If you or a family member has been detained for an issue with immigration status or has concerns regarding deportation or asylum, you most likely have been told to retain the services of an immigration adviser. Advisers can be extremely helpful when navigating the Immigration Detention System. They will assist in completing the proper forms, ensure you schedule and attend appropriate tribunals, and some will even represent your interests in person.
OISC Regulated Advisers
When locating an immigration adviser be sure to ask about regulation and certification. Legitimate advisers are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and will:
- Hold insurance against poor performance of their responsibilities
- Be current on all relevant points of immigration policy and procedure
By law, immigration advisers must be registered with a professional organization. If they are not affiliated with the OISC they may have a relationship with The Law Society (England/Wales), The Law Society of Scotland, or The Law Society of Northern Ireland. Each will maintain a list of accredited immigration advisers over whom they have authority.
The OISC also maintains a list of people who have been banned from serving as advisers.
The Three Levels of Immigration Advisers
- Level One: These advisers are allowed to offer simple advice and assistance on topics such as work visas, entry clearance, and leaves to enter or remain.
- Level Two: The next level of adviser is allowed to do casework pertaining to asylum and detention.
- Level Three: The third level is reserved for advisers capable of representing your immigration case at a tribunal.
No matter which level you choose, make sure you reach an understanding about fees and services up front. A qualified adviser will be able to determine your estimated cost and the necessary actions for resolution in an initial meeting. Once retained, all advisers are required to submit a letter explaining all fees and services rendered.
Immigration detention can be difficult to resolve without professional guidance. Enlist the services of a qualified adviser to help achieve the best resolution possible.