Finding the right Immigration Advice @ the right Level?
Finding the right Immigration Lawyer or Adviser
Whether you are applying within the UK or outside the UK, in all likelihood you will probably need a visa before traveling. Selecting the right representative is all part of the application process and it’s an important one to get right from the start, if you are looking for support from an Immigration Lawyer, Immigration Solicitor or Immigration adviser changing your Legal representative after submitting your application can be a costly process with adverse effects within the application process. As changing provider will delay your application as your new provider learns about your case needs, you likely will have to pay your previous provider for any work already carried out on your application.
When looking for an Immigration Lawyer, Immigration Solicitor or Immigration Adviser we always recommend you choose someone registered through the OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) depending on the level of advice & service you require will dictate which level of registration your adviser you will need to be registered too.
Getting the right support: Only registered legal representatives can submit visa applications for you.
To submit visa applications your legal representative only needs to be registered with the OISC @ level 1 Immigration category this applies to all Immigration Lawyers, Solicitors & Immigration Advisers from any company registered with the OISC @ level 1
Lawyers & Advisers:
Solicitors - They can provide legal advice directly to you. They can meet with you, work out your case needs, deal with paperwork and communicate with others on your behalf. Some Solicitors can appear in court and others will often hire barristers to represent their clients'.
Barristers - Can do most of the same things as solicitors by giving advice and dealing with paperwork, however they can also represent you at court and tribunals. Barristers usually become involved in more advanced stages of a case for example at appeal or when exceptionally complex cases needs arise.
Chartered Legal Executives - Can do the same work as solicitors, some Solicitor firms employ Chartered Legal Executives to carry out some of the work on their behalf. Chartered Legal Executives can also apply to CILEx to become Immigration Practitioners who can work independently providing immigration advice and services.
Immigration Advisers - Like Solicitors, Immigration Advisers provide legal advice directly to you. They can meet with you, work out your case needs, deal with paperwork and communicate with others on your behalf. Some Immigration Advisers (level 3) can appear at tribunals and others will often hire barristers to represent their clients in court.
All Companies authorized to provide immigration advice & services will have a unique registration number provided through their regulatory bodies ours is F200500168 and each Immigration adviser, Immigration Lawyer will also have a registration number.
OISC - Regulate at three different levels for Immigration Advice & Service:
Level 1 - advice and assistance on all application work associated with the following:
Leave to enter
Leave to remain
Nationality and citizenship
EU and EEA law
Level 2 – casework
Level 2 advisers can do everything that Level 1 advisers can do, but can also accept more complicated cases.
Claims for asylum and human rights applications
Chief Immigration Officer Bail
Level 3 - advocacy and representation
Level 3 advisers can do everything that Level 1 and 2 advisers can. They can also appear on your behalf at an immigration tribunal.