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Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

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7(1)This paragraph applies if—

(a)the Commissioner is investigating a complaint under the complaints scheme;

(b)the complaint falls within paragraph 5(3)(a), (b) or (d); and

(c)there are reasonable grounds for believing that particular premises are being used in connection with the provision of immigration advice or immigration services by a registered person.

(2)The Commissioner, or a member of his staff authorised in writing by him, may enter the premises at reasonable hours.

(3)Sub-paragraph (2) does not apply to premises to the extent to which they constitute a private residence.

(4)A person exercising the power given by sub-paragraph (2) (“the investigating officer”) may—

(a)take with him such equipment as appears to him to be necessary;

(b)require any person on the premises—

(i)to produce any document which he considers relates to any matter relevant to the investigation; and

(ii)if the document is produced, to provide an explanation of it;

(c)require any person to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where any such document is to be found;

(d)take copies of, or extracts from, any document which is produced;

(e)require any information which is held in a computer and is accessible from the premises and which the investigating officer considers relates to any matter relevant to the investigation, to be produced in a form—

(i)in which it can be taken away; and

(ii)in which it is visible and legible.

(5)Instead of exercising the power under sub-paragraph (2), the Commissioner may require such person as he may determine (“his agent”) to make a report on the provision of immigration advice or immigration services from the premises.

(6)If the Commissioner so determines, his agent may exercise the power conferred by sub-paragraph (2) as if he were a member of the Commissioner’s staff appropriately authorised.

(7)If a registered person fails without reasonable excuse to allow access under sub-paragraph (2) or (6) to any premises under his occupation or control, the Commissioner may cancel his registration.

(8)The Commissioner may also cancel the registration of a registered person who—

(a)without reasonable excuse fails to comply with a requirement imposed on him under sub-paragraph (4);

(b)intentionally delays or obstructs any person exercising functions under this paragraph; or

(c)fails to take reasonable steps to prevent an employee of his from obstructing any person exercising such functions.

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