Immigration Advisory Service - Deadline approaching to claim your files

The deadline is approaching if you were represented by the Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) and you want your documents returned to you.

The IAS provided immigration advice for people submitting applications to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) but went into administration in July 2011. All client files were archived at the time.

This archive of documents has now been opened and you have until 28 May 2012 to request the return of your documents. If you need any documents currently held by the IAS returned to you it is essential that you contact them before this date.

To claim your documents you should follow the instructions found on the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association website.

What happened to the IAS?

The Immigration Advisory Service, a charity providing legal advice and representation to immigrants and asylum seekers in England and Scotland entered into administration on 8 July 2011.

The registered charity closed after 35 years after the government removed legal aid for immigration and also reduced legal aid fees by 10% for refugees seeking asylum in the UK. Together these two cuts removed 60% of the IAS’s income.

The IAS stopped accepting new cases at the time and provided information on how the announcement would affect migrants using the service. We announced these details at the time in our news post - Immigration Advisory Service Enters Into Administration.

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