Our specialist team of immigration solicitors can advise you on the specific requirements and assist with Naturalisation applications.
How We Can Help You
In order to be naturalised as a British citizen, you will need to meet certain statutory criteria with regard to your immigration status, length of residence in the United Kingdom, future intentions, knowledge of the English language and life in the United Kingdom, and good character.
All our Immigration services are carried out on a private fee basis. The fees vary depending on the type of instruction, and in the majority of cases, a fixed fee is agreed. There may be occasions when disbursements are also payable, particularly in appeals, bails and Judicial Review matters in addition to the fees agreed and typically, these will include Counsels fees, Court fees and Home Office fees, expert fees and translation fees. A court fee of £140.00 is payable to the First-Tier Tribunal when lodging an appeal. Counsel fees for a single appeal hearing will likely be in the region of £800.00 – £1200.00 plus VAT at 20% depending on the complexity of the case. We will inform you if it is likely that a disbursement will apply to your case and will seek your agreement before incurring any disbursement. .
A list of our fixed fees is given on our Immigration Services page.
VAT at the current rate of 20% is payable for our Immigration services, except for applications where the applicant is a non-UK resident, or does not hold or ever held any UK status previously. For example, there will be no Vat on a spouse visa application as the applicant is not a UK resident. However, if an applicant was granted leave to remain in the UK, but subsequently became an overstayer, VAT would be payable on any further applications.
All Immigration services are carried out by a senior solicitor and include an initial consultation, advice on best options based on individual circumstances, completion of application, submission of documents and communication with the Home Office including advising clients of outcome. It takes on average 4 weeks to submit an application from initial instruction, and the timescale depends on the complexity of the matter. With regard to outcomes of applications, it is difficult to give an exact timescale, but on average decisions from the Home Office take approximately 6- 9 months to receive. However, during COVID times, this timescale is likely to be longer.
Our fees do not include any Home Office application fees, NHS surcharge payments, Biometric booking fees as these are paid by the applicant directly to the Home Office. Our fees do not include VAT, or Disbursements. Further, if the Home Office refuses your application, a separate fee is applicable for advice and assistance in relation to any appeals.
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Saloud joined Powell Spencer & Partners in August 2012 after graduating from Brunel University obtaining a first class degree in Economics. Saloud became a Partner in 2018.
Saloud is a qualified Costs Lawyer and leads the firm’s internal costs drafting and costs litigation department, ranging from legal aid to private client.
In recent years Saloud has established a very successful client base and receives instructions ranging from Top 100 firms to Sole Practitioners. Saloud specialises in legal aid costs and provides a wealth of experience with preparing claim forms, drafting bill of costs, complex high cost case plans, points of dispute and replies and advising on general billing procedures.
Saloud is a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).
Saloud was appointed to the Legal Aid Agency's Review Panel as an Independent Costs Assessor in August 2021.
Saloud is our cost draftsman and he has made a massive difference to the efficiency of this practice and my day to day working life! He has extensive knowledge of criminal legal aid billing and has been able to guide and advise all our staff in this area. He is easy to approach and friendly as well as incredibly efficient and hardworking. He provides an excellent level of service to our firm. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
— Shila Kesvari, Partner Of Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson
Saloud Zaman receives my instructions in respect of preparing my criminal and prison law bills which are submitted to the Legal Aid Agency for assessment and payment. I would describe Saloud as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the rules and guidance in respect of billing files correctly in accordance with the provisions as set out under the Legal Aid contract. Saloud's approach has always been professional yet approachable as he always provides solid and clear advice as and when required. Saloud is also exceptionally hardworking and very diligent. He provides a professional service throughout and comes highly recommended.
— Semin Taner, Associate Of Russell-Cooke Solicitors
I have instructed you to provide cost drafting services for my firm for over 18 months. Almost all the files I have sent you have been legally aided care cases. I have allowed you access to my firm's CCMS account to enable you to prepare and submit bills. I have been satisfied with the work you have done and continue to instruct you. I am a partner in my firm and have been a solicitor for over thirty years.
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