Give advice on asylum claims, nationality, citizenship, deportation and employment, and represent clients in court. You’ll work in the not-for-profit or for-profit immigration and asylum sector.

If you’re: a barrister – you’ll work on complex cases in court, at tribunals, or on High Court legal reviews; a solicitor – you’ll have a lot of personal contact with clients on complex, high-profile or expensive cases; a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – you’ll specialise in immigration doing very similar work to a solicitor; or if you are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) – the cases you work on will depend on your training.

Day-to-Day Activities

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • finding out the facts of a case
  • deciding how urgent a case is
  • making enquiries on behalf of clients
  • helping with application forms and contacting relevant authorities
  • explaining options and next steps to clients
  • drafting grounds for appeal and witness statements
  • representing clients in tribunals.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software: e.g. Case management system software, Database software, Microsoft Access
  • Electronic mail software: e.g. Google Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo! Email
  • Office suite software: e.g. Corel Office Suite, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org

Employment Prospects

  • 139,921 immigration consultants are employed in the UK.
  • New job opportunities are likely in the future.
  • Green jobs have created this new and emerging type of work that wasn't around before.

Working Environment

  • Evenings
  • Office
  • Part-Time
  • People
  • Throughout the UK
  • Weekends & Public Holidays

Time - Average of 36 hours per week.

Compare with the paid time worked by full-time employees in the UK.

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Pay - Average of £970 per week.

Compare with the pay, excluding overtime, for full-time employees across the UK.

£312
£1067

Route to Employment

GCSEs

A-Levels

  • Any

Other Information

To work as an immigration consultant or adviser you must work in an organisation that is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Alternatively, you can specialise in immigration as a barrister or solicitor or legal executive. Paid or unpaid experience in an organisation that works with immigrants and asylum seekers, like Citizens Advice, Refugee Action, or Refugee Support Network and knowledge in a foreign language can give you an advantage when you apply for jobs or training.

Popular Degree Subjects

The most common degree subjects to be a Immigration Consultant

Employability Skills Needed

Employability Skills Key:

  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Analytical Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Negotiation & Persuasion
  • Teamwork

Interests Needed

Interests Key:

  • Conventional
  • Enterprising

Knowledge Needed

Knowledge Key:

  • English Language
  • Law and Government
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Communications and Media
  • Foreign Language
  • Education and Training

Abilities Needed

Abilities Key:

  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Written Expression
  • Near Vision
  • Information Ordering
  • Problem Sensitivity

Work Styles Needed

Work Styles Key:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Achievement & Effort
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology Experience Needed

Technology Key:

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Office suite software

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