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Housing association trains staff to give immigration advice

31 August, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Arhag’s Abeer Suleiman completed training so she can better assist migrants

A HOUSING association thinks it is the first in the country to train its staff to give immigration advice.

Tenancy officer Abeer Suleiman, from the Arhag Housing Association in Kentish Town, has recently completed a course to prepare for immigration advice accreditation from the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Once qualified, she will be the first staff member at Arhag able to provide such advice.

She said: “I have been learning to navigate my way around the forms that have to be filled in for particular cases, such as further leave to remain. “I can already see it is going to be a great help when I am helping our residents.”

Arhag was founded in 1979 as a campaigning organisation for African migrants and refugees. It is now a housing provider in 14 boroughs.

Arhag chief executive Cedric Boston said: “As far as I know, we are the first housing association to offer this training to staff. “It is an important step towards increasing our offering to the migrant and refugee community we are serving.”

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