The Government has launched a new scheme for charities and other organisations to apply more quickly to become registered advisors to EU citizens when they apply to settle in the UK. 

The scheme is run by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and decisions under this process is expected to take 4 to 6 weeks after receipt.

The usual requirement for applicants to complete the written exam as part of the process has been removed and successful applicants can provide basic advice solely on EU settlement ('level 1' advice).

It's important to know that it is a criminal offence for a person to provide immigration advice or services in the UK unless their organisation is regulated by the OISC or meets certain other specific criteria.

General information on what assistance can be given to migrants without the requirement to be regulated can be found in the OISC immigration assistance document.

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