Legal Aid Services

Our experienced lawyers offer high-quality legal aid services

The Immigration Advice Service (IAS) conducts both private and publicly funded work. We are an approved legal aid service provider and have been awarded the Legal Aid Agency Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) for our work.

Many of our Legal Aid immigration specialists are qualified solicitors and immigration solicitors. At IAS we provide all our clients with the most comprehensive, highest-quality Legal Aid there is to offer.

Our Legal Aid services will be tailored to you. We will focus on your specific issues and we will solve them in the most effective, efficient and comprehensible way possible. Speak with one of the experienced immigration lawyers at IAS to find out more about our Legal Aid services.


Do I qualify for legal aid?

Whilst under the new rules (April 2013) there has been a reduction in the types of immigration and asylum cases eligible for Legal Aid. As a general rule, the following matters will qualify for some advice, assistance and/or representation:

  • Detention & Bail cases;
  • Applications for Leave to Remain under the domestic violence rule;
  • Applications for leave by those identified as victims of trafficking;
  • Proceedings before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. This includes deportation and deprivation of citizenship cases where information is to be kept confidential for reasons of national security;
  • Many asylum cases & appeals;
  • Applications for Leave to Remain or settlement as a refugee with humanitarian protection/discretionary leave under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, ie: freedom from torture or inhuman and degrading treatment;
  • Some Judicial Review Applications, in limited circumstances.

Who doesn’t qualify for Legal Aid?

Unfortunately, most mainstream non-asylum immigration cases are no longer eligible for Legal Aid.

This includes Entry Clearance Visas eg, for a spouse/partner or family member.

It also includes applications made under Article 8 of the ECHR (right to a family or private life).

How can IAS help?

If you are unsure whether you qualify for publicly funded immigration assistance then contact the team at IAS to speak to one of our Legal Aid specialists, many of whom are immigration solicitors.

Even if you are not eligible for Legal Aid, our specialist immigration lawyers can advise, assist and represent you at very competitive rates. One of our experienced lawyers can spend time assessing your case to see if you are eligible for Legal Aid or an alternative. They will:

  • communicate with the Home Office and other appropriate authorities;
  • arrange bail if necessary;
  • organise family visitations where appropriate;
  • assess your best options according to the details of your individual case;
  • represent you at a Tribunal or hearing, should this be necessary.

Our packages

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals


Application Package

Designed to make your visa application as successful, smooth and stress-free as possible


Fast Track Package

Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline


Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals


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Case studies

We are proud to have changed lives for the better. Here are some of their stories:

Marta: EEA PR

Marta is a Polish national who arrived in the UK to study four years ago and came close to fulfilling the requirements for Permanent Residency. However, she was unaware of… Read More

Moving a business to the UK

Gabrielle owned a successful business in Canada and she wanted to expand her business in the UK. She was able to focus on the business side of her expansion as… Read More

Melissa’s Daughter’s British Citizenship

Melissa and her child are Filipino nationals who came to the UK to join Melissa’s husband.
Complications with their initial application and insufficient information being provided resulted in her child’s… Read More

Yuma: Tier 4 Student Visa

Yuma, a Japanese National, was accepted as a student in her chosen UK university. She was unclear of the process of coming over to the UK so she contacted IAS… Read More

Anna: Tier 2 Work Visa

Anna, a Russian National, was promoted in a global company and it required her and her family to relocate to the UK.
However, under UK immigration rules, Anna needed a Tier… Read More

Priyanka: Family Visa

Priyanka was an Indian National who wanted to visit her daughter, of whom she had had very little contact with, in the UK.
However, she was unsure of what the… Read More

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