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Wimbledon unqualified immigration adviser convicted

Unqualified immigration adviser convicted for providing unlawful immigration advice

Mr Ansar Ahmad, 28, a member of the Institute of Paralegals and trading as Smart Legal Services, Haydon Road, Wimbledon, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 9 December 2015, to 4 charges of providing unregulated immigration advice and services.

He was fined a total of £500 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £500.

Speaking about the decision, Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner, Dr Ian Leigh said:

“The OISC is here to ensure that people seeking immigration advice are treated fairly by people they can trust. We have clear standards outlining what we expect in terms of the fitness and competence of regulated advisers.

“Mr Ahmad chose to operate outside the law. I hope that the outcome of this case sends a clear message to others who may be considering providing immigration advice, either act within the law or you will find yourself in court.”