Cost of applying for a visa as an innovator

The hourly rate will be £260 unless by agreement is it £290 if, for example, work will be done at weekends or in the evenings or if an application is particularly complex or urgent.

On average it takes between 8 to 10 hours to help with a visa application. The exact number of hours will depend on the circumstances including the number of documents to read over, whether there are have been previous refusals of applications and the personal circumstances of the applicant.

The fee is likely to be between £2080 and £2600.

VAT will not be charged if an applicant does not live in the UK or Europe.

WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED WHEN ASSISTING WITH AN APPLICATION FOR A VISA AS AN INNOVATOR?

Initial communication about your situation, your business plan and what we think will be the likely outcome of an application. This may be by telephone, skype or email though ideally we would like to meet you in person if you can visit the UK.

Follow-up advice in writing on the criteria to meet and the  information and documents you will need to apply for a visa and including advice on the application procedure.

Checking your draft application and supporting documents and giving you feedback.

Preparation of a letter to submit with your other documents.

Advice on the outcome of the application, on the conditions of your visa and on future issues to be aware of.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

Preparation of your business plan. Legal advice on setting up a company.  Tax advice. Actual submission of the application which must be done from outside the UK.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will need to pay the visa application fee of £1021 and which you will pay yourself.

You will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge of £400 per year in advance (so £1200).

You may be able to pay for additional services such as the cost of having your application dealt with more quickly than usual.

You may also need to pay for the costs of taking an English language test or a TB test.

You will be advised in advance of any disbursements (payments which we make on your behalf) that are likely to be needed. These could include the costs of getting documents translated.

HOW LONG WILL WE TAKE TO HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION?

We can normally complete the above-listed services within a month of being asked to help but it of course depends on how quickly you give us documents to check, how quickly you respond to feedback etc.

An application will usually take around a month to be decided.