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Introduction to UK immigration law and becoming an immigration advisor
Introduction to UK immigration law and becoming an immigration advisor

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11 Consolidation

This session has covered a wide range of information designed to raise your awareness of the UK’s legal system and law-making process.

The learning outcomes for this session were as follows:

  • Knowledge and understanding of:
    • sources of law in the UK
    • any laws, policies and rules in relation to immigration and asylum law
    • the office and role of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
  • Practical and professional skills of:
    • effective reading and note-taking
    • locating and assessing relevant information (digital literacy skills)
    • reflecting on, and planning, your own learning.

If you feel that you have not achieved any of these learning outcomes, then please revisit the relevant section.

Activity 5: Self-reflection for Session 1

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Think about how you approached your studies in this session, particularly how comfortable you felt with your online searching. What has worked well and what would you improve?

When you look for information online it can be helpful to adopt a plan so that you can make effective use of your time. Before you begin to look for information on any topic, make some decisions about what you are looking for, and why.

Set aside a few minutes to ask yourself questions about what you want to find, such as:

  • Do I want to find legislation, the Immigration Rules or policy – or all three?
  • Do I want current or historical information?
  • How much information do I want? For example, is it enough information to produce a concise piece of advice?
  • How much time do I have?
  • What level of information do I want?
  • What do I not want?
  • What keywords will I use in my search?
  • If I am looking up case law or legislation, are they still current? Have they been repealed, or overturned?

Establishing whether the information you are relying on is reputable is an important skill, and it’s particularly important when you’re accessing internet sources. The internet is full of misinformation!

Data can be inaccurate, unreliable, out-of-date, false and biased, so do not be tempted to use summary websites: instead, go to relevant Government websites or use [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . As you become more familiar with them, they will become easier to navigate and use.

There is a range of reliable and useful online resources for immigration advisers such as ILPA, HJT and EIN. In practice, many immigration advisers often work with a network of other advisers. Key to their role and good practice is understanding good sources of information.

Now it’s time to move on to Session 2.