UKBA Consultation: Oversight of the Immigration Advice Sector
What the consultation is about
The UK Borders Agency consultation paper Oversight of the Immigration Advice Sector seeks views from the public and other stakeholders on the scope and structure of future regulation of the immigration advice and services sector. Amongst other things it proposes that fees be charged for regulation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
What we said
AdviceUK has submitted a response that can be downloaded below. We have opposed the introduction of charges and while we have welcomed some of the proposed changes, we have generally called for proportionate and consistent regulation.
The Black and Minority Ethnic Advice Network (BAN), which is facilitated and supported by AdviceUK has also issued a response. This can also be downloaded below.
Responses have also been submitted by:
How they responded
The UK Borders Agency issued a consultation response paper in November 2009. On the crucial issue of charging for regulation they have indicated their intention to recover costs from advice providers. However, they do accept the need to minimise the impact of this on organisations that provide free advice. Click here to read the UKBA response.
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