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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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2 What is the OISC registration scheme?

There are three different exam levels in the OISC registration scheme. It starts at Level 1, which you must pass before progressing to Level 2. Completing each level means that immigration advisers can take on work that is increasing in complexity:

  • Level 1: basic immigration advice.
  • Level 2: more complex casework.
  • Level 3: appeals to a First-tier Tribunal against a visa, asylum or immigration decision.

More detailed information on these levels [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] can be found on the OISC area of GOV.UK.

Activity 2: The work of an immigration adviser

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes


Appeals to the County Court


Applications for entry clearance, or leave to enter or remain in the UK


Bail applications and appeals against deportation


Bringing cases for a breach of human rights


Bringing cases for false imprisonment


Bringing cases for unlawful detention




Claims for asylum


Debt advice


Deportation or removal


Drafting housing applications


Immigration employment documents






School entrance advice

The correct answers are b, c, g, h, j, l, m and n.


Taking appeals to the County Court, drafting housing applications, and giving advice on debt or school entrance are undertaken by other professionals; for example solicitors, specialist debt advisers (the Money and Pensions Service), housing associations and other organisations, such as law centres or Citizens Advice.

There may be occasions where bringing cases for false imprisonment, unlawful detention or other human rights breaches may be relevant to the work of an immigration adviser. Such cases require specialist advice, and this work is beyond the remit of a Level 1 immigration adviser. Immigration advisers are, however, expected to be able to identify possible human rights breaches so that specialist advice can be sought and action can be taken.