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Our UK immigration lawyers are experienced in dealing with matters under the Points Based System as well as the Start-up, Innovator and Global Talent visas. With a track record in achieving successful outcomes, our immigration solicitors are on hand to help.

The Immigration Team is headed up by Shahjahan Ali who is a Partner and has specialised in immigration law for 11 years. He has helped hundreds of businesses and individuals in connection with applications to enter and remain in the UK as well as British citizenship, preventing illegal working and immigration appeals.

Shahjahan has particular expertise advising investors and entrepreneurs. He is adept at achieving successful outcomes in complex matters which is due to his thorough engagement with clients.

Our immigration solicitors dedicate themselves to ensuring their knowledge stays up to date, in order to provide the best service possible. We always make sure that junior solicitors and members of staff are supported and supervised appropriately to ensure that the quality of advice is not affected, regardless of who is working on a case.

Services for businesses

We advise businesses from a variety of sectors to help them attract and retain the best talent from around the world.

 Our services include assisting businesses with:

  • Applying for a sponsorship licence
  • Visa applications for their employees
  • Sponsorship management
  • Advising on compliance (including carrying out audits)
  • Advising on right to work checks
  • Challenging licence suspensions, downgrades and revocations

Services for individuals

We also assist individuals with visa applications under:

  • Tier 1 (Investor)
  • Global Talent
  • Start-up
  • Innovator
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer)
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • Tier 4 (General)
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)
  • Spouse, civil partner and unmarried partner
  • UK Ancestry
  • Sole representative of an overseas business
  • British citizenship

Contact us

If you would like to discuss your case with us, please contact Shahjahan Ali at


Personnel / Supervision

All people advising on immigration matters will be supervised by a partner or other senior lawyer. The supervisor will discuss and agree the strategy for every matter with all lawyer(s) working on a matter. Each client will be advised in writing at the start of a matter of the name of the lawyer with day to day conduct of the matter and their supervisor, as well as their hourly charging rate.


Key stages of assisting with a visa application
Stage 1

We will either meet with the client or arrange a call to take detailed information about the client’s circumstances and provide initial advice on their case.

Stage 2

We will then provide a detailed note of advice setting out the requirements to be met, the likelihood of success, the costs involved, the timeline and the next steps for the client to take (this will involve provision of further information and documents by the client regarding their application).

Stage 3

We will then review the further information and documents provided by the client to check whether they meet the criteria of the Home Office and advise the client accordingly.

Stage 4

Once all the information and documents necessary for the application are obtained, we will submit the application to the Home Office together with our legal representations and see it through to a decision.

Service information

Our immigration team advises both businesses and individuals on a wide range of UK immigration matters. The work that we do often involves advice on complex matters and we have a track record of navigating such matters to a successful outcome. Where matters are complex, our fees can vary depending on the needs of each matter and each client. If we believe your case is complex, we will let you know at the outset and as additional information comes to light. Factors which can make a matter more complex include where the applicant:

  • does not meet a requirement of the Immigration Rules and we need to prepare bespoke legal arguments to ask the Home office to exercise discretion in the applicant’s favour;
  • has an adverse immigration history including where the applicant has previously been refused;
  • has breached immigration law;
  • has committed an offence(s); or
  • has an unusually large amount of documents for us to review.

For businesses, we provide bespoke immigration advice on immigration including sponsor licencing, preventing illegal working, visa applications by workers and immigration training.

For individuals, we provide dedicated support on a range of visa applications including Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), family based visas, European Free Movement rights, Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship.

Associated pricing

Estimates of fees:

For businesses, our fees are charged on an hourly rates basis and further details of our hourly rates can be found below.

For individuals, our fees are calculated based on our hourly rates as set out below. Immigration matters can vary from client to client, however, we have provided a range of fees for assisting for certain routine applications below.

Please note our fee estimates are exclusive of VAT and disbursements which are payable in addition to our fees where applicable. The estimates below relate to main applicants and our fees for each dependant application is £600 to £800.

