Slough Immigration Aid Unit
52 Chalvey High Street
Tel: 01753 246 730
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Monday - Thursday
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
OISC is responsible for regulating immigration advisers by ensuring they are competent and will act in the best interest of their clients.
OSIC Registration number: F200500137
Charity Registration number: 1064293
Shabana Bokhari is a Level 3 OISC regulated adviser so is able to represent immigration clients before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, as well as to the immigration authorities. She has worked at SIAU since January 2018, and previously with many different immigration firms and consultants since 2010, most recently with Newland Chase. She has extensive experience of all aspects of immigration and nationality law and wants to increase her experience of advocacy before the Tribunals. Shabana works at SIAU one day a week only. She says, ‘I am enthusiastic, reliable and have superb communication skills. I am adaptable, enjoy challenges, work great in a team but also work well autonomously. I work well under pressure as I have great experience working in fast paced environments and have also developed great client facing skills.’ Shabana speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi, has an LLB from the University of East London and has worked towards an LLM in human rights.
Parveen Akhter is a Level 2 OISC regulated adviser, who had worked at Hudson Legal for over 13 years before joining SIAU in January to April 2018, and then returning here in September 2019. She has many years’ experience in dealing with immigration, asylum, discretionary leave, nationality and European applications and works closely with clients to put their cases to the immigration authorities and support them through the process. Parveen works four days a week with SIAU. Parveen says, ‘I am able to hold my ground in a highly pressurised situation and calm the nerves of my clients with a professional and informed manner. Hence, I am not fazed by varying immigration enquiries/developments as they present themselves.’ Outside work, Parveen is interested in growing her own and her family’s food, reflexology and reading.
Geoff Cutting is an honorary consultant for SIAU. He is a Level 3 OISC regulated adviser who worked part-time at SIAU from 2009 to 2017. He and Nisar Rehman, who had worked with SIAU for 11 years, set up their own business, RC Immigration Services, and both left SIAU in 2017. Geoff has worked in immigration and asylum law since 2000, first at Trott & Gentry, solicitors, in London and then at SIAU. Geoff has a degree in law and a legal practice diploma and enjoys representing people's cases before the Tribunal. He has experience in all aspects of UK immigration law, in particular to do with family reunion, marriage and partnerships and children. He has particular specialist knowledge and expertise in European migration law and the EU Settlement Scheme.
Sue Shutter is the Chair of Trustees. She is a Level 2 OISC regulated adviser who regularly volunteers at SIAU, and is also a trustee at the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens. She worked part-time for the previous Member of Parliament for Slough, doing constituency immigration casework, and before that worked at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants for 22 years. She wrote the first three editions of the JCWI Immigration, nationality and refugee law handbook and is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.
Parvinder Matharu runs Sewak Housing Services Ltd, accommodating homeless young people and running a women's refuge, mainly supporting Asian and other BAMER women who experience domestic abuse, where many also need immigration advice and help. She previously managed Kinara local Asian women's refuge, which often accommodated and supported women without secure immigration status and worked closely with SIAU.
Mai Knibbs is a solicitor, a counsellor, a dyslexia therapist, a Reiki practitioner, Alexander Technique tutor and a retired teacher. She is a Quaker with a Catholic interfaith background. Since student days, she has supported local and national initiatives for peace, justice and understanding.
Ray Barkley worked for Mars for many years; he is now the secretary of the Slough branch of UNITE the Union, and active in Slough Trades Council and the Berkshire Credit Union. He is also a trustee of Slough Refugee Support and the chair of trustees of Slough Labour Memorial Hall.
Nisar Rehman was involved in setting up SIAU in 2006 and worked here most of the time for the next 11 years. He and Geoff Cutting now have their own immigration consultancy. He has always remained supportive of SIAU and agreed to become a trustee in January 2021.