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2.6 Boundaries for Caseworkers
Advisers are required by OISC to act and advise at the level that they are competent at. The definitions of ‘immigration advice’ and ‘immigration services’ are set out in section 82 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (as amended). The work detailed below provides a framework of what can constitute ‘immigration advice’ thereby falling with the realm of (regulated work) and work that be conducted without the need to be registered (unregulated work).
- Give ‘generic information’ relevant to large groups of migrants (e.g. asylum seekers)
- Lodge an appeal against a refusal of asylum support.
- Request a copy of the BAIL 201 form.
*But you should not discuss how someone can make themselves eligible for support.
- Notify the HO of a change of address .
- Apply for permission to work.
- Straightforward EUSS applications - after 1 of July 2021, this is likely to be limited to:
- Upgrading from pre-settled to settled status for EEA nationals and their direct family members.
- Applications from pre-2021 family members to join an EEA national with status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
- Registration/naturalisation as a British Citizen (GOV.UK) (excluding discretionary child registration).Straightforward* applications for the partner, child or parent of a British, settled or refugee sponsor - Immigration Rules Appendix FM: family members - Immigration Rules - Guidance (GOV.UK).
Note: Applicants must not be overstayers or irregular migrants and must meet all the rules without relying on the ‘human rights’ provisions in EX.1, GEN.3.1 & GEN.3.2. Applications for children must not be based on ‘sole responsibility’ or ‘serious and compelling family or other considerations.’-European Convention on Human Rights (coe.int).
You must not lodge an appeal and you must not give advice on the following Level 2 matters:
- Asylum claims
- Refugee family reunion application
- Applications for irregular migrants
- Applications involving criminality or ‘poor character’
- Private life (R. 276ADE) applications
- ‘Complex’ applications for partners, children or parents
- Applications for ‘adult dependent relatives’
- Settlement as a victim of domestic abuse
And you must not do these Level 3 tasks:
- Advise someone about an immigration appeal
- Request an adjournment
- Apply for bail
- Submit a ‘pre-action protocol’ letter in relation to a regulated matter
Note: There may be circumstances where an application that is normally within Level 1 becomes Level 2 (e.g. where criminality or a lack of specified evidence comes to light.) If this happens, the matter should be referred to a Level 2 adviser ASAP.