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OISC level 1 online tutoring in immigration law: book now

OISC level 1 online tutoring in immigration law: book now

Need or want to learn immigration law with an OISC Level 1 training course? Planning to sit the OISC level 1 exams? Prefer to learn in a small group? We have the perfect course for you.

Our approach to OISC Level 1 training is to offer ‘guided learning’. Trainees study our online materials in their own time and then come together online after each module to go through key learning points and discuss additional exercises with the tutor. Over four weeks we hold eight tutor-led online seminars: twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays between 4pm and 5.30pm with a maximum group size of ten trainees.

The first seven seminars focus on law and practice and the final one covers regulation, ethics and exam preparation. Trainees can sit a mock OISC Level 1 exam after the course concludes and will receive marks and feedback.

Who is the course for?

The course is perfect for those wanting to learn immigration law for the first time. You do not need any prior experience and you do not need previous legal training. It is aimed at those who are new to immigration law.

If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of passing the OISC level 1 exams, this is the way to do it. If you work or volunteer for a charity or NGO and want to get a better handle on the system as a whole, the course is perfect for you. If you are already a lawyer but want to transition into doing more immigration work… you get the picture.

The course is only available to Free Movement members and costs an additional fee of £500 per person plus VAT. Non-members can of course sign up as members in order to take the course, starting at just £22 per month plus VAT.

Why should you take this course?

We have over 3,000 active members from a huge range of firms and organisations. Hundreds of our members have taken our existing OISC level 1 course.

Our approach of guided learning, self-study, a structured course and small group seminars over a four week period offers a much better and more relaxed learning environment than a compacted crammer course. It gives you the chance to think about what you are learning and digest the material you cover. We offer you the best opportunity to really understand how immigration law works and to pass the OISC level 1 exams.

What will you get if you sign up?

You get

  • Eight small group seminars spread over four weeks
  • Genuinely expert tuition
  • Group size is capped at ten trainees per course
  • Additional materials reinforcing key learning points
  • An opportunity to discuss scenarios based on real life immigration problems similar to the questions you will face in the OISC level 1 exam
  • Marking of and feedback on your mock exam paper

What does our OISC Level 1 training cover?

Session 1: Introduction to immigration law and visitor visas

You’ll start with the sources of immigration law in the UK, including the Immigration Rules. We delve into the different immigration categories and how to make an immigration application. The second half of the session looks at the rules around visitor visas (known commonly as “tourist visas”) and how to make a successful application.

Session 2: Family visas, private life, long residence and returning residents

Next you turn to the requirements for joining family members in the UK, along with the rules on mandatory evidence. We will also look at how people can stay in the UK permanently by acquiring indefinite leave to remain status, and how that status can be lost and re-acquired.

Session 3: Asylum and protection

No course on the UK immigration system is complete without at least an introduction to refugee law and the asylum process. Our case study focuses on a refugee journey and the support available for people who enter the asylum system. We also look at what other forms of protection are available where an asylum claimant is not considered to meet the definition of a refugee. This includes humanitarian protection and permission to stay on human rights grounds.  

Session 4: British nationality

We’ll look at how British nationality is obtained by children and adults. We will consider the key provisions of the British Nationality Act 1981, the requirements that have to be met, and how to use the accompanying Home Office caseworker guidance documents to prepare an application.

Session 5: EU Settlement Scheme

This session explains the situation for EU nationals and their family members following Brexit. We will look at the different statuses that can be acquired (including settled and pre-settled status) under the EU Settlement Scheme and the grounds on which a late application can be made, since the deadlines have now all past.

Session 6: Working and studying in the UK

Next we turn to the business immigration visa categories, including the highly skilled migrant routes, the skilled worker and other sponsored migrant routes and the temporary work routes. We also look at how foreign students can come to the UK to undertake an educational course and whether their partner and/or children are able to accompany them.

Session 7: Refusals, remedies, detention and deportation

It is always important to consider why applications may be refused and the remedies available. We will discuss the immigration tribunal system for appeals and other means of challenging immigration decisions such as administrative review and reconsideration requests. The second half of this session provides an introduction to immigration enforcement; covering detention, bail, administrative removal and deportation.

Session 8: Ethics, competence and exam preparation

The final session covers the key ethical principles of immigration law practice and the OISC Code of Standards. We look at when to refer a case to a higher level adviser and signposting, and other key skills required by immigration advisers at Level 1. The second half of this session looks at the format of the exam, along with exam tips and techniques.

After the final session, trainees can put what they’ve learnt to practice and complete the mock exam. We will then mark it and provide every trainee with feedback.

What do people say about our online OISC level 1 training?

To impart the knowledge of the complex immigration rules in a concise, accessible way is miraculous! I feel much more confident now in knowing how to look for the relevant information I might need. The approach was kind and understanding so you never feel stupid for asking a question or getting something wrong. At first I was somewhat daunted having never studied something like this before but as you get into the swing of things you start to see how you can navigate your way around the immigration rules and how clients can look at all the possible routes available to them, including the essential do’s and dont’s when making applications to the Home Office. An incredibly practical course.
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I really enjoyed the course – the sessions were interesting and helpful, and the tutor was able to present dense information clearly and concisely.
Gosia M
Detailed but not overwhelming. The examples were good and illustrated complex parts well. The quiz at the end was very good.
Ana Hart, UK Visas
Ana Hart
Really helpful and informative. Tutor took her time to answer every question. Was very patient with us.
I thought the test questions were helpful. The language used was clear. The visuals for more complicated parts of the rules were great.
Katharine Higgs
Katharine Higgs

How can I book?

You can sign up and make payment below. Only ten places are available on each course and we sell these on a first-come-first-served basis. All of our previous courses have sold out. The cost is £500 plus VAT.



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Refund policy

We understand that circumstances can change. Cancellation and refund is possible with no questions asked up to 7 days before the course is due to begin. After that, if you wish to cancel we will refund your payment in full as long as we are able to book somebody else onto the course to take your place.

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.

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