Immigration

Our specialist immigration team has been advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law for over 20 years and is top ranked in Chambers and Legal 500.

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"Kingsley Napley leads the
immigration outfits in the UK"

Who’s Who Legal

Our specialist immigration team has been advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law for over 20 years and is top ranked in Chambers and Legal 500.

As a recognised leader and one of the largest teams of immigration lawyers in the UK, we have an established reputation for delivering exceptional client service combined with clear strategic immigration advice. Whether you are an entrepreneur starting a business in the UK, a global corporation  transferring staff here or a family moving to the UK, our full-service immigration team can assist you from the simplest to the most complex of matters.

We act for a wide variety of corporate clients including asset managers, global law firms, technology businesses, banks, private equity firms, consulting businesses, pharmaceutical manufacturers and architects. Our dedicated client teams assist with strategic planning, end-to-end sponsorship and visa support and provide comprehensive support with UK immigration compliance. Our service model is based on flexibility, enabling us to provide outstanding service to clients ranging from the smallest start-up to global businesses. We support HR teams in managing their UK and global immigration needs, providing business intelligence on global trends and through sharing our know-how with clients through our regular alerts, workshops, webinars and client-centred training.

For our private clients, we provide a dedicated service to support investors, entrepreneurs and families moving to the UK, advising on the best solution and providing a high level service to help our clients relocate, obtain permanent residence and British Citizenship. We are recognised experts in dealing with complex UK and EU immigration issues and have extensive experience of litigating judicial review cases and appeals. We work closely with our tax, private client, real estate, corporate, employment and family teams who can advise on all related issues of moving to and living in the UK.

We regularly engage with Home Office policy makers and actively lobby for our clients’ interests. In addition, our day-to-day contacts across the Home Office enable us to resolve issues, obtain pre-clearance in complex applications and ensure timely resolution of even the most complex cases.

WHAT IS SAID ABOUT US

Always prompt and factual"... Kingsley Napley LLP provides "an excellent level of service."

Legal 500 UK

Kingsley Napley leads the immigration outfits in the UK."

Who's Who Corporate Immigration

​...The practice has gone from strength to strength... the group is 'at the top of its game', whilst clients are keen to highlight that the department is 'extremely informative and good at reporting policy changes'..." 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Interviewees agree that Kingsley Napley is home to a superb team of immigration lawyers."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Absolutely superb” 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Top of the tree, with admirable depth and breadth” 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Genuinely ground-breaking work that requires this firm’s impressive brainpower.” 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Kingsley Napley LLP has ‘enormous experience and great depth of practice.'" 

Legal 500 UK

 

OUR FEES for private individuals

Most of our services are offered on an hourly rate basis and as many of our clients’ matters are complex and often involve multiple parties, there is rarely a typical case. Our clients are given an estimate of costs after our initial meeting or as part of the engagement process. There are some areas where we are able to be more indicative and, as in accordance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) guidance on price transparency, we have published our price and service information where it is possible to be upfront about charges without knowing all the details of the matter.

Price information for private individuals

This information is intended to inform private individuals about our fees for immigration and nationality matters. These fees do not apply to work undertaken for corporate clients.

We have set out the hourly rates for lawyers at different levels. Full details of the specific qualifications of each of our fee earners can be found on the immigration team page.

The key members of the team working with private individuals are:

The below rates and fee estimates are exclusive of VAT. Professional fees will be subject to VAT at 20% where this is applicable.

These rates are subject to annual review.

  • Partners - £400 - £500
  • Legal Counsel - £295
  • Senior Associates - £275 - £300
  • Associates - £250 - £300
  • Immigration Managers - £250 - £275
  • Legal Assistants - £175
  • Trainee Solicitors - £175
  • Paralegals - £150

As each matter will involve work by a partner, an associate or senior associate and a paralegal/legal assistant/trainee solicitor, the estimate of hours is based on an average hourly rate of £300 to reflect the involvement of lawyers at different levels.

