We provide immigration services for individuals and businesses all over the world. Whether you are a student looking for a job upon graduation, an entrepreneur visa, or even a short stay visa, rest assured, you are in the right place.
We deal with many types of immigration law matters each year by helping our clients fulfil their requirements for travelling to the UK. Our immigration solicitors in Bolton are dedicated to providing legal assistance tailored to meet your needs. They offer advice in completing each requirement to make sure you are fully compliant with the UK’s immigration law.
British citizenship can be required through three different means; naturalisation, registration, or acquisition.
- Applying for British citizenship through naturalisation is made possible if you have reached the age of 18, and have been granted permission to reside in the United Kingdom as your permanent residence;
- Applying for British citizenship through registration involves the process of registering as a British citizenship through entitlement or discretionary basis;
- Applying for British citizenship through acquisition.
After carefully assessing your situation, we can advise you on the best route to take.
There are a number of paths you can follow to obtain an investor’s visa, and this includes the following:
- Investing two million pounds or more in the UK.
- You are from the outside of the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
- You meet other eligibility requirements.
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel to the UK. An investor’s visa costs £1,623 to apply online or by post. The fee is the same if you are switching visas or extending its eligibility period. If you want to extend it, you can apply for another 2 years. The standard investor’s visa allows you to stay in the UK for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months.
The other rules can be complicated, so why not speak to our Immigration team to help you gain a better understanding?
This category is suitable for entrepreneurs who are willing to invest in the United Kingdom. The visa applies to the main applicant and all immediate family members including their spouse and children under 18 years old. The entrepreneur visa is granted for 3 years and 4 months and can then be extended for another 2 years.
Main applicants are eligible to apply for British citizenship after 6 years of residence in the UK. Those who create 10 jobs or achieve an annual turnover of £5 million a year are qualified to apply after spending 5 years in the country.
For a successful entrepreneur visa application, the applicant is required to:
- Be fluent in English
- Have enough money for their living costs in the UK
- Score points based on the funds that are available for them to invest
The funds differ based on various eligibility requirements, so call us for you to be oriented.
Short Stay Visas
There are six types of short-stay visas:
- Leisure and Tourism
- Private medical treatment
- Child visit
- Marriage visitor
- Permitted paid engagement
Each category has its own rules and procedures. However, you can apply for a standard visitor visa if you want to visit the UK for business, leisure or private medical treatment. Under one of these three reasons, you can stay in the UK for a maximum of 6 months. You are permitted to stay longer if you are coming to the UK for a medical treatment that will last up to 11 months. Or, if you are a university professor on sabbatical who is travelling to the UK to fulfil research purposes.
At Seth Law Solicitors, our immigration law solicitors in Bolton aim to advise you on the easiest route to obtaining your short-stay visa.
According to the Immigration Rules, there are three different types of student visas; general students, child students, and child student’s parent(s). Student visas fall under the Tier 4 category and are aimed at non-European Economic Area applicants.
- For general students, you are required to be over the age of 16. There are other conditions including having in place an unconditional offer by a designated institution;
- Child visas are aimed towards individuals aged between 4 – 17 years.
There are a number of family visa categories currently available, and these include:
- Unmarried Partner Visa: Suitable for long-term partners of British citizens ultimately seeking to remain indefinitely in the United Kingdom;
- Proposed Civil partner: Suitable for engaged partners, intending to enter into a civil partnership or marriage within six months upon arrival in the United Kingdom;
- Adult Dependant: For adults that are dependent on relatives who are British citizens and reside in the United Kingdom;
- Children: Suitable for children under the age of 18 who are looking to settle with their parent(s) or a relative that may act as a guardian in the United Kingdom;
- Civil Partner’s Spouse: For spouses of British citizens. The goal is for them to join their husbands, wives, or civil partners in the United Kingdom.
We can provide advice and representations if you are unable to return to your country of origin because you fear persecution or your life is in danger due to your beliefs or actions. Our Human Rights Team can assist you in making an asylum claim, as well as represent you in Immigration and Asylum Tribunals.
If you wish to discuss and immigration law matter with our Immigration Law Team, get in touch today.
