1 Investor – extension £5,000
Tier 1 Entrepreneur – extension £5000
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – extension £3,500
Tier 4 Student £1,500
Tier 5 Visa £1,500
Innovator visa £5000 – £7,500
Start-up visa £5000 – £7,500
Global Talent visa £5000 – £7,500
EEA Family Permit / Residence Card / Registration Certificate £1,000 – £2,000
EEA Permanent Residence £1,000 – £2,000
Retained right of Residence £1,200 – £1,500
Appendix FM Entry Clearance – Partner £1,000 – £2,500
Appendix FM Leave to Remain – Partner £1,500 – £2,500
Indefinite Leave To Remain – Partner £1,500 – £3,000
Appendix FM Entry Clearance – Parent £1,500 – £2,500
Appendix FM Leave to Remain – Parent £1,500 – £2,000
Indefinite Leave To Remain – Parent £1,500 – £2,000
Entry Clearance – Child £1,000 – £3,000
British Citizenship £1,000 – £2,000
British Passport £1,000 – £3,000
British Registration £1,000 – £3,000
Initial Representations (Deportation) £1,500 – £5,000
Business Visa – Sole Rep £3,000 – £5,000
Asylum £2,500 – £7,000
Visitor Visa £1,000 – £2,000
Adult Dependant Relative £2,000 – £3,000
Discretionary leave to remain £1,500 – £3,000
Domestic worker £1,000 – £2,000
Private Life £1,000 – £2,000
UK Ancestry £1,000 – £2,000
ILR – Long Residence £1,500 – £2,500
ILR (Refugee) £1,000 – £2,000
SET(DV) £1,500 – £3,000

In the vast majority of cases we are able to offer our clients a fixed fee to prepare and submit their applications. However, in circumstances where this is not possible our fees will be calculated on an hourly rate of £250 plus VAT, where VAT is calculated at a rate of 20%.

If the matter is refused and proceeds to appeal, the charges for submitting the appeal range from £1,500 to £6,000 plus VAT, where VAT is charged at a rate of 20%.

We will provide you with a cost estimate based on the number of hours we reasonably expect to spend on your case and the disbursements that are likely to be incurred.

TYPICAL DISBURSEMENTS

We will advise you at the outset of all government fees relevant to your application.

The Home Office publish a comprehensive list of their application fees which it would not be appropriate to publish here, but which can beaccessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees-29-march-2019

Please note, the list does not include the Immigration Health Surcharge which we will calculate according to your personal circumstances and will be included among the disbursements payable.  The cost is £400 per year of leave applied for, with the exception of student application which is £200 per year of leave.

In addition, where translation and/or interpretation services are required, we will provide you with a quote for you to consider before we engage the third-party supplier. Typically, interpreters can charge in the region of £100 – £150 plus VAT per visit.

If the matter is refused then the disbursements will be:

  • Court fee Oral hearing £140.00.
  • Court Fee Paper hearing £80.00.
  • Barristers fees £600 to £3,000 depending on experience of the barrister and complexity of the case, VAT is dependent on the client’s immigration status.
 
Another disbursement that may be incurred can be that of an expert’s report and we will advise you as to whether this is required in your case. Typical experts include, but are not limited to, Independent Social Workers and Country Experts. Each expert will charge at their own respective rates;however, an estimate of an expert’s fees can be in the region of £1,000 – £2,000.

Please note that the above figures are an estimation of our costs for general immigration matters under the respective categories and may increase due to the complexities of the case on hand.

In the case of multiple applicants and/or dependents, we will amend the fees accordingly. You will be advised as to the total fees due upon instruction.
You will always be advised as to what the fees will be prior to the submission of the application, so that you are fully aware of any current and on-going costs that you need to be prepared for.

THE FEES INCLUDE

  • Taking instructions from you throughout the matter
  • Advising you as to the merits of your case and what you will be required to provide
  • Preparing the applications and any relevant forms
  • Drafting your statements (if required)
  • Making representations in support of your matter
  • Submitting the application to the Home Office or the Tribunal

Our fees will include any and all follow up correspondence up to a decision that is directly related to the case on hand.

THE FEES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
  • Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge.
  • Where the Home Office refuse your application, any advice and assistance in relation to any appeal or further application.
  • Barrister’s fees.
  • Applications for Dependants such as partner and children under 18.
  • Costs for English language tests, tuberculosis tests, criminal record certificates, biometrics.
  • Attendance at a Home Office interview: Interviews are rare in most categories, if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we can give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. We can give you an additional quote for this if required.
  • Translation costs for documents which must be provided to the Home Office in English
 

WHAT SERVICE IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Assessing your circumstances in detail and confirming which is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you.
  • Giving you advice about the requirements of the law and assessing whether you meet the criteria.
  • If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how.
  • Providing you with a detailed and tailored checklist of documents for your particular application and certain templates.
  • Considering your supporting evidence and providing feedback and advice.
  • Preparing the application covering letter with legal representations on our firm’s letterhead.
  • Liaising with any 3rd parties such as your accountants or business consultants to obtain the required evidence.
  • Completing the application form following your instructions and offering advice on completion and booking of visa appointments in the UK or abroad.
  • Preparing your application package for submission to the Home Office and advising on processing timelines.
  • Liaising with the Home Office on any further enquiries.
  • Giving you advice about the outcome of the application, conditions of your visa and any immediate further steps you need to take.

PROCESSING TIMES

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to complete an application, but their current processing times can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration/about-our-services

Normally, the Postal applications take 3-6 months to decide. However, you can use the Home Office’s Super Priority service and your case can be decided in 24 hours. However, if your case is complicated, it may take longer than the stipulated timeline.

For Out of country applications please refer to the Home Office guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-decision-waiting-times-applications-outside-the-uk

We always endeavour to submit applications to the Home Office as soon as possible, but this all depends on how quickly we are provided with the necessary information and documents.

Please note the above fees include taking instructions from you, advising you as to the merits of your case and what you will be required to provide, preparing the applications, drafting your statements (if required), making representations in support of your matter and submitting the application to the Home Office or the Tribunal. Our fees will include any and all follow up correspondence up to a decision that is directly related to the case on hand.

There may be Home Office fees, court fees, barrister fees and Immigration Health Surcharge fees payable. The amount will vary on a case by case basis and you will be advised as to what the fees will be prior to the submission of the application, so that you are fully aware of any current and on-going costs that you need to be prepared for.

We follow Home Office guidance for the completion of an immigration application.

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