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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Throughout the UK
- Weekends & Public Holidays
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Route to Employment
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.
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