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The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is the United Kingdom regulator of the immigration advice industry whose powers stem from the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004.


OISC immigration advisers

Although the guidance notes and numerous online resources are available to help out people applying for immigration to United Kingdom, one can also seek legal advice for this matter. In contrast to most areas of law in the United Kingdom, the giving of legal advice in most areas of immigration is regulated. Unless an advisor is a member of one of the legal professions (for example a solicitor, a barrister or a legal executive, they must be registered with the OISC.

The guidelines to the immigration programmes states that immigration advisers should fulfill the requirements of good practice. OISC maintains and publishes the register of advisers. Legal advisers for these applications are required to provide their full details along with the OISC number with each application. A complete list of OISC immigration advisers can be found on their website. [1]

The OISC is responsible for:

  • regulating immigration advisers in accordance with the Commissioner's Code of Standards and Rules;
  • processing applications for registration or exemption from immigration advisers;
  • maintaining and publishing the register of advisers;
  • promoting good practice by immigration advisers;
  • receiving and handling complaints about immigration advisers; and
  • taking criminal proceedings against advisers who are acting illegally

Legal advisers registed with the OISC have to complete a detailed registration process. They can be registered at 3 levels of competence.

Immigration Services Commissioners

  • John Scampion (to May 2005)
  • Suzanne McCarthy (appointed 5 September 2005)


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