Our team

Kulanayaki Ratnapalan – Partner

Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales for more than 20 years, Mrs Ratna has been spearheading this firm since its inauguration.

Mrs Ratnapalan is in her 30th year of practice (practice certificate holder for 30 years) and we can proudly say she has extensive and vast experience in dealing with all areas of Immigration law. She was also twice accredited by law society (after passing the accreditation exams with more than 50% pass marks) as an accredited supervisor in Immigration law. She was also practicing Immigration law under the legal aid scheme for about 23 years and therefore has the practice of applying the quality mark expected by the Legal Aid board in all her cases.

Mrs Ratna is the supervisor with considerable experience in all aspects of Immigration, is an invaluable asset to the firm.

Mrs Ratna is also fluent in Tamil.

Sabiha Jawad – Practice Manager /Legal Executive

A member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Sabiha has considerable experience in handling all aspects of Immigration.

Sabiha is also fluent in Urdu, Hindi & Punjabi

Anusha Rajasundaram – Paralegal

Anusha is a Paralegal with Ratna & Co has and is experienced in handling all aspects of Immigration and property transactions.

Anusha is also fluent in Tamil.

Immigration: Hourly rate

Application for leave to remain

Hourly rate: £150 plus vat

On average, this type of work takes between 6-10 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £900 and £1200. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated. The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

•The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider

•Which language(s) you speak

•Whether you are applying with other dependents

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.

What services are included

The work will involve:

•discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options 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 fulfill certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes 2 hours;

•considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 2 hours;

•where necessary, helping you 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, which we anticipate will take 2 hours;

•Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 6 and 8 hours of work;

•giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take;

*the amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):

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

•Interpreters fees (we do not use interpreters as we speak the language required by most of our clients;

•Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary;

•If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.

The costs quoted here do not include;

•Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process;

•Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal;

How long will my application take

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 2 weeks of you instructing us (since the time of receiving all the documents we need which we would have informed you soon after receiving your instructions by sending you a list of documents), but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this. We will however let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than 2 weeks to submit your application.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Immigration fees

Home Office Immigration and Nationality fees: 31st January 2024

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