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Sri Lankan fined for providing unlawful immigration advice

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President of student association pleaded guilty to 4 offences of unlawfully providing immigration advice.

On 5 March 2014 Sampath Gunawansa, 32, of Church Lane, Kingsbury, pleaded guilty to 4 offences of illegally providing immigration advice and services. Gunawansa is the founder and president of the ‘Sri Lankan Student Association’ based in Edgware.

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), which investigated and prosecuted Gunawansa, discovered that he had been unlawfully submitting visa applications and making appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

Gunawansa pleaded guilty to four offences of unlawfully providing immigration advice and services at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £708 prosecution costs.

Speaking about the decision, Immigration Services Commissioner Suzanne McCarthy said:

“Where it is clear an individual is flouting the law, the OISC will not hesitate to use the full extent of its powers to stop them.

“I am delighted with the outcome of this case, and I hope it sends a clear message to other people considering offering immigration advice - either act within the law or you will find yourself in court.”