Your matter will always be supervised by a partner. Work will be completed by lawyers of varying experience. The estimated fee quotes are premised on the work being completed by lawyers across a range of levels, with time estimates using an average hourly rate to reflect the involvement of different lawyers. The time spent by lawyers at different levels will vary depending on a number of factors including the complexity and nature of the matter. The quotes assume that each stage of the work is conducted by an appropriate level of lawyer, if client preference dictates work be completed at a higher level, this will of course impact fee estimates.

The estimates set out here have been provided to give a range of likely fees for standard applications. Once we have further information about your personal circumstances and the nature of the assistance you require, we may be able to agree a fixed fee.

Your fee estimate or fixed fee would be agreed prior to us formalising our engagement with you.

The Kingsley Napley immigration team has been advising individuals and businesses on UK immigration and nationality law for over 23 years. The below fee quotes relate to work undertaken for individuals and are intended to provide an overview of some of the most common application types.

For details as to whether Kingsley Napley will be able to assist with your specific immigration and nationality query and to receive a fee quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact us.

This fee quote assumes you meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules, EEA Regulations or British Nationality Act 1981 (as applicable) without requiring discretion to be exercised.

It also assumes there are no other factors which make the application more complex such as a criminal record or a history of non-compliance with UK immigration.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The complexity of the legal issues involved
  • The urgency of the matter
  • The level of documentation available and any issues in obtaining this
  • Where the application is being made and any particular additional services you wish to use
  • Whether the application is an initial one, an extension or an application for indefinite leave to remain
  • Whether there are any dependants and their personal circumstances
  • The nature and number of any required supporting statements
  • If we are required to liaise with third parties such as accountants or financial institutions
  • If Counsel is required to provide written advice and/or to represent you as part of an appeal process
  • The number of tribunal appearances required

What services are included?

The work will involve:

  • Taking full instructions from you in order to provide initial assessment, advice on the key requirements and how these apply to your circumstances
  • Providing a comprehensive list of necessary documents and information, and templates where appropriate
  • Reviewing and collating supporting documents
  • Liaising with third parties where required to obtain additional evidence
  • Preparing the relevant application forms, submitting these on your behalf and booking any necessary appointments
  • Drafting a comprehensive covering letter in support of your application
  • Advising on the application submission options and procedure, and on likely time frames
  • Advising you on the outcome of the application and explaining your new immigration or nationality status, including information about how to remain compliant with your visa conditions and the eligibility criteria for extensions and indefinite leave to remain

The costs quoted here do not include any disbursements related to your matter. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

The processing times for your application will vary depending on the application service you select and where the application is being made. We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application but we can give further information on the application options and likely time frames as part of the advice we will provide to you if instructed.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate. All applications are likely to vary and of course we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Applications to become British under the British Nationality Act 1981

On average, this work takes between 8-20 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2400 - £6000. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Applications on behalf of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards and registration certificates

On average, this work takes between 6.5-20 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £1950 - £6000. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Applications for work, study and business under the Points-Based system

On average, this work takes between 8-50 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,400 - £15,000. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Visit visas

On average, this work takes between 8-20 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,400 - £6000. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Leave to enter or remain under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules

On average, this work takes between 15-25 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £4000 - £8000. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Ancestry visas

On average, this work takes between 8-18 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,400 - £5,400. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence

On average, this work takes between 8-25 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2400 - £8000. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Appeals

On average, this work takes between 20-65 hours at our estimated average rate to complete. This means that on average costs are between £6000 - £19,500. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

 

For more information about our immigration services please contact Nicolas Rollason at nrollason@kingsleynapley.co.uk or a member of the team.

The 'brilliant' team at Kingsley Napley LLP is particularly experienced in acting for business immigration clients ...  It also handles multi-faceted immigration cases for private individuals."

