How to apply

Immigration and Asylum Accreditation logoOur Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation is a recognised quality standard for practitioners providing advice under a legal aid contract.

To apply for accreditation, you’ll need to:

  • meet the eligibility requirements
  • submit a detailed application
  • pass the relevant examination

Step 1: Read the guidance

Before you begin your application, you must read the:

Step 2: Complete the mandatory examination

Before you apply for each stage of the accreditation, you must complete and pass the mandatory relevant examination. The examination will be administered by the Law Society.

Registration for the exam costs £51. The fee payable for each examination is set out below:

Trainee casework assistant £180 (excluding VAT)
Casework assistant £420 (excluding VAT)
Senior caseworker £474 (excluding VAT)
Supervising senior caseworker £420 (excluding VAT)

The format for each examination is as follows:

  • trainee casework assistant applicants must complete a multiple choice test
  • casework assistant and senior caseworker applicants must complete a written assessment
  • supervising senior caseworker applicants must complete a timed assessment

Registration will open shortly. 

To register your interest and receive email updates on the examinations, email your name, contact details and chosen examination to

Step 3: Complete the application form

Once you’ve passed the relevant examination, complete the accreditation application form (Word 477 KB).

Step 4: Submit your application

Your completed application is made up of:

  • your application form
  • confirmation of successfully passing the relevant examination

Do not send files larger than 18 MB. If necessary, send your supporting documents in separate emails.

Submit your application by email

Step 5: Pay the application fee

We’ll send you an invoice when we receive your application.

The initial application fee depends on which stage you’re applying for.

Read about the cost of the Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation

Step 6: Accreditation

Our accreditation team will review and assess your application.

We’ll let you know the outcome of your application once we’ve received your payment.

The accreditation process takes around six to eight weeks. It can take longer if we receive high volumes of applications or if you do not give us all the information we need.


If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll refund your membership fee.

You may appeal against our decision.

Read our appeals policy

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process, contact our accreditations team.

Call: 020 7320 5797


Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

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