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Price Information

To ensure our clients and our potential clients have the information they need to make informed choices about the services offered by Hartley Bain, we set out below a guide to our prices. As a specialist immigration consultancy we undertake the broadest range of immigration work and this guide deals largely with the work that we undertake on behalf of members of the public. However, we also provide immigration services to businesses and not all of those services are included in this guide.   

Depending on the type of application and the client’s circumstances we may offer a fixed fee or an hourly-rated quotation for our costs.  The information below relates to both these circumstances. 

The circumstances of each individual applicant is unique and it is notoriously difficult to provide a single price which would cover all eventualities, so when considering whether or not you would like to engage our services for any of the applications set out in the guide below, it is essential to take careful note of the following information:   


All of the prices quoted exclude VAT.    


These fees represent our professional fees; in other words, this is the amount that we will charge for the legal work that our firm will undertake on your case. 

Due to the individual nature of each application, the services provided to each client may differ.

Generally, in each standard application, our services will involve advising you about the relevant law and procedures, preparing the application for submission, liaising with you and third parties (where necessary) on your behalf and generally dealing with the matter until a decision is reached on the application.   


Any costs which we may incur on your behalf are not included in our professional fees. These can include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Payments made to the Home Office/UKVI on your behalf, such as application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge, submission costs etc.; 
  • Payments made to third parties on your behalf, such as HM Revenue & Customs, HM Passport Office or to the Land Registry etc.; 
  • Preparing Schedules of Absences from the UK; 
  • Fees payable to Courts or Tribunals; 
  • External Translation fees; 
  • Costs of Experts or Agents instructed on your behalf 
  • Non routine postage charges and courier charges; 
  • Travel and meeting expenses. 

We also charge for other services that we can provide on your behalf. This may include: 

  • Photocopying and print room services; 
  • Bank charges; 
  • Document Certification Fees; 
  • Translation Fees; 
  • There may be an additional charge for a representative of Hartley Bain to attend with you at the Home Office’s Public Enquiry Office or Overseas Visitors Records Office (for Police Registration) in the UK if applicable. 

Please note that the guide below sets out the prices for different types of immigration applications but individual circumstance may call for a combination of applications or for some intervention in advance of the application. We will always advise you about this and the anticipated cost. As your matter progresses, should it become clear that further costs may be necessary, we will of course provide an update at the earliest opportunity.  The fees quoted below are for standard applications, except where specified. More complex matters will attract higher fees, but we will always advise you on this.   


We do offer fixed fees for the majority of the work that we provide and these are indicated as such in this guide.  A fixed fee is an agreed fee, which will not be varied up or down, and is not dependant on the application being successful. As set out above, any disbursements or expenses (costs that we incur on your behalf or for the purposes of carrying out our work) are payable in addition to our fees.  In the event of your instructions being withdrawn prior to the submission of the application, the fixed fee, together with any disbursements and expenses, will remain payable in full. 

We also work on hourly rates. Depending on the work you instruct us to do we may charge by the hour. The rate that we charge, or bill, per hour is dependant on the seniority and expertise of the person undertaking the work.  It may be cost effective to have a range of people on differing rates working on your matter, having more junior people doing the basic, routine work and a more qualified person making the strategic decisions and overseeing the work of the juniors.  Below is a guide to the hourly rates we charge for people of differing seniority and expertise.    

Name  Hourly rate 
Directors  £250 – £350 
Senior Consultants  £250 – £300 
Consultants  £150 – £200 
Paralegals  £100 – £150 
Media Researchers  £150 

At the start of each instruction, we will provide an estimate of the cost we anticipate on your matter. It is always difficult to accurately gauge the costs of a case where we charge by the hour as this can vary depending on new information, underlining issues, complexity of the matter etc. In these cases we will try to provide you with estimates for each stage.  Where we provide an indicative fee range or estimate, it operates as a guide and not a cap. Estimates will be based on a number of assumptions and if we encounter unforeseen work or complexity this may cause our fees to increase above any fee range or estimate provided. You must not consider them to be maximum or fixed-fee quotations. 

We will give you the best information we can about the likely overall cost of the matter at the outset and at other appropriate times. We will always inform you of who will be working on your case and their hourly rate.  Please note, we record and charge for our time in 6-minute increments. 


This applies where a fixed fee is quoted or where the amount charged is based on the hourly rates of the people doing the work for a standard application. Some examples are: 

  • Unexpected circumstances in your immigration history, personal circumstances, or financial status which we were not aware of at the outset; 
  • Delays in obtaining information requested; 
  • Information provided being inaccurate, out of date, inadequate or requiring translation; or 
  • Where there are short deadlines. 

More complex applications may attract higher fees, and we will always advise you on this.   


This applies where a fixed fee is quoted or where the amount charged is based on the hourly rates of the people doing the work. Some examples are: 

  • Where we have undertaken work on your behalf in the past and your immigration history is familiar to us; or 
  • Where we do multiple applications for the same organisation or family; or 
  • Where you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules. 


We have set out this guide as simply as possible, explaining the applications with as little legal jargon as possible, but still retaining the descriptions of the applications used by the Home Office for ease of reference.  Please note that you must always seek legal advice to determine whether or not you are eligible to make an application in any of the categories set out below.   

Type of Case   Guideline Fees 
Initial Consultation  £250.00 (price of consultation may be deducted from professional fees if further instruction is made). 

Investor applications  

Applying to reside in the UK on the basis of investing either £2,000,000, £5,000,000, £10,000,000 or more in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies.  