Legal 500 2019 

Kingsley Napley LLP’s ‘skilled and efficient’ team is ‘personable’ and ‘effective’, and ‘delivers a consistently excellent level of service to clients’."

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Always prompt and factual" Kingsley Napley LLP provides "an excellent level of service."

Legal 500 UK

​Interviewees agree that Kingsley Napley is home to a superb team of immigration lawyers."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Services

Sponsoring and Hiring Foreign Nationals

Support when sponsoring or hiring foreign nationals, from obtaining a sponsor licence to setting up immigration policies.

Strategic Immigration Support for HR Teams

Immigration support services for HR teams, including on points based system sponsorship and compliance.

Kingsley Napley's Global Immigration Network

Global immigration services and support in over 70 countries, including obtaining work permits, passports and business visitor visas.

Expanding Your Business into the UK

Advising companies on opening offices in the UK and transferring and hiring new staff with a focus on the best strategic solutions.

Immigration advice for Entrepreneurs and UK Startups

Advice for entrepreneurs looking to invest in, set up a subsidiary, relocate a business, or start a business in the UK.

Tier 1 Investor Programme

We advise on the Tier 1 Investor programme which offers the possibility of permanent residence and British citizenship through a significant investment.

Obtaining British Citizenship and Staying Permanently

Whether you are looking to naturalise, or register as a British citizen, we can provide you with detailed advice and guidance.

European Nationals and Their Families

Experts in EU free movement law, we have extensive experience helping European nationals on obtaining permanent residence.

Bringing Your Family to the UK

Advising families moving to the UK and those bringing children or other dependant relatives, as well as on international adoption and surrogacy.

Challenging Home Office Decisions

We will work with you to challenge Home Office decisions, exploring all of your options before helping you choose the one which is best for you.

Human Rights and Asylum

Advice on applications or appeals on the basis that human rights have been or are at risk of being infringed, and on asylum claims.

Visiting the UK

Whether visiting the UK for business, to see family or for private medical treatment, we help individuals make successful visa applications.

Global mobility and employment law

International relocation is a challenge for multinationals and domestic employers. We advise on employment and immigration law.

Immigration Insights

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News

KN Global Immigration Update - June 2019

Immigration Update: e-gates open to US citizens and others from 20 May 2019

KN Global Immigration Update - May 2019

KN Global Immigration Update - April 2019

KN Global Immigration Update - January 2019

No-deal Brexit: transitional arrangements for EEA nationals arriving after 29 March 2019

Brexit: EU Settlement Scheme now open

“Who rescues migrants in the Channel?” - Marcia Longdon quoted in BBC News

KN Global Immigration Update - December 2018

Immigration News Round Up 2018

Nick Rollason is quoted in the FT about the Home Office crackdown on investor visas

KN Global Immigration Update - November 2018

Immigration update: Brexit – what is the position for EU nationals in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

Immigration update: New Home Office application process starting next week

KN Global Immigration Update - October 2018

Immigration update: Immigration health surcharge increase and other changes announced by the Home Office

KN Global Immigration Update - September 2018

Immigration update: Summary of recommendations for work migration post-Brexit

KN Global Immigration Update - August 2018

Lawyers signal Tier 2 visa salary requirement may be easing

KN Global immigration update - July 2018

Immigration update: Brexit - EU Settlement Scheme toolkit for employers

Kingsley Napley hosts launch party for new JUSTICE report on immigration and asylum appeals

KN Global immigration update - June 2018

Immigration update: Brexit – further details of the EU Settlement Scheme announced

Immigration alert: Some good news for employers of Tier 2 migrants - easing of pressure on the Tier 2 cap

New start up visa for tech businesses and other budding entrepreneurs

Brexit: Further clarification on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK

Immigration update: New service for applicants applying for work or study visas in the UK

Immigration update: Changes to advertising site for Tier 2 visa applications

Immigration alert: Immigration Health Surcharge to double

Immigration alert: Last chance to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Tier 1 General category but beware new continuous residence rules