In immigration matters, the likely disbursements are:

  • the visa application fee which is a fee payable to the Home Office and varies depending on the type of application, whether it is made from the UK or outside the UK and the nature of the case. VAT not applicable.
  • Immigration Health Surcharge of £400 per year each visa application is going to be granted for although there are certain exemptions. VAT not applicable.
  • Visa appointment fee which varies depending on the whether the application is made from within the UK or outside the UK and the particular visa appointment centre. VAT will vary depending on the country from which the application is made.
  • Optional priority service fees which vary depending on whether the application is made from within the UK or from outside the UK and the particular optional services purchased. VAT will vary depending on the type of service and the country from which the application is made.
  • Immigration Skills Charge which varies depending on the type of application and the size of the employer. For large employers the fee is £1000 per year the visa is going to be granted for or £364 per year for small or charitable sponsors. VAT not applicable.
  • For immigration appeals, there is a Tribunal fee of £80 for first stage appeals determined on the papers or £140 where a hearing is requested. For Judicial Review applications, there is Court fee of £154 to lodge an application in the Upper Tribunal. There may be further fees to pay in relation to appeals and Judicial Reviews depending on the nature of the case, the stage it is at and which court it is being heard in. VAT not applicable on Tribunal or court fees.

 Disbursements vary depending on individual circumstances and visa category. Further information can be found on the Home Office fees page: - this sets out the fees since 29 March 2019.

Entry clearance and leave to remain:

  Fee estimate VAT estimate
Tier 1 (Investor) £7,000 £1,400
Global Talent £10,000 £2,000
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) £5,500 £1,100
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) £7,500 £1,500
Tier 2 (General) and (ICT) £1,500 £300
Tier 2 (Sportsperson) £2,500 £500
Tier 4 (General) £1,500 £300
Tier 5 £1,500 £300
UK Ancestry £2,000 £400
Partner visa £2,700 £540
Other family member visa £2,700 £540
European Free Movement Rights £2,000 £400
Representative of an Overseas Business £3,500 £700
Leave outside the Rules £5,000 £1,000
Visitor visa £2,500 £500
Indefinite leave to remain £3,500 £700
Start up visa £3,500 £700
Innovator visa £3,500 £700

Immigration challenges:

  Fee estimate VAT estimate
Immigration appeal
(excluding representation at the hearing)
£2,800 £560
Judicial Review: Permission application stage £2,000 £400
Judicial Review: Substantive hearing stage £4,000 £800
Administrative Review £1,500 £300

British citizenship:

  Fee estimate VAT estimate
Naturalisation (per applicant) £2,500 £500
Registration £2,000 £400

Our hourly rates:

Grade  Hourly rate (GBP£) VAT (GBP£)
Partner £400 £80
Consultant  £400 £80
Legal Director  £400 £80
Senior Associate  £280 £56
Associate £230 £46
Solicitor  £200 £40
Legal Executive £120 £24
Trainee Solicitor  £120 £24
Paralegal £100 £20

Free immigration helpline

Immigration law is a complex and ever evolving topic which is why we understand the importance of being able to access support. An initial discussion can help to explore the issues and identify what steps may be required before committing to a particular course of action.

By completing the form below, you will be able to access a free 30 minute telephone/Skype discussion with a member of our Immigration Team. This is subject to the conditions set out below.


The helpline is currently limited to the following organisations and individuals:

  • Businesses
  • Educational institutions
  • Sports organisations
  • Public sector bodies
  • Religious organisations
  • Charitable organisations
  • Individuals applying under the Start-Up, Innovator, Global Talent, Tier 1 (Investor) or Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas

Areas of immigration law covered

The helpline currently only covers the areas of immigration law listed below:

  • Sponsorship under the Points Based System
  • Right to work
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 2 visas
  • Tier 5 visas
  • Start-up visas
  • Innovator visas
  • Global Talent visas

Using the helpline

To book an appointment, you will need to complete and submit the form below. Once the form is received, a member of our team will contact you to book an appointment subject to a conflict check.

During the appointment, one of our immigration solicitors will be able to explore the issues involved with you and identify what advice is required. The initial appointment will not include substantive advice.

What our clients say

'DAC Beachcroft LLP has a "very knowledgeable team that is able to convey complex issues and associated solutions in clear and understandable terms. The team tailors its advice to suit its clients’ needs and provides pragmatic and commercial advice".' Legal 500 UK 2018 Edition, Immigration, Manchester

'"They have a very approachable team," notes a client, who goes on to say: "They are all approachable, helpful and pragmatic in manner".' Chambers and Partners UK 2019 Edition, Employment, London

"They work very closely with us to get the solution that we need. They have a very pragmatic and commercial view and tailor their advice according to our needs." Chambers and Partners UK 2014 Edition, Employment, North West Commercial awareness

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Shahjahan Ali

Partner, Head of Immigration Bristol London - Walbrook

Shahjahan specialises in UK immigration law, advising businesses and…