A man convicted for the second time of providing unqualified immigration advice and services has been jailed for a year.
Kamran Malik, 51, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to four counts after being prosecuted by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
Malik was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment on each count to run concurrently, made the subject of a criminal behaviour order not to provide immigration advice or services for 10 years, and ordered to pay £48,000 in prosecution costs and £16,700 in compensation to complainants.
Immigration is the only area of law which is not one of the reserved legal activities but is subject to a standalone regulatory regime that allows non-lawyers to work in it.
The offences took place between November 2014 and March 2017, during which time clients paid money to Malik believing that he was legitimate. His actions were exposed when a referral was made to the OISC.
Malik was first convicted of providing unqualified immigration services earlier in 2014, for which he received a total of 24 weeks’ imprisonment.
Sentencing him yesterday, His Honour Judge Robbins said: “The really aggravating factor is once again you are before the court for similar offences you were convicted of before.”
Dr Ian Leigh, Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner, said: “The OISC is here to ensure that people seeking immigration advice are treated fairly by people they can trust.
“We have clear standards outlining what we expect in terms of the fitness and competence of regulated advisers. Mr Malik, once again, chose to operate outside of the law.
“I hope that the outcome of this case sends a clear message to others who may be considering providing immigration advice, either act lawfully or you will find yourself in court.”