You are liable for any disbursements which arise during your case. A disbursement is a payment which we make to a third party on your behalf. Disbursements include counsel fees, tribunal fees, interpreting and translation, although these are relatively rare in most immigration applications.
Typically work done by counsel includes providing a legal opinion, drafting grounds of appeal and representing you in the tribunal. Their costs will vary depending on the nature and complexity of the work, but will typically be between £500 and £3,000 plus VAT. This works out at between £600 and £3,600 inclusive of VAT.
Interpreting fees are typically between £30 to £100 per hour plus VAT. You may also have to cover any travel costs for the interpreter. Therefore, an hour’s interpreting will often cost between £35-110 plus VAT, or between £42 to £132 inclusive of VAT.
Translation companies usually charge by the word, usually around £0.10 to £0.20 per word plus VAT. Therefore, a 1,000 word document could cost between £10 and £20 plus VAT if payable. This would work out at between £12 and £24 inclusive of VAT.
The cost to lodge an application to appeal before the First-tier Tribunal is £140. VAT is not chargeable.
You are also liable to pay any Home Office fees. We will usually ask you to pay these fees directly to the Home Office rather than through us. The fees vary greatly depending on the type of application you make, and range from £90 to nearly £2,400. In our discussions with you, we will be as clear as we can, as early as we can, about the Home Office fees which will apply in your individual case.
You may also be liable to pay any Immigration Health Surcharge, if applicable. This is normally £624 per year but less if you are a student, on a Youth Mobility Scheme visa or are under 18. Certain Heath and Care professions are exempt from the charge.
VAT is not chargeable on Home Office applications or on the Immigration Health Surcharge.