Immigration News Round Up 2017

Immigration update - Expansion of university pilot scheme to help Masters students secure post study work in the UK

Immigration update: Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules

Phase 1 citizens' rights alert

Immigration update - Autumn 2017 Budget - further immigration changes for skilled migrants

Immigration update - Expansion of the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) immigration visa category

FT Brexit Unspun Podcast - Katie Newbury gives her views

Migration Advisory Consultation survey - Kingsley Napley's call for evidence

Immigration team contributes to new International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Immigration 2017

UK tries to put EU nationals off applying for residency

Trust is hard to earn, easy to lose among EU citizens in the UK

How employers can support EU employees in the run-up to Brexit

Immigration update - new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules

Immigration update: Immigration skills charge to be introduced on 6 April 2017

What should EU nationals do to safeguard rights to stay in the UK?

Advice for European bankers working in the City of London in the event of Brexit

Kingsley Napley receives honours in eprivateclient’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’ lists

How the UK outsourced immigration

PRESS RELEASE: Kingsley Napley calls for loosening of Tier 1 investor visa requirements if the UK is to stay competitive in the global market for high value migrants

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Blogs

Brexit – take back control over your immigration status

Designs for a better future – is immigration the key to preserving the UK’s post-Brexit architecture sector?

Shutdowns and Brexit Omnishambles – how fear of immigration has brought us to a standstill

Deal or no deal: what Brexit could mean for my German mother

Pigs in blankets shortage - how Brexit is threatening to ruin Christmas lunch

Scrap the Cap: Why it’s time for the Tier 2 immigration cap to go

Parenting under immigration and family law - Sole responsibility is outdated and at odds with the Children Act

Right to Work update for HR and global mobility professionals

Blackberries, Baking and Brexit

New Immigration Rules - implications for the NHS

The hostile environment, detaining children and the dangers of dehumanisation

How should employers handle immigration status?

KN Global immigration update - May 2018

Brexit: Immigration issues for EU nationals in the UK to consider

KN Global immigration update - April 2018

Will Windrush help reset attitudes to immigration?

UK Immigration Authorities complete a ‘180’ on absences from the UK

KN Global immigration update - March 2018

KN Global immigration update - February 2018

Brexit: what employers and their employees need to know

KN Global immigration update - January 2018

Nationality, bias and the UK immigration system

All I want for Christmas is... a good Brexit future for the UK

KN Global immigration update - December 2017

The pitfalls of employee immigration status

KN Global immigration update - November 2017

#Brexit: Latest proposals for EU citizens living in the UK

KN Global immigration update - October 2017

Free movement is our right. Don’t give it up.

Banks required to carry out 70 million immigration checks every quarter

KN Global immigration update - September 2017

Brexit and relocating with children overseas – mind the immigration and family law gaps

KN Global immigration update - August 2017

Will changes to the immigration rules still present a challenge for spouses to live together?

The offer: questions remain as to what Theresa May’s proposals mean for EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit

Lessons we still haven’t learnt – a year on

Life in Limbo: The realities of being a Refugee in the UK

Less than our fair share: resettling Europe’s refugee children

Refugee Week: ‘Sur place claims for the politically active refugee’

It’s time we addressed the unequal and unsustainable global distribution of refugees

Easy to claim, harder to prove – The challenges of refugee status based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Refugee Week: The real refugee crisis and what we can do about it

Refugee Week: Status for the stateless - a brief history of the refugee

In Sickness and in Health: Appendix FM five years on

Home Office tightens the Sponsor Licence compliance screws on IT service providers

Court rules in favour of non-EU parents having a right to live in Europe

Why though?! My thoughts on retaining the net migration target

Brexit – Trust is hard earned and easily lost for EU citizens in the UK

Immigration Update: Government announces immigration fees increase with effect from 6 April 2017

Brexit and European mobility from the Italian angle

Will EU nationals have a human right to continue to reside in the UK after Brexit?

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