Guidance overview: How to become a regulated immigration adviser

Details on how to become a registered immigration adviser including the 'new' Level 1 assessment, the online competence assessments and associated OISC forms.


Competence Assessment

Application Forms


How to become a registered adviser

This guidance informs you about the process of how to become a registered adviser. It includes information about:

  • the application process
  • applying for the correct level
  • competence assessment

OISC online competence assessments

As well as details of the new online assessments, this collection contains immigration and asylum assessment syllabuses, sample question papers, assessment resources, guidance on the assessment process, the marking scheme for assessments and a list of the confirmed assessment dates.

Post assessment processes

Applicants can still expect their assessment results approximately three weeks after they take their assessment. For most applications we will make a decision on their application for registration shortly after the results are available.

If an applicant does not pass the assessment and is refused registration, they can make a new application for registration. Any re-application must include what further training has been completed to ensure the applicant is now in a better position to pass the assessment. Applications resubmitted without details of further training will be refused. The OISC will not re-test an adviser within 4 weeks of their last registration decision.

Support for Level 1 candidates

To help support Level 1 applicants we have a number of Level 1 sample papers available from We encourage all applicants to use these practice papers in advance of the exams before applying for registration. This will help applicants understand if they are ready to sit the Level 1 assessment.

OISC application forms

Application forms for initial OISC registration, EU Settlement Scheme programme, maintaining registration, raising your levels and changing your legal status.

Published 29 December 2008
Last updated 17 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. A new assessment process for Level 1 is being introduced to bring the assessment in line with Level 2 and Level 3 application processes.

  2. Review of Relevant Matters following the UK's exit from the EU

  3. Details of new online competence assessments added.

  4. Interim change to DBS Certificate process during current health emergency

  5. The previous information re "Local authority nationality and settlement checking services" has been removed

  6. Guidance updated in relation to OISC jurisdiction and solicitors.

  7. Guidance updated.

  8. Guidance updated.

  9. Added link to model documents

  10. Update on competence marking

  11. Amended guidance notes

  12. Link added to DBS guidance document

  13. First published.