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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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4.2 Registration

Details of how to apply for registration [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] can be found on the OISC website. Successfully completing the Level 1 examination equips you to provide basic immigration advice within the Immigration Rules.

In the application process, you must:

  • undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • complete an online application form
  • complete a competence statement
  • (if required) complete of a new adviser application.

A fee determined by Statutory Instrument must be submitted with the application, and once registered, an annual fee is payable. It is important not to apply unless you are ready to do so and are available to take the exam: when the OISC receives an application it assigns an exam date, and exams take place every month. Even if you pass the exam, you are not permitted to give advice until the OISC assesses your competencies. Successful assessment usually requires some legal and caseworking experience to fulfil the competence requirements (as well, of course, passing the exam).

Activity 3: Registration

Timing: Allow about 30 minutes

Go to the OISC website and find the application form for registration as an immigration adviser. Read through the application form, guidance notes and competency requirements, and use the space below to:

  • note down any tasks you need to complete in order to register
  • create a plan for completing the forms, including gathering any necessary information.


As well as the application form, the website also provides instructions and model documents. When you draft your application, you should read the instructions carefully. You may also wish to read the model documents before you start, to ensure that your application covers all necessary information. Fees paid on submission of an application can only be refunded in specific circumstances.

Your notes will reflect your individual circumstances and plans. Setting time aside to complete and review your application will help you ensure that the application has been completed as required.

The application form, along with links to instructions and model documents, and details of the fees can be found on the OISC website (OISC, 2021a).