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You can get immigration advice from an immigration adviser if you need help with getting permission to stay in the UK.
Immigration advisers can help you with most things to do with immigration, including helping you to fill in the right forms and representing you at a tribunal. They do not make immigration decisions.
Check if the adviser is registered and if they charge a fee before you use them.
If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you might still be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you were living in the UK by 31 December 2020. The deadline to apply for most people was 30 June 2021. You can apply if you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying by the deadline - for example, you had an illness or were the victim of domestic abuse.
Find a registered immigration adviser
Use the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Adviser Finder to find a registered adviser near you.
All immigration advisers must be registered with OISC or be a member of an approved professional body.
If you want legal help
You can find solicitors who give immigration advice through:
- The Law Society if you live in England or Wales
- The Law Society of Scotland
- The Law Society of Northern Ireland
A solicitor can help manage your case and find a barrister.
If you’re managing your own case but want legal advice or advocacy, you can find a barrister through:
- The Bar Council’s Direct Access scheme if you live in England or Wales
- The Faculty of Advocates if you live in Scotland
- The Bar of Northern Ireland
Regulating immigration advisers
OISC regulates immigration advisers and makes sure they meet certain standards. For example, advisers must:
- carry insurance against giving poor advice
- keep up to date with current immigration advice
OISC maintains a register of the immigration advisers that they regulate.
Make a complaint
You can complain about an immigration adviser if you think you’ve had a bad service.
You cannot get your money back if an adviser is not regulated.
Suspended immigration advisers
You can see a list of people who are banned from acting as immigration advisers.