Accredited immigration advisers

What is an immigration adviser?

The immigration adviser is someone who:

  • gives advice to you as an individual about your asylum application, or asylum support application or your immigration case, or
  • who represents you in court or at a tribunal, or
  • who writes letters for you to the Government.

Someone is not counted as an immigration adviser if they only:

  • tell you about where you can find more help, or
  • give you very general information.

 

What does accredited mean?

‘Accredited’ means the adviser

  1. Has the right level of skills, knowledge and qualifications to do their job
  2. Is regulated by one of the official regulation organisations

‘Regulated’ means the adviser and their work are checked and controlled by an independent organisation set up to do this.

Qualification levels

There are 3 levels of qualification. Check which qualification level an adviser has before you decide to work with them.

  1. Level 1 advisers can only give basic advice about straightforward problems that follow immigration rules. There are many immigration and asylum problems a Level 1 adviser is not allowed to work on
  2. Level 2 advisers can do everything a Level 1 adviser can, and they can do casework on complex problems that are outside immigration rules. But there are still things a Level 2 adviser is not allowed to work on.
  3. Level 3 advisers can do everything a Level 1 or 2 adviser can, and they can do specialist work like advocacy, appeals and representing you in court.

 OISC – guidance on competence

Immigration Advice Regulation

There are 3 different regulation organisations

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority – SRA, or
  • Law Society – LS, or
  • Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner – OISC

Regulated advisers must show this by putting 1 of these images in their office, in their windows and on their papers. This is so you know which advisers are regulated and which are not.

Logo of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

Logo of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

 

The Law Society logo

The Law Society logo

 

Solicitors Regulation Authority logo

Solicitors Regulation Authority logo

 

OISC – find an OISC regulated immigration adviser

Law Society – find a solicitor regulated by the SRA

SRA – codes of practice

 

Immigration advisers to avoid

Some advisers are prohibited or suspended. ‘Prohibited’ means the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner has said they are not allowed to work on immigration and asylum problems any more.

OISC – prohibited and suspended advisers

SRA – how to recognise a bogus solicitor

 

I got bad advice from my adviser

Watch a video from the SRA about what to do if you are unhappy with your solicitor

SRA – complaining about a solicitor

Citizens Advice – complaints about legal advisers

Legal Ombudsman – template formal complaint letter

 

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