Our team include some of the most highly qualified advisors in the country.
With a combined 60 years experience, you are in the safest of hands.
We are one of few firms nationwide able to offer advice from a Law Society accredited Advanced Level 3 advisor, and our team has represented Clients in complex and high profile litigation.
Iris Law Firm’s immigration lawyers have a wealth of experience and have represented sportsmen and women in immigration matters. We are lawyers of choice for some of the UK’s largest corporations, including some international corporations. We are able to assist in all aspects of immigration law.
We regularly appear in the First-tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal, the High Court and Court of Appeal. Our team of Solicitor-Advocates can ensure that your case is handed by your legal team within the firm from the beginning of your case, right through to any court hearings including advocacy services at Court or the Tribunal.
We can advise and assist with the following:
- Applications for Entry Clearance in all categories, for individuals and businesses including:
- Visitors (family visitors, marriage visitors, medical visitors, and tourists)
- Settlement (including spouses, retired persons, dependent relatives)
- Employment based (including business people, Work Permit and Highly Skilled Migrants – points based scheme)
- Applications to extend existing visas, or vary leave from inside the UK, in all categories
- Applications outside of the Immigration Rules/discretionary applications
- European Law, including Family Permits and residency under European law
- Asylum Applications including Fresh Claims
- ‘Legacy Cases’
- All forms of Appeals, to the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights
However, this list is not exclusive therefore if your query is not listed please contact us for further information.
Funding Options and Costs
We are able to offer Legal Aid dependent upon the circumstances of the case and your income, and so you may not have to pay for our services. If you do not qualify for free legal advice, we offer various funding options including very competitive hourly rates, and can also agree a fixed fee for MOST matters. We are able to agree payment plans where suitable.
Fixed fees cover all of the legal work required in connection with the particular application up to the point you receive a decision from the Home Office/Embassy. At this point we will discuss with you any options regarding an appeal or further steps you can take, together with further costs. If we offer a fixed fee in connection with an appeal, then the fee covers all of the legal work required in connection with your appeal, including representation at the Court/Tribunal, up to the promulgation of the court or Tribunal’s judgement. At this point we will advise you as to onward appeal rights and any associated further costs.
Here are some examples of our fixed fees:
Travel Document Applications
Submission of an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal
Visit Visa Applications
Family Reunion Applications
British Citizenship Applications (Naturalisation and Registration)
Submission of an appeal to the Upper Tribunal
Entry Clearance Applications as a spouse, parent, or other dependent relative
Applications for Leave to Remain as a spouse, parent, or other dependent relative
Long residence Applications
Human Rights Applications
Complex EEA Applications
Appeals including representation before the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal
Judicial Review Applications
Court of Appeal Applications
Applications under the Points Based System
The Basis of Our Charges and What is Included
The above fixed fee costs are calculated based upon the following hourly rates and the experience of your advisor:
- Senior Partners: £160.00 per hour
- Partner: £140.00 per hour
- Solicitors: £120.00 per hour
- Accredited Immigration Caseworkers: £100.00 per hour
Included in our fees are all of the common key stages of immigration applications:
Taking initial instructions, reviewing any initial paperwork and providing you with our initial advice as to the merits of your claim and the issues involved
- Advice regarding any supporting evidence you will need
- Preparation of the application and completion of any associated application forms
- Taking or reviewing witness statements
- Preparation of supporting legal representations
- Considering and advising you on the response to your claim/application
Please note that if you are applying along with your family then the fees may increase if multiple applications are required.
The fees above do not include 3rd party charges, known as ‘Disbursements’. In immigration applications, such charges can include application fees payable to the Home Office or Embassy, the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge Fee, and fees payable to experts such as medical experts – for medical reports or DNA reports, or country expert reports. These fees vary in each case and we will provide you with quotes from the experts concerned and discuss these with you prior to incurring any costs on your behalf. If your case is privately funded (not funded by Legal Aid) then we will usually take payment for such disbursements on account from you, and then pay the expert directly.
All costs and most disbursements are subject to VAT at 20%, however, if you are not ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK then you are not liable to pay VAT.
All applications will be undertaken by either a fully qualified solicitor or a suitably qualified member of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, run by the Law Society.
How Long Will Your Case Take?
Naturally, each case presents different issues and there are many factors which can affect the timescale involved in your case reaching a conclusion. For example, some applications need to be made urgently where an applicant’s existing visa is due to expire, and we will always work towards those urgent deadlines to protect your position. We are usually unable to begin preparing an application until we have certain documents from you and so it is important that you provide us with any documents we have requested as soon as possible. Where we have the documents we require, we aim to have an application completed within 14 days.
The time it takes to receive a decision is usually the longest period in immigration applications, as it is impacted by the operations of both the UK Visas & Immigration and the Visa Application Centres in each respective country which change and which are outside of our control. It is not possible for us to give you a definitive time frame in which a decision will be made, however applications made inside the UK can take up to 6 months, whereas applications made outside the UK can take up to 12 weeks, on average.