Tier 1 (Investor) – Entry Clearance  £15,000 – £20,000 
Tier 1 (Investor) – In-Country Switch  £10,000 – £15,000 
Tier 1 (Investor) – Extension  £5,000 – £6,000 
Tier 1 (Investor) – Indefinite Leave to Remain  £5,500 – £7,500 

Entrepreneur applications 

Applying to reside in the UK on the basis of wanting to set up or run a business in the UK and having access to either at least £50,000 or £200,000. 

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Entry Clearance  £2,000 – £10,000 
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – In-Country Switch  £2,000 – £10,000 
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Extension  £2,000 – £8,000 
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Indefinite Leave to Remain  £2,000 – £8,000 

Entrepreneur applications for Graduates 

Available to graduates identified by Higher Education Institutions as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills to establish one or more businesses in the UK. 


Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)  £6,000 
 Students – over 16 years old 

Available to students who have been offered an unconditional offer for a course at the required level by an education provider, who is recognised as a Tier 4 Sponsor by the Home Office.    

Tier 4 (General) Student  £1000.00 – £2000 

Students – aged between 4 – 17 years old 

Available to students who have been offered a place on a course at an independent school in the UK  

Tier 4 (Child) Student – Entry Clearance  £1,200 – £2,000 
Tier 4 (Child) Student – In-Country Switch  £1,200 – £2,000 
Tier 4 (Child) Student – Extension  £1,200 – £2,000 
Parent of a Child at School  £1,200 – £2,000 

Individuals from participating countries 

Available to sponsored young people (aged 18 – 30 years old) from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the UK.  

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Temporary Migrants 
– Entry Clearance 

Family members of applicants under the Points-Based-System 

Applying with or to join a family member who is making an application/ already granted with a visa under the Points-Based-System (PBS). 

PBS Dependant Entry Clearance  £1000 for first dependant 

£500 for each additional dependant applying 

PBS Dependant In-Country Switch  As above 
PBS Dependant Extension  As above 
PBS Dependant Indefinite Leave to Remain  As above 


Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – indefinite leave 

Available to those who hold settled status (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK. You can apply for a BRP to replace the visa held within your passport. 

No Time Limit Application  £750  

Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – limited leave 

People who have limited leave endorsed in a passport that is lost, stolen, damaged or due to expire can have their leave transferred to a BRP. 

Transfer of Conditions  £750  

BRP is lost or stolen 

You can report your BRP lost or stolen from inside or outside the UK. You can only order a replacement from inside the UK. 

BRP Replacement  £750  

Visiting the UK 

If you are visiting the UK for any purpose (such as leisure or business), you may require a visit visa to enter the UK. 


Visit Visa  £1,000 – £3,000  

Residing in the UK as an European Economic Area (EEA)  national or family member of an EEA national 

EEA Family Permit 

Available if you are a family member of an EEA national wanting to enter the UK 

£1,500 – £2,500 



EEA Registration Certificate 

Available for EEA nationals currently residing in the UK to confirm status in the UK 


£1,500- £2,000 



EEA Residence Card 

Available to family members of an EEA national to confirm status in the UK 


£1,500 – £2,500 



EEA Permanent Residence (PR) 

Available to EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals who have been residing in the UK for 5 continuous years  


£1,500 – £2,500 



EEA PR + Nationality + Passport 




Settlement under Immigration Rules 

10 Year Lawful Residence 

Available to applicants who have been living legally in the UK for 10 continuous years  


£1500 – £2500 


Becoming a British Citizen 

For applicants who want to obtain British nationality.  


Naturalise as British Citizen 6(1) 

Available to individuals who have already  

obtained settled status in the UK (either  

Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave  

to Remain) and held it for 12 months 


£700 – £2500 


Naturalise as British Citizen 6(2) 

Available to individuals who have already obtained settled status in the UK (either Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain) and are married to a British Citizen 


£700 – £2500 


Register a Child as a British Citizen 

Available to children under 18 years old who wish to obtain British nationality  


£700- £2500 

Family members of British Citizens 

Available for those who are family members of British citizens who wish to reside in the UK on this basis.  

Appendix FM – Entry Clearance  £1,200 – £5,000 
Appendix FM – In Country Switch  £1,200 – £5,000 
Appendix FM – Extension  £1,200 – £5,000 
Appendix FM – Indefinite Leave to Remain 


£1,200 – £5,000 


First British Passport Application  £500 
Working in the UK    
Tier 2 (General) 

Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a skilled job in the UK 


Tier 2 (General) Entry Clearance 


£1,200 – £1,500 

Tier 2 (General) Leave to Remain  £1,200 



Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant 

Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a role in a UK branch from their overseas employer  

Tier 2 (ICT) Entry Clearance  £1,200 – £1,500 
Tier 2 (ICT) Leave to Remain  £1,200 
Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain 

Only available to Tier 2 General, Sportsperson or Minister of Religion migrants who have spent continuous period of 5 years in the UK 



Tier 5 (GAE) 

Available to applicants who want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or undertake training  

Sole Representative 

Available to applicants who are the representative of an overseas company and plan to set up a UK branch/ subsidiary  


Also available for employees of a news agency on a  long-term assignment to the UK 

Response to Illegal Worker Notice 

Applicable to clients who have been notified by the Home Office  that they have employed or are currently employing a person who does not have the right to work in the UK 

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) 

Available to applicants who are a recognised leader in their field of expertise  

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