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New OISC Level 2 training course in immigration and asylum law now available to members

Our new OISC Level 2 course: immigration and asylum online training is now live and available to all Free Movement members. It covers the whole of the OISC immigration and asylum syllabuses and is perfect for anyone relatively new to the immigration sector who wants to take their knowledge of immigration law to the next level. On completion, you’ll be able to download a certificate which you can add to your continuing professional development (CPD) record.

Who should take the course?

We think it’s a great resource for anyone who is practising or wants to practise immigration law at an intermediate level.

Obviously, if you are preparing to take your OISC level 2 assessment, this self-study course is definitely for you. We build on the knowledge you’ll have developed from practising at level 1 to get you ready to become a level 2 caseworker.

If you are a trainee or solicitor getting to grips with more complex immigration situations, this course will be perfect for you as well.

What is in the OISC Level 2 course?

The Free Movement course covers both the immigration and asylum/protection syllabuses. It builds on the knowledge and understanding already acquired at OISC Level 1 (we have a course for that too, in case you didn’t know).

The first eight modules focus on the law and the types of work you’ll encounter as a level 2 adviser. You’ll be able to take your immigration practice to the next level by learning about leave outside the rules and human rights applications, asylum claims, refugee family reunion, detention, deportation, appeals, and lots more. At the end of each module, you can test your knowledge with helpful (we hope!) revision questions.

The final module focuses on regulation and assessment, including how to raise your level of competence from level 1 to level 2 (see our extra explainer here), the assessment format and how best to prepare.

How can you start the course?

To start the course, you’ll need to be logged into your Free Movement account. If you are not a member yet, you can join here. Membership starts from £22 plus VAT per month and you can cancel at any time.

Will there be a live, tutored version of the OISC Level 2 course?

We will be offering a live, online version of the course starting in April 2024. This will be based on the model of our live OISC Level 1 course, which is held online twice per week for four weeks with the group size capped at 10 (the next one is in January 2024 if you are interested; it is already filling up).

Trainees will be able to sit a mock exam after the course concludes and receive marks and feedback from us. We’ll announce the course dates and how to enrol in the New Year.

We’re also making both our OISC courses available for live in-house training on a commission basis. If you have a venue and a group of people who need to know immigration or asylum law, we’ll provide a trainer and the materials. We’ll need two full days of contact time to deliver either OISC Level 1 or OISC Level 2. Drop us a line if you’d like to discuss places, dates and costs.

Let us know how you get on!

This has been the most requested course by our members and we are delighted to be able to deliver it. An enormous amount of work went into preparing these materials so we hope you find them as valuable as the rest of our content.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to the course since it quietly went live last week. We’ve estimated that it will take around 40 hours on average to complete. We’ll adjust that estimate depending on feedback. And we take our hats off to the five members who have already managed to complete the whole thing…

We always want to hear how our members get on with courses, so if you have any feedback please complete the form at the end of the course or drop an email to editor@freemovement.org.uk.

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Jasmine Quiller-Doust

Jasmine is the Training Manager at Free Movement and a non-practising solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum law.