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How much does an Immigration Lawyer cost?

Average Price
£100 to £300 per hour

How much does an Immigration Lawyer charge on average?

Need help with international legal matters but not sure of the cost? Read our handy guide to find out how much an immigration lawyer will charge depending on the service you require.

What is an Immigration Lawyer?

Immigration lawyers specialise in helping people become citizens of a particular country. They arrange visas so that people can live, work, study or invest in the country. As part of this, an immigration lawyer can also fight the case of someone who is being deported. Also, they can help people obtain citizenship through naturalisation. 

How much do Immigration Lawyers charge? 

The amount that immigration lawyers charge is variable depending on their level of experience. Your immigration matter may also be priced as a fixed fee, which will make it much easier to calculate the final cost. Here’s a rough breakdown of average costs based on local UK professionals: 

Average cost (per hour) £100 to £300

What changes the cost of an Immigration Lawyer? 

If your legal matter relates to the right to live in a particular country, then by choosing an immigration lawyer you are already on the right track. However, there are some key services that immigration lawyers provide that will affect the overall cost of hiring one: 

  • Work & study visas 

  • Indefinite leave to remain application 

  • British citizenship - naturalisation 

  • Asylum appeal 

  • Appeals against home office refusal 

  • The individual lawyer

Type of service 

Type of serviceHighest average price (in total) Lowest average price (in total)
Tier 1 investor visa£9,950£5,500
Tier 2 work visa£1,500£1,000
Leave to remain application£1,250£1,000
British citizenship (naturalisation)£2,500£1,300
Asylum appeal£5,000£1,700
Appeals against home office refusal£3,500£2,800

Leave to remain applications are on average the cheapest service to access from an immigration lawyer, starting at just £1,000.

Likewise, a tier 2 work visa also starts at around £1,000. The most expensive service is a tier 1 investor visa, which can be as much as £9,950. However, this also reflects the extremely high net worth the individual must have to apply in the first place. 

Work & study visas

If you are looking to live, work or study in the UK and do not have settlement rights then you will require a visa. The UK visa system is points-based and is separated into 5 different tiers. Though, at the time of writing only 4 tiers are currently active. 

Tier 1 is the most expensive tier type and is for investors, entrepreneurs and exceptional talent. An immigration lawyer charges upwards of £5,500 for their help in completing it. Help with a tier 2 work visa is the most affordable, ranging between £1,000 and £1,500.

Indefinite leave to remain application

Indefinite leave to remain is a type of immigration status that can be granted to someone who currently doesn’t have the right to live in the UK. The person will have been admitted to the country without a time limit on their stay, and are free to take up employment or enrol on an educational course. An immigration lawyer will charge between £1,000 and £1,500 for help in securing indefinite leave to remain.

British citizenship - naturalisation

Becoming a British citizen by naturalisation is possible for anyone who is above the age of 18, or for anyone who is married or is in a civil partnership with a British citizen. Likewise, if you have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before your application. The cost of an immigration lawyer to assist in your British citizenship case ranges between £1,300 and £2,500 on average. 

Asylum appeal

Granting asylum in another country is usually related to security concerns in your home country. As this issue is the most serious, an immigration lawyer will normally be needed to help prove your case. The fees can be as low as £1,700 but can range to £5,000. The actual cost will depend on the complexity of the case and how many family members wish to claim asylum. 

Appeals against home office refusal

If you have been refused the right to live in the UK, you will be told in your decision letter whether you have the right to appeal or not. Consulting an immigration lawyer would be your next step, with fees ranging between £1,700 and £5,000

The individual Lawyer

The experience of the lawyer, whether they work on a freelance basis or as part of a law firm and their location will all impact the cost of hiring their services. If the case is extremely complex and involves several family members, then this will require more hours of work for your immigration lawyer. However, your immigration lawyer should be upfront about any associated fees before you hire them. 

Is it worth hiring an Immigration Lawyer?  

When it comes to having the legal right to live, work, study or invest in the UK, it is well worth having a qualified expert on your side. After all, the legal system is complex and most people do not know nearly enough to be able to win a case without help. An immigration lawyer will be well versed in your particular issue, and so although they are expensive to hire, will give you the best possible chance at winning your case. 

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