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Not-for-profit status

Under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Regulations 2008, advisers are not required to pay a licence application fee or immigration adviser’s levy if they:

This policy outlines the circumstances in which an immigration adviser can apply for not-for-profit status with the Immigration Advisers Authority (the Authority).

Individuals who work or volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation

A not-for-profit organisation is:

Applicants who work or volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation should contact the Authority to request recognition of their not-for-profit status before they apply for a licence.

Applicants will need to provide the following information to assist the Authority in assessing if they work or volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation:

The Authority will assess all the information provided by the applicant.

The Authority will contact the applicant to inform them whether it is satisfied that they will provide services on a not-for-profit basis. If satisfied, the applicant will be able to apply for a licence online without submitting the otherwise required fee and levy.

Once the applicant has completed the online application form up to the point where they are asked for the fee, they must call the Authority and provide the reference number given to them when their not-for-profit status was approved, to be permitted to submit the online application without paying the fee.

The Authority will assess the licence application in the same manner and according to the same competency standards as a fee-paying applicant.

Individuals seeking not-for-profit status

Applicants who wish to act as an immigration adviser on a not-for-profit basis outside of an employment or contractual business relationship must meet the following criteria:

Individual applicants should contact the Authority to request recognition of their not-for-profit status before they apply for a licence.

Applicants will need to provide the following information to assist the Authority in assessing whether they will be providing services on a not-for-profit basis:

The Authority will contact the applicant to inform them whether it is satisfied that they will provide services on a not-for-profit basis. If satisfied, the applicant will be able to apply for a licence online without submitting the otherwise required fee and levy.

Once the applicant has completed the online application form up to the point where they are asked for the fee, they must call the Authority and provide the reference number given to them when their not-for-profit status was approved, to be permitted to submit the online application without paying the fee.

The Authority will assess the licence application in the same manner and according to the same competency standards as a fee-paying applicant.

Renewal of not-for-profit status

Advisers who wish to have their not-for-profit status recognised for renewal purposes must provide the information required below two months prior to their licence expiry date to ensure that they can apply to renew their licence without paying the fee prior to their licence expiry date.

Advisers who work or volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation

Not-for-profit advisers who work or volunteer for the same not-for-profit organisation should provide the following evidence to the Authority two months before they apply to renew their licence:

The Authority will contact the applicant to inform them whether it is satisfied that they will provide services on a not-for-profit basis. If satisfied, the applicant will be able to apply for a licence online without submitting the otherwise required fee and levy.

Once the applicant has completed the online application form up to the point where they are asked for the fee, they must call the Authority and provide the reference number given to them when their not-for-profit status was approved, to be permitted to submit the online application without paying the fee.

Advisers who work or volunteer in an individual capacity

Not-for-profit advisers who continue to work or volunteer in an individual capacity should provide the following evidence to the Authority two months before they apply to renew their licence:

The Authority will contact the applicant to inform them whether it is satisfied that they will provide services on a not-for-profit basis. If satisfied, the applicant will be able to apply for a licence online without submitting the otherwise required fee and levy.

Once the applicant has completed the online application form up to the point where they are asked for the fee, they must call the Authority and provide the reference number given to them when their not-for-profit status was approved, to be permitted to submit the online application without paying the fee.

Changes to not-for-profit status

If an adviser’s circumstances change, they must contact the Authority immediately in writing as per section 26 of the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007. Advisers who do not maintain their not-for-profit status must immediately pay the licence application fee that would otherwise have been payable and the immigration adviser’s levy that is in proportion to the unexpired term of the licence the adviser currently holds.