Thank you for your earlier message. We have gone to speak to two immigration solicitors, who have given us different advice. If you could please kindly offer a third opinion.
The first solicitor believes that we would easily win the appeal. While I was in hospital due to my fall, I was diagnosed with advanced liver disease. Long story short, I was quite ill and my GP and the hospital can back this up when appealing.
The second solicitor suggests that we file an appeal in order to buy us time, withdraw the appeal close to the hearing date, marry, and my wife go back to the States to apply for a spouse visa.
We would MUCH rather appeal and her not have to go back to the States. But if the chances are slim that we win the appeal, than maybe the second route is the one to take.
Our two main questions at this time are:
- Is the first solicitor too overconfident that we would win the appeal?
- If we took the advice of the second solicitor, could we file the appeal application on our own without paying a solicitor - knowing that we would withdraw the appeal anyway? We would then have a solicitor assist with the spouse visa.
Also, the first solicitor has quoted us £1,200 total for appealing, and said that they would not need to hire a Barrister, and their representation is included in the fee. The second solicitor said there is a £2,500 application fee for appealing, plus they would need to instruct a Barrister at a cost of £10,000 - £12,000 + VAT. That is a big difference in cost! Would you be able to help us understand why?
Thank you for your help.