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Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS) re-accreditation training

Course Description


  • 4.5 hours
  • Intermediate
How confident are you in identifying the modern slavery elements of an asylum claim? Are you clear about how to handle nationality disputes? Could you do with support in preparing further submissions?

By completing this course, you’ll gain up-to-date support in key areas of asylum and immigration practice, with a particular focus on common practitioner needs and challenges.

This course builds on the knowledge required for the Senior Caseworker accreditation. In easy-to-understand 30-minute modules, you’ll cover everything you need to support your IAAS re-accreditation.

Learning outcomes

By taking this course, Senior Caseworkers will build on the knowledge required for initial accreditation, developing their expertise in the key areas of immigration and asylum work that can be conducted under an LAA contract, including:

  • protection appeals
  • judicial review
  • domestic violence
  • human trafficking and modern slavery
  • detention and bail
  • deportation

They will also gain an understanding of:

  • best practice in asylum work,
  • public funding, and
  • professional conduct and the issues practitioners are most likely to encounter during immigration matters.

What this will cover

This course consists of nine modules.

1. Asylum Best Practice (by Annette Elder and Gabriella Bettiga)
2. Protection Appeals (by Trevor Hatton and Gabriella Bettiga)
3. Judicial Review (by Trevor Hatton and Zofia Duszynska)
4. Public Funding (by Gabriella Bettiga)
5. Domestic Violence (by Clare Hurst)
6. Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (by Julian Bild and Carita Thomas)
7. Detention and Bail (by Simran Dipnarain and Zofia Duszynska)
8. Deportation (by Stuart Turnock and Nicola Burgess)
9. Professional Conduct (by Annette Elder)

Module 1: Asylum Best Practice


This module supports practitioners to achieve best practice by looking at what can be done to ‘add value’ to the claim, various complex issues in asylum practice, the asylum statement, analysing previous tribunal decisions and new evidence, guidance on further submissions and managing further submission appeals.

Module 2: Protection Appeals


This module covers some of the key aspects of working on protection appeals, including what to focus on when preparing an appeal, the issues that may arise when presenting an appeal in the First-tier Tribunal, applying for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal, and the impact of digitalisation of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Module 3: Judicial Review


This module examines the procedures and legislation relevant to matters susceptible to judicial review, including the removals process, potential challenges to the lawfulness of removals and detention, applying for interim relief, and the procedural rules and case law applying to Cart JRs.

Module 4: Public Funding


This module covers what matters are in scope for legal aid, fixed fee and hourly rate cases, means and merits tests, an overview of exceptional case funding, and available funding for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal, investigative representation applications and applying for judicial review.

Module 5: Domestic Violence


This module provides an overview of domestic violence / domestic abuse in an immigration context, and where such an application would be permitted and appropriate. It also looks at the practicalities of producing a valid and credible application, including the evidential burden on applicants and what options are available should the Home Office refuse the application.

Module 6: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery


This module supports practitioners in a broad range of topics relating to human trafficking and modern slavery, including how to identify the trafficking / modern slavery elements of an immigration case, seeking discretionary leave, risk on return to the country of origin, the core components of a successful claim, drafting client statements, expert evidence and NRM decisions.

Module 7: Detention and Bail


This module provides an overview of three detention regimes (short-term holding facilities, immigration removal centres, and prisons), and looks at advising clients on the basis and lawfulness of their detention, identifying clients unsuitable for detention, and representing detained clients in their asylum claims and applications for immigration bail.

Module 8: Deportation


This module looks at the law which applies when the state wishes to deport a person who is not a British citizen. It examines the regimes that apply to non-EEA deportations and EEA deportations under the ‘pre-Brexit’ legislation (which will continue to apply to a large number of cases for a significant period). It also covers recent developments in the law relating to revocation of deportation orders.

Module 9: Professional Conduct


All practitioners must ensure their professional conduct meets the standards set out in the relevant regulations and legislation. This module provides an overview of certain key aspects of professional conduct, focusing on the issues that practitioners are most likely to encounter during immigration matters.

Accreditation assessment (complete modules to unlock)


The accreditation assessment consists of 20 multiple choice questions. In order to pass the assessment you must achieve a mark of 80%. 

You have 2 attempts to pass the assessment. Your result will be immediately available on completion of the assessment. You must pass the accreditation assessment prior to submitting your application form for re-accreditation. The re-accreditation application form and process can be found on the website.