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  • Important - changes to the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation from September 2018

    Please note the changes to the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation. These will take effect from 1 September 2018. These are significant changes that will effect terminology, the time that members can remain at each stage of accreditation and the work they can perform at each stage.

    View the changes to the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation.

    What is the Immigration and Asylum law accreditation?

    The immigration and asylum law accreditation provides recognised quality standards for asylum practitioners. It is designed to cover all aspects of asylum law. Accreditation covers all practitioners providing advice under a legal aid contract and can be used as a quality mark for privately funded work.

    Members will have shown that they have achieved the required level of competence and knowledge in this area of law as defined by the Society.

    Who is membership for?

    The accreditation is designed for practitioners with differing levels of experience of immigration and asylum practice:

    • solicitors or FILEX who hold a practising certificate, normally free of conditions
    • barristers in independent practice
    • non-solicitors employed in a practice or an organisation that is regulated by the OISC or SRA

    And who are able to demonstrate awareness and knowledge of asylum law at several levels:

    List of Immigration and Asylum members (PDF 1mb).

    What are the benefits of accreditation?

    • It provides assessment against an accreditation recognised by the Legal Aid Agency to enable you to undertake publicly funded asylum advice
    • It show you maintain relevant standards of competency and expertise in the field through re-accreditation
    • It demonstrates your conformity to a best-practice quality mark that prospective clients can trust
    • It ensures that clients can confidently select a qualified professional with proven competency in giving Asylum advice

    How do I apply for accreditation?

    See Immigration and Asylum accreditation - how to apply for details.

    How do I apply for re-accreditation?

    See Immigration and Asylum re-accreditation for details.

    Contact us

    If you have any questions or feedback, please email the accreditation office or call 020 7320 5797.

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  • Further help or support

    If you need any further guidance or support, please contact the Accreditation Unit on:

    Telephone: 0207 320 5797 (lines are open 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday)
    Email: accreditation@ lawsociety.org.uk