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What Advice to Give and Get in this Forum
« on: July 15, 2009, 09:45:19 PM »
In the UK, the giving of immigration advice is regulated by the OISC.

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The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, as amended, defines 'immigration advice' (Section X) as advice relating to a particular individual given in connection with one or more 'relevant matters' by a person who knows that he is giving such advice.
(source: OISC)

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Section 84 (1) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 ('the Act') prohibits the provision of immigration advice or services other than by a 'qualified person'.
(source: OISC)

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Please note that if you only signpost or pass on general information about the immigration system you are outside the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) scheme.
(source: OISC)

Even with the best of intentions, you must take care in how you share visa advice to comply with UK law. For us lay persons, this is "general information" for those basic issues that are within the immigration rules.

If you need advice that is specific to your own circumstances due to complicated situations, you are advised to seek advice from a qualified advisor or solicitor, as most forum members here are not qualified to help unless listed/registered with the OISC or other advisors who provide immigration advice and services, such as practising solicitors, barristers and legal executives.

Law Society Tool for Finding a Solicitor (Lawyer)

Solicitors Regulating Authority: What To Expect From a Solicitor

OISC Guide to What Level Advisor You Need

OISC Guide How to Find an Advisor

List of Advisors Who Do Not Charge

Register of Advisors Who Do Charge a Fee

How to Choose an Advisor

For those who are not qualified, please take care to your comments as everyone is subject to OISC regulations on giving advice, overstepping the boundaries can be prosecuted.

In complex cases I would suggest anyone unregistered or unqualified should abstain comment, these include but not limited to:

Asylum

Out-of-time applications, concessionary policies, lodging (in exceptional circumstances) Notices of Appeal and Statements of Additional Grounds, representations to the United Kingdom Borders Agency (UKBA) on illegal entry, overstayer, removal and deportation cases

and,
Detention, applications for temporary admission, CIO bail, immigration judge bail.

Thank you for your co-operation in these matters. :)

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Re: What Advice to Give and Get in this Forum
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2009, 06:05:43 PM »
Updated to add links to Law Society and SRA.


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