An unauthorised immigration adviser will return to prison after a second conviction for offering unqualified services.
Kamran Malik, from Plaistow in east London, pleaded guilty in March at Southwark Crown Court to four counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services. Offences took place between November 2014 and March 2017, with clients paying money for immigration advice on the basis they thought he was regulated.
His actions came to light when a referral was made to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, which had previously prosecuted Malik in 2014. In June of that year, he was convicted of providing unqualified immigration advice and services and sentenced to 24 weeks in prison.
Yesterday, the 51-year-old appeared before His Honour Judge Robbins for sentencing on his latest convictions: Malik was jailed for 12 months on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. He was also 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.
In sentencing, the judge said the most aggravating factor was his previous conviction for similar offences.
Dr Ian Leigh, the 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.'
NOTE: On 16 May 2019 the Court of Appeal considered the appeal against sentence and:
1. Allowed the appeal and quashed the compensation orders and the order to pay prosecution costs, imposed in the court below;
2. Remitted the making of compensation orders and the order to pay prosecution costs back to the Crown Court (the appellant will be required to provide the Crown Court with a statement of income and liabilities);
3. Affirmed the remainder.