Immigration Law Courses & Training

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As with most courses featured on this site immigration law training can be as short as a few hours, or as long as a full masters degree. It depends what exactly the reasons are for you wanting to take the course.

You could be an academic who wants to study a masters in immigration law or maybe you’re part of a firm or charity who deal with immigration cases. Maybe you even work for the boarder agency and need to know more about the legal side of your job.

OISC courses

The OISC stand for the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner. They regulate immigration advisers by ensuring they are fit and competent and act in the best interests of their clients. Advisers will provide information on claims for asylum, applications for entry, leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom (UK), immigration employment documents and even citizenship.

There are several courses available which are in line with the OISC Code of Standards. These are a great, and safe option if you want to peruse a career in immigration or become an immigration adviser. Although you will still need to pass the OISC internal procedures – this type of course will help you to pass. There are OISC Level 1 and level 2/3 courses available. Try to also find courses which comply with the Legal Services Commission (LSC) guidelines, However if they comply with the OISC they should also comply with the LSC too. Contact your course provider for further details.

Immigration masters courses

There are a few universities who offer a masters course in immigration. But please not that some Human Rights masters courses will include elements of Immigration law. This could be the reason that so few universities offer the immigration course at MSc level. You should ask the university you’re thinking of doing the course at about the exact content of their Human Rights LLM. These universities offer the course at the time of writing:

  • Edinburgh University
  • Kingston University
  • Queen Mary University (Comparative Immigration and Nationality Law)
These courses are ideal for solicitors or barristers who truly want to become a specialist in the area of immigration law.

Other courses

There are also other shorter courses available. These are ideal for people who want to increase their technical knowledge in a certain area of immigration law. For example:

  • Applying for immigration Bail
  • Deportation & Detention appeals
  • Immigration issues involving families & children
  • Immigration and criminal law
  • Professional skills courses such as drafting and interviewing technique
These sort of course focus on professional development for people already qualified to advise on immigration matters (like solicitors) and therefore may not OISC approved. When researching these courses make sure they are being taught by a relevant qualified professional. These courses, as well as OISC accredited courses, could also be useful for individuals who don’t directly work advising clients on immigration. An example of this would be a paralegal who works in a firm which deals in immigration, or as stated above, individuals who work for the UK border agency.

Course Providers

The following institutions offer the course; we don’t necessaries endorse the course if it’s listed here. This isn’t an exhaustive list.

  • Immigration Law Training
  • ILEX
  • Oxford Law Courses

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