USCIS Interviews with BIA Accreditation Applicants Preceding BIA Decisions
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is seeking input from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) field officers on the qualifications of applicants for BIA accreditation, particularly first-time applicants. Nonprