immigration solicitors

UK immigration is a challenging area of law and is a stressful and complicated process to navigate.

Our immigration solicitors

Whether you want to immigrate to the UK to work, study or live or are a business looking to sponsor employees or support foreign workers with applications, our experienced immigration specialist can advise you on the appropriate action to suit your personal or business needs.

We maintain a high level of knowledge, skills and experience to ensure you receive an excellent service. With our support we can help take away the worry and strain out of the complexities of the immigration process.

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What we can do for you

We understand that immigration law is time critical and it can have a significant impact on you, your family or your business.

At Wilkin Chapman, we aim to provide a fast and efficient service with straightforward advice to enable you to fully understand the process.

We can call upon experts from other areas of law to assist with your matter, if we need to, to ensure you receive the best possible result.

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Our fees

We will clearly explain your funding options from the outset so it is accessible and affordable for you. Fixed fees can be agreed depending on the circumstances of your application.

  1. Fees

    These applications very much depend on your personal circumstances and the documents you have to confirm you meet the requirements.

    Type of application

    Fee estimate

    Application for leave to Enter
    Application for leave to Remain

    On average, this type of work takes between five and 15 hours to complete at an hourly rate of £300. This means that on average costs are between £1,500 and £4,500. All figures include VAT unless specifically stated.

    Applications for Naturalisation or Registration as a British Citizen

    EEA Applications for Registration Certificates/Documents Certifying Permanent Residence/Residence Card/Permanent Residence Card/EEA Family Permit

    On average, this type of work takes between five and 10 hours to complete at an hourly rate of £300. This means that on average costs are between £1,500 and £3,000. All figures include VAT unless specifically stated.

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

    • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider

    • The amount of supporting evidence we need to request from third parties

    • Which language(s) you speak

    • Whether you are applying alone or with other dependants

    If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable immigration rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.

    Should you wish to make another type of application, please contact us to discuss our fees.

    VAT is currently charged at 20%

  2. Disbursements

    Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We can handle the payment of the disbursements of your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

    Interpreters fees, if required

    An interpreter may be required should you not have a family member or friend available to assist with translation. We will advise you of the likely fees where this is applicable.

    Independent expert reports (medical reports)

    These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.

    Mileage/travel expenses if we are to attend an interview with you

    45p per mile inc VAT and parking expenses to attend an interview with you or to attend the immigration tribunal if required. Travel time charged at 50% of hourly rate.

    VAT is currently charged at 20%

There for you, for life

We provide privately funded immigration advice and specialise in helping you on your initial journey into the UK and remaining here thereafter.

We will advise you on the appropriate visa application that you need to suit your circumstances.

Has your visa been refused?

If your visa has been refused, we can help with your appeal at the immigration tribunal. If you are already in the UK but are facing visa issues and deportation, we can provide you with the support you need to guide you through this stressful situation.

  1. Business development & talent


    Are you looking to invest £2million + into UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in an active UK registered company?

    Global talent

    Have you been endorsed in your field in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or in the arts academia or research, arts and culture or digital technology as a recognised or emerging leader?


    Do you have a business or business idea which has been endorsed by an approved body in the UK?


    Do you have an innovative business idea that is different from anything else on the market in the UK?

    Entrepreneur extension

    Are you looking to extend your current entrepreneur visa?

  2. Skilled worker route

    Skilled worker

    Do you have a job offer from a Home Office approved sponsor?

    Health and care worker

    Are you a medical professional with a job offer from the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care?

    Intra-company transfer

    Has your overseas employer offered you a role in a UK branch of the organisation as a graduate trainee or a long term transfer?

    Minister of Religion

    Have you been offered a job within the faith community by a Home Office approved licenced sponsor?


    Are you an elite sportsperson or qualified coach recognised by your sport’s governing body as being the highest level of your profession internationally, with an offer of employment in the UK?

  3. Education


    Are you 16 years or over and looking to study in the UK and have been offered a place on a course with a Home Office approved sponsor?

    Child student

    Is your child aged between four and 17 years old and looking to study at an independent school in the UK?

    Parent of child student

    Has your child applied for or been granted a child student visa and would you like to accompany them to the UK?

  4. Temporary workers

    Temporary worker

    Have you been offered temporary employment in the UK by a Home Office approved licenced sponsor in the fields of charitable work, creative and sporting sector, government authorised exchange, international agreement, seasonal work or as a religious worker?

    Youth mobility scheme

    Are you aged 18 – 30 and excited by the opportunity to live and work in the UK for up to two years? If you are a national of Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan you may be eligible to experience life in the UK.

  5. Further assistance to individuals
    • Spouse and partner visa applications

    • Fiancé visa applications

    • UK ancestry visa applications

    • Tourist and short stay visa (six months or less) applications

    • Dependant visa applications

    • Applications for extension of leave to remain

    • Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications

    • Applications to replace lost or stolen Biometric Residence Permits

    • British citizenship applications

    • EU Settlement Scheme applications

    • British nationality enquiries

    • Human rights applications and appeals

    • Deportation appeals and representation

There for you, for business

The cornerstone of any successful business is its people. Whether you are looking for skilled individuals or to secure the position of existing employees, in today’s uncertain times, businesses need to ensure they protect their business assets, their people.

Immigration compliance can be arduous meaning employing foreign workers has become an area of risk for businesses.

Whether you are looking to secure the future of your existing workforce or looking for temporary or permanent visas for skilled employees, our immigration specialist will advise you on the appropriate visa application to suit your business needs.

We provide assistance on matters including:

  • Requirements to be met prior to offering employment to a skilled migrant worker

  • Preparation and submission of all points based system visa applications

  • Advice when recruiting migrant workers

  • Preventing illegal working – There can be criminal and civil consequences for employing illegal workers. We will guide you through the required documentation to obtain from all of your employees to ensure you are not employing illegal workers

  • UK sponsor licence applications – We will ensure that your application for a UK sponsor licence meets the Home Office criteria to enable you to employ skilled migrant workers

  • UK sponsor licence maintenance – We will ensure that you maintain your A-rated UK sponsor licence and are complying with all of your responsibilities to the Home Office

  • Assistance with the upkeep of the Sponsor Management System (SMS) – We will ensure that you are maintaining your records to the high standard required by the Home Office

  • Preparation and guidance for Home Office compliance visits

With our HR specialists, we can also work with you to ensure your HR systems are compliant and meet the needs of a multi-national workforce.

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Submit an enquiry and one of our team of experts will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

Or call the immigration team on 01522 515987

Partner & Head of Employment Oliver Tasker 01522 515987 Lincoln
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