4. Complain about an adviser
You can complain to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) about either:
- bad service you received from an adviser registered with OISC
- immigration advice you received from an unregulated person
You can also ask someone to make a complaint on your behalf, for example a friend, solicitor or voluntary organisation.
There’s a different way to complain about a legal adviser registered with a professional body but not regulated by OISC.
What you can and can’t complain about
You can complain about:
- poor advice or service
- unreasonable fees
- an adviser claiming you’ll be successful
- an adviser charging for work not done
- an adviser missing deadlines or failing to appear in court
- an adviser
You can’t make a complaint about:
- how long your immigration application has taken
- something that’s already part of an ongoing legal action
- a refund or compensation
- Home Office staff
- a person or organisation outside the UK
You usually can’t make a complaint about something that happened more than 12 months ago - OISC will decide whether or not to investigate depending on the situation.
OISC may refer your complaint elsewhere if you complain about a solicitor or barrister.
Read more about how the OISC deals with complaints.
How to complain about an adviser regulated by OISC
The easiest way to complain is to:
- download and fill in the complaints form
- include any documents that are relevant with your complaint
- send the complaints form and documents to email@example.com or by post to the address on the form.
The form is available in different languages and your complaint can be translated if needed.
You can get help from OISC staff to fill in the complaints form, but they can’t write your complaint for you.
Complain by letter
You can also make a complaint by sending a letter or email.
You need to provide as much detail as you can about who you’re making the complaint against and what the complaint is about.
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
21 Bloomsbury Street
How to complain about an unregulated adviser
You can email the OISC to report someone giving immigration advice who isn’t regulated by either the OSIC or another approved body.
Get help with your complaint
You can get support and advice from the:
- Refugee Council England
- Welsh Refugee Council
- Scottish Refugee Council
- Citizens Advice Northern Ireland
What happens next
You’ll get a letter within 5 days of making your complaint telling you how it’s going to be dealt with.
You’ll get a letter with a decision on your case within 5 months of making your complaint.
The OISC may decide to:
- take action against the adviser, for example warn the adviser about their conduct
- refer the complaint, for example if it’s about a solicitor or barrister