About the OISC

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is an independent, non-departmental public body set up under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 give the Immigration Services Commissioner various powers including:

  • refusing an adviser entry to the regulatory scheme
  • deregulating a regulated adviser
  • limiting or varying levels of work advisers may undertake
  • laying a disciplinary charge against a regulated adviser
  • applying for a Restraining Order or an injunction
  • prosecuting for illegally providing immigration advice and/or services
  • prosecuting for illegally advertising immigration advice and/or services
  • entering an adviser's premises
  • seizing an adviser's records.

The OISC does not provide immigration advice or recommend or endorse a specific adviser.

OISC Organisational Structure

Find out who does what at the OISC.

Annual Reports, Business Plan and Policies

View the OISC's latest annual reports and business plans.

Publication Scheme

Information published by the OISC under the freedom of information Act.


Information about careers with the OISC, including job packs and latest vacancies


Information about how to use this website and target accessibility standards

Other Bodies

The OISC works with a wide range of organisations, including professional associations, tribunals, the Home Office and voluntary bodies. Details can be found here.

List of Not for Profit Regulated Immigration Advisers

The List of Not For Profit Regulated Immigration Advisers has details of all advisers regulated by us who do not charge clients for advice or services.

Register of For Profit Regulated Immigration Advisers

The Register of For Profit Regulated Immigration Advisers has details of all advisers regulated by us who charge clients for their advice or services.

List of prohibited immigration advisers

The List of Prohibited Immigration Advisers has information about advisers who have been prohibited from practicing by the Immigration Services Tribunal.

To find an OISC regulated immigration adviser in your area, please use our adviser-finder database.