The spice restaurant industry has over the years had a lot of problems getting good quality advice from regulated immigration lawyers. Sometimes businesses fall foul of unscrupulous people who are not qualified solicitors and they provide incorrect information and place clients in vulnerable situations.
It was, therefore, welcome to see that Yasser Mahmood of Manchester has been found guilty in the Crown Court of four counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and immigration services.
Contrary to Section 91 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Mahmood carried out this work from October 2016 to February 2018 from offices in Cheetham Hill Road, against the ruling of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) who had canceled his registration.
Specifically, he gave immigration advice about visa and entry clearance applications when not qualified to do so and corresponded on behalf of others with the Home Office, again when he was not qualified to do so. Mahmood will be sentenced at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court in June, following pre-sentence reports.