It can be difficult to know how to find a reputable Immigration company when searching for Immigration advice in the UK or elsewhere. UK Immigration firms are usually regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner or OISC for short. It’s still possible a company may use their logo, but not be authorised to provide immigration advice. The best course of action to ensure help with finding a reputable Immigration company is as follows:
Check they have a registration number with the OISC – this is usually located on their about us page or somewhere on the website. If you can’t find it ask them for it. Then you can check the OISC website to check if the company or adviser is authorised to provide immigration advice in the UK.
Check if the company has a listed address and telephone number. Unfortunately nowadays it’s easy for a company to put up any address as they are already rash enough to break the law they will not care about using their address or another premises address.
Check if the company is registered with companies house. If you search on companies house you will at least see if it is a trading company, if they are still in business and how long they have been in business. This doesn’t help with understanding if they can provide immigration advice or not, but does help with you checking the credibility of that company in question.
Every year the OISC find individuals and companies providing illegal immigration advice and ensure the law is enforced. It is important that you as a migrant are treated fairly and in accordance with the law. Immigration advisers authorised by the OISC have a set of codes and standards that must be followed to ensure you as a client are treated fairly, respectfully and professionally.
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