Immigration Bill: immigration advisers and immigration service providers

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Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
10 October 2013
Factsheet; 13
Legislation, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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The immigration advice sector has always attracted, and continues to attract, opportunistic and unscrupulous immigration advisers. Parliament recognised this by passing the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 which makes it an offence to provide immigration advice and services without being regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) or an existing qualifying regulator such as the Law Society.

The Government believes that the powers of the Commissioner need strengthening to enable the role to be fulfilled effectively, in particular in relation to the cancellation or suspension of registration, and powers of entry. The current regulatory regime is also unnecessarily complicated and confusing in the way it distinguishes between organisations that charge and do not charge for their services.

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