News Archive - January 2019

Unqualified UK Immigration Consultant Receives Suspended Sentence

29 Jan 2019 | Posted by Carl Thomas

During December, the Westminster Magistrates Court heard the case of UK immigration consultant Ms Namrata Thakkar, aged 37 years of age. Thakkar pleaded guilty to two counts of providing unregulated advice to those seeking immigration UK advice and UK visas between the 1st of January 2016 and the 18th of March 2017.

According to recent reports into the case, Namrata had been recruited by a UK immigration lawyer and consultancy team between May 2012 and January 2016. As a condition of her employment,

Thakkar was required to be regulated by the OISC,
so that she was able to provide advice on UK visas, indefinite leave to remain in the UK and other crucial matters regarding immigration into the UK.

However, when Thakkar's position within the consultancy firm was terminated, she continue to provide advice to those seeking a UK work permit, even though she was not qualified to provide this assistance.

The limited damage done by Thakkar's continued advice meant that she was not regarded with as much scorn by the legal officials as other false UK immigration consultants who continued to provide false advice regardless of the damage they were doing to their clients. Thakkar was sentenced to twelve weeks in prison, and she was suspended for a year, preventing her from providing any additional immigration help in that time.

Thakkar was also required to pay costs for prosecution, and victim surcharge. The District Judge said that he considers issues to do with the false provision of Immigration UK advice to be very serious.

The judge gave Thakkar credit for pleading guilty to her misdeeds, and also said that he was being lenient with her based on the fact that she had repaid the fees that she had charged to clients when she was no longer working as a UK immigration consultant.

Additionally, Thakkar was suffering from deteriorating health at the time of the case.