Costs and Service Information
Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:
- Fees charged by Seth Law Solicitors; and
- Fees payable to third parties.
Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.
* Value Added Tax (‘VAT’) – please note that VAT will only be payable if the person making the application or appeal has leave to remain in the UK. Otherwise, you will just pay the price quoted in the ‘Legal fee’ column to cover the firm’s fees.
Fees charged by Seth Law Solicitors
|Application type||Legal fee||VAT
(charged at 20%)
|Total||Basis of charging|
|Application for naturalisation (to become a British citizen)||£850.00||£170.00 *||£1,020.00||Fixed fee|
|Application for naturalisation (to become a British citizen) + application for British passports||£1,000.00||£200.00 *||£1,200.00||Fixed fee|
|Application on behalf of EEA nationals for permanent residence, residence card or registration certificate||£3,500.00||£700.00 *||£4,200.00||Fixed fee|
|Application under the Immigration Rules for student or work experience visa||£3,000.00 - £3,500.00||£600.00 - £700.00 *||£3,600.00 - £4,200.00||Fixed fee will be agreed within the range provided.|
|Application under the Immigration Rules for visit visa||£1,000.00||£200.00 *||£1,200.00||Fixed fee|
|Application under the Immigration Rules for spouses and partners – outside of country application||£1,000.00||£200.00 *||£1,200.00||Fixed fee|
|Application under the Immigration Rules for spouses and partners – inside of country application||£3,500.00||£700.00 *||£4,200.00||Fixed fee|
|Application under the Immigration Rules for dependent relative or family reunion||£1,000.00 - £1,500.00||£200.00 - £300.00 *||£1,200.00 - £1,800.00||Fixed fee|
Fees payable to third parties (‘Disbursements’)
|Description of Disbursement||Fee||VAT
(charged at 20%)
|Total||Basis of fee quoted|
|Disbursements for applications:|
|Application fee payable to the Home Office||The application fee payable to the Home Office which will vary depending on the type of application being submitted. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/2020 for further details about these fees and to determine the fee that may be applicable to your application.
If you have any trouble locating an applicable fee, please contact us and we will help you to find it.
We will of course also confirm any application fee payable once we have details of your matter.
|Document translation if needed||£100.00 - £500.00||£20.00 - £100.00||£120.00 - £600.00||Range
Fees vary considerably depending on the language to be interpreted and the number of documents that you need translating.
|DNA testing||£100.00 - £500.00||£20.00 - £100.00||£120.00 - £600.00||Range
Fee will vary depending on the number of tests needed.
Work included and key stages
The precise work and stages involved in an immigration application will vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical application:
- Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other applications may be available to you.
- Giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
- If you do not meet the criteria, whether this can be overcome and how.
- Considering the supporting evidence you have provided.
- Where necessary, helping you to obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses.
- Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf.
- If the Home Office asks you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice and discuss the possibility of us attending with you.
- Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
Our service (for the fees provided) will not include any of the following:
- Where the Home Office refuses your application, advice, and assistance in relation to any appeal.
- Obtaining a medical report (if required).
The above services can be provided at an additional cost.
Approximate/ average timescales
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. In our experience it usually takes them up to 6 months. However, the global COVID-19 pandemic has increased the usual timescale.
We will normally be able to submit an application within 1 week of you providing all of the documentation that we have requested to support your application.
Factors that could increase costs
In some circumstances, there may be increased fees to pay to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:
- The length of time that an interpreter needs to spend on your case if it is complex.
- If independent expert reports are needed to support your case e.g. medical reports.
- If there is an interview with the Home Office and we attend with you, there will be additional charges to cover our travel expenses.
Qualifications and experience of our team
Our immigration team includes:
|Samira Seth||Director | Solicitor||Samira has 18 years + experience in immigration law.
She is dual qualified as a Solicitor and a Barrister and is the owner of Seth Law Solicitors.
Samira speaks the following languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu.
|Robert Milner||Litigation Executive||Robert provides assistance to Samira on immigration matters.|
|Syed Sartaj||Litigation Executive||Syed provides assistance to Samira on immigration matters.|
Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Samira Seth, who is a Solicitor and the Director of the firm.