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.

Manjula Sooriyakumar - Partner

After qualifying in Sri Lanka as a Foreign Lawyer, Manjula has vast experience in all aspects of Asylum and Sponsorship Applications.

Manjula has more than 10 years’ experience of preparing for Immigration appeals. She also handles immigration work from the inception of seeing a client and until the time of sending the applications to the Home office. Sabiha Jawad primarily does applications to the Home office and the settlement and visitor’s Entry clearance applications. She also has extensive experience in dealing with immigration cases.

Manjula is also fluent in Tamil & Sinhalese. - Associate Solicitor

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.

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.

Previous Cases

Immigration Case 1

The applicant M is a West Indies national who made an application for indefinite leave to remain after two years of probationary period, as a dependent of her partner who is a settled citizen. The applicant was living in the North of England and the partner was living in London, due to his work commitments. The partner’s pay slips and bank statements were received at his London address. The applicant did not have many documents to confirm her cohabitation with her partner during the last two years. We nonetheless were able to persuade the Secretary of State to consider the application explaining the reasons for the couple to be separated during weekdays. The applicant was granted indefinite leave to remain.

Immigration Case 2

K is a Mauritian national who was overstaying in the country after her leave as a student expired many years ago. She was in the meantime cohabiting with a Sri Lankan National with whom she has three children, all of whom are minor children. K wasn't married to her partner. The partner was self-employed but was still receiving state benefits such as tax credits. We made an application to regularise K’s status on the basis of her relationship with her partner and the children and she was granted Discretionary leave to three years.

Immigration Case 3

Y is a Sri Lankan national, being granted indefinite leave to enter, as a “legacy case” after many years of living in this country as a “failed asylum seeker”, Y has a son who is a British national and employed in the UK. Y suffers from various medical conditions resulting in him being declared “disabled”, hence receives various public funds. Y sponsored his wife and daughter to join him in the UK and to settle with him permanently. Y, the sponsor did not meet the maintenance and accommodation requirements. We were able to persuade the Immigration Judge to also take into consideration Y’s son’s income details and to allow the appeal on “compassionate circumstances”.

Immigration Case 4

A is a Nigerian national, been living in this country for almost eight years with his wife who is also a Nigerian national and his three children. The eldest child of A, who was born in the UK is eight years plus. We made application for Discretionary leave, with a view of regularising A’s family‘s Immigration status. Although the old “seven year policy” was abolished in 2008, we were able to make representations and seek Discretionary leave on behalf of A and his family, which was granted. This case clearly confirms that the Secretary of State is still considering leave for those families who have minor children living in the UK for more than eight years.

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