How to find and choose a Regulated Immigration Adviser

How do I find a Regulated Immigration Adviser?

Immigration adviserThe OISC does not provide immigration advice but we can help you find an adviser who is registered with us.

All regulated OISC advisers display the OISC tick logo on their letter headed paper.

Do not believe an adviser if they tell you they can influence the Home Office.

Immigration advisers do not make immigration decisions. Such decisions are made by the Home Office.

The OISC list and register of 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.

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

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

Levels of Regulated Advice

The OISC regulates advisers at three levels:

Advice Organisations that charge a fee

Most regulated immigration advice organisations who charge will be private businesses, but some may be voluntary bodies including charities and local authorities which only charge in specific circumstances agreed with the OISC.

You should ask for a copy and may wish to view the adviser's fee scales in advance, and compare prices and experience by speaking to several advice organisations.

Advice Organisations that do not charge a fee

Advice Organisations that do not charge a fee (exempt) range from some well-known charities to small community-based organisations. Some of these organisations provide publicly funded advice or services. Clients will still be asked to pay for expenses incurred such as translation costs and Home Office application fees.