Immigration Services Commissioner

Body: Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Regulation
Location: Central London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £66,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 3 days per week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

John Tuckett has been appointed as the Immigration Services Commissioner, responsible for regulating immigration advisers and services across the UK.
Currently Chief Executive of the Marine Management Organisation, John will lead the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to protect people from illegal immigration advice, set clear standards for the sector and reduce abuse.
He will take up the role in summer 2019 and remain in post for the next five years.
Immigration Services Commissioner John Tuckett said:
We have a duty to improve the quality of immigration advice and I want to ensure that people feel confident with the services they receive.
I am delighted to take on this new role and intend to do all I can to stop illegal immigration advice and promote good practice.
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said:
Our immigration system is fundamental to the UK’s success and it is important that we make sure people are not given illegal and false immigration advice.
The commissioner plays a key role in setting strong industry standards and I look forward to working with John to build confidence in the UK’s immigration system.
The OISC is a public body established by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and is independent of government, allowing it to challenge processes and regulations to improve the system. Where individuals and organisations have acted illegally, the OISC has the power to prosecute.
To help the public make informed choices, the OISC publishes a list of competent organisations and individual advisers who have been through a rigorous process of assessment. There is also a robust complaints procedure so people can report those who they feel have given inappropriate immigration advice.

Date: 03/05/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    03/05/2019 at 13:00

An announcement will be made following Security Clearance of the successful candidate


Assessment Panel

  • Dr Hilary Emery Added 22/10/2018

    Panel Chair

    Independent Panel Chair and Board Director, Eynsham Partnership Academy Trust of schools, Norham Fellow, Oxford University Department of Education

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  • Simon Bond Added 22/10/2018

    Director, Border Immigration and Citizenship Systems Strategy, Home Office • Departmental Official

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  • David Bolt Added 22/10/2018

    Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to become the new Commissioner of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). The OISC is an independent executive non-departmental public body with approximately 60 staff. The Commissioner is the head of the organisation and is appointed by the Home Secretary.

The role of the OISC is to regulate individuals or organisations who provide immigration advice to members of the public and who are not practising lawyers and are therefore not regulated by another body. The primary way in which the OISC performs this function is by ensuring that these immigration advisers are registered with them and that action is taken against those who provide advice or services without being registered. The regulatory scheme applies to over 1500 organisations and over 3000 immigration advisers.

The Commissioner is responsible for promoting the good practice of those who provide immigration advice and/or services and has powers to prosecute any individual or organisation found to be operating illegally. The Commissioner is responsible, as the OISC’s Accounting Officer, for the overall governance, management and financial performance of the OISC, as well as taking forward strategic aims and objectives determined by the Home Secretary. You will be supported in your role by a Deputy Commissioner.

This is a crucial public service role, and the new Commissioner will be responsible for delivering a comprehensive programme of reforms, including those set out in the published OISC Triennial Review. We are seeking candidates with experience of leading and raising the public profile of an organisation, with the ability to drive and deliver a culture that emphasises continuous improvement and efficiency, as well as an ability to consistently deliver excellent performance outcomes within a changing operational environment. The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills; working effectively both with OISC staff and other key stakeholders, including Ministers and senior Government officials.

Person Specification


Skills and Experience

• Experience of leading an organisation, operating at Board level or equivalent, with associated financial and people management skills.

• Consistent delivery of excellent performance outcomes within a changing operational environment.

• An ability to evaluate options, impacts, risks and solutions to provide a sound strategic direction for an organisation.

• Experience of delivering transformation within a public sector organisation.

• An ability to build strong and effective working relationships with external stakeholders, displaying sensitivity to their views and an ability to handle conflict diplomatically.

• Experience of delivering a culture that emphasises organisational development, efficiency and value for money.

• The ability to work well with and keep the confidence of key stakeholders, including Ministers and senior Government officials.


You should also be able to demonstrate:

• experience of working within a given statutory framework, and the ability to set the direction for the enforcement processes required to support a regulatory system;

• excellent interpersonal skills, having the ability to work effectively both with staff within the organisation and with external stakeholders;

• decisiveness and independence;

• that you can tackle issues and challenge assumptions at the highest levels with delivery partners, stakeholders and clients in an assertive yet constructive way;

• a strong track record of driving and delivering organisational reform and transformation; and

• the ability to raise the public profile of an organisation.

As a holder of a public office the Commissioner is expected to follow the Seven Principles of Public Life, as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life, at Annex A in the candidate pack.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-6 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks

How to Apply

Please send your completed application comprising CV, supporting statement, and Annex B supporting documents form to: by the closing date.

181017 - Immigration Services Commissioner - Candidate Pack - Final
Annex B - OISC Supporting Documentation 2018
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