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:

You must also read the Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation:

Step 2: Complete the mandatory exam

Before you apply for each stage of the accreditation, you must complete and pass the relevant mandatory exam. The exams are administered by the Law Society.

Bookings are now open.

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Exam dates

Dates may be cancelled or postponed in the event of insufficient demand or events outside our control.

The trainee casework assistant exam will be available on-demand from 13 September 2021.

This means that you can sit the exam at a date and time that is convenient for you.

From 13 September 2021 at 10am, you can log onto our Law Society Learning platform to purchase the exam.

You can then access the exam in your My Learning section and take the examination when you are ready. Once you start the exam, you'll have 90 minutes to complete it and you must complete it in one sitting.

What happens if I pass?

If you pass the exam, you will be able to download a certificate immediately. You'll then need to submit an application for accreditation in the usual way.

What if I do not pass?

If you're not successful in passing the examination, you'll need to email Learning@lawsociety.org.uk so we can amend your account and enable you to repurchase the exam and have another attempt.

If your first attempt is unsuccessful, you may attempt the exam for a second time after five working days. However, if your second attempt is also unsuccessful, you must wait at least two months before making any subsequent attempts.

To summarise, the timings for resitting the exam are set out below:

Attempt number When examination can be taken
One

On demand at your time of convenience

Two

No earlier than five working days after your first attempt

Three and above

No earlier than two calendar months after your previous attempt

Exam dates Proposed dates for results
20 September 2021 18 October 2021
3 December 2021 24 January 2022
21 March 2022 19 April 2022
20 June 2022 18 July 2022

Exam dates Proposed dates for results
29 September 2021 29 October 2021
8 December 2021 31 January 2022
30 March 2022 3 May 2022
29 June 2022 29 July 2022

Read our re-accreditation requirements for senior caseworkers

Exam dates Proposed dates for results
27 September 2021 25 October 2021
6 December 2021 25 January 2022
28 March 2022 26 April 2022
27 June 2022 25 July 2022

Read our re-accreditation requirements for senior caseworkers

You should sit the exam for the next stage accreditation before your existing accreditation expires. However, as an interim measure, you'll retain your accreditation as long as you sit the exam on the first date that the exam is available after your existing accreditation expires, unless you fail the exam.

Fees

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

Examination  Exam dates Fee
Trainee casework assistant  13 September 2021 at 1pm £180 (excluding VAT)
Casework assistant  20 September 2021 at 1pm £420 (excluding VAT)
Senior caseworker  29 September 2021 at 1pm £474 (excluding VAT)
Supervising senior caseworker  27 September 2021 at 1pm £420 (excluding VAT)

The registration and exam fees are payable when booking your exam.

Exam format

The format for each exam 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

Step 3: Complete the application form

Once you’ve passed the relevant exam, 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 exam

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.

Appeals

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

Email: accreditation@lawsociety.org.uk

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