Not just boring coverage of the Rules: Why our course is different

Immigration training from a practicing OISC-accredited immigration firm. Who else is better placed to train immigration advisers than an experienced immigration adviser? 1st 4Immigration Ltd has been accredited by the OISC since 2008 (OISC ref 200800152) while our sister company, Multi Travel Visas Ltd, has been helping with Schengen, Indian, Chinese and Russian visas since 2005.  Furthermore, this company was founded by an immigrant (turned an immigration adviser) who has gone through the visa stages of a Fiancee-Spouse-ILR-now dual Citizenship.

Our training is useful for the current and prospective OISC-regulated immigration advisers. Most of our classroom courses are scheduled just before the OISC exam dates to help you to prepare for it. We have the courses covering a wide range of subjects, such as OISC Level 1 course (online or classroom) as well as the courses focused on the most common subjects in the immigration practice. We have an intense Points - Based System course, courses about the British Citizenship rules for EU/EEA nationals and their family members, Spouse/Partner visas - Case Studies & FAQs, plus Self-employment income in Visa Applications (but a Self-employed Immigration Adviser).

With our online courses you can study in your own time. Some of our training courses are available online, so you can download a PDF file onto your computer, iPad or a smartphone which allows to read PDF.  No need to travel to a classroom, no need to wait for the next date. You can start your immigration training right now!

Yet if you'd rather learn in a classroom, with a tutor to answer your questions - we have it covered too! Please look at our classroom courses, we have training dates almost every month.

Logical structure and detailed explanations in plain language. If you look around at many other OISC Level 1 and other courses available, you’ll see the same structure: Basics, Visiting, Points-Based System, Spouse/Partner visas, EEA Law, British Citizenship. How can you be sure what is covered? We provide a very detailed table of Contents on our webpage. We made Studying in the UK under Tier 4 in a separate section, even the Immigration Rules place this section separately. It is more logical to cover work routes, such as Tier 1, 2 or Work Permit/Ancestral, then to cover ILR rules for the same, then to add how to treat the Dependants. Studying does not lead to an ILR in most cases and therefore, we cover it separately.

We included answers to the most commonly asked questions by clients as well as most common mistakes made by the clients. Examples include: applying for Citizenship without an ILR, how to determine if switching is possible or if a visa allows to work, what to do if the main PBS applicant is eligible for an ILR but his spouse/partner is not, does one need to transfer a visa to a new passport when the old one expired, what is the difference between British by descent and British otherwise than by decent, what is the difference between ‘born British’ and ‘not British by birth but can be registered as British’, whether ‘property’ can be used for the Financial Requirement for Spouse/Partner/Fiancee visa and many, many other issues.

Case studies from our practice. Real cases are one of the best ways to learn, so we have included a few which we found appropriate or interesting (without names or confidential info). 

You can take the course material, provided at our OISC Level 1 training, to your Level 1 assessment when attending an OISC exam.  Under the current OISC accreditation process, the candidates aren't allowed to use internet but can take any notes/books they wish, including a printout of our material.

Not just boring citation from the Immigration Rules (applies to all of our courses). For the purpose of OISC Assessment, there is an  ‘Exam Resource Book’ provided on the OISC website, which is the source on which the questions are based. This ‘book’ is simply a citation from the Immigration Rules and other legislation, such as British Nationality Act 1981 or The Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006. Of course these are sources of the rules we use in our work! However, reading those is only useful if you have a reasonable amount of legal training. Most potential immigration advisers do not have such legal training, so this is where our detailed explanations of how the Rules work come useful, together with case studies and answer to most commonly asked questions.

Examples: we explain the difference between the Old and New rules for spouses and partners and how/when to use the Transitional Arrangements; how criminality rules changed in December 2012 for ILR and Citizenship applications; how to determine which categories lead to settlement and the common routes to an ILR as well as common issues.

All our courses, including OISC Level 1, award CPD credit towards your annual Continuing Professional Development (core knowledge), including under the new OISC system, following changes in 2016.