The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is an independent, non-departmental public body set up under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.


The OISC's key responsibilities are:

> regulating immigration advisers

> promoting good practice by setting standards

> accepting and addressing complaints about anyone giving immigration advice

> prosecuting those who operate outside of the law

> oversight of the regulation of those who give immigration advice and are regulated by one of the Designated Professional Bodies


The OISC is directly accountable to the Home Secretary and through her to Parliament. The OISC's sponsor unit is within the Home Office. The OISC works with many voluntary bodies to raise awareness of the OISC's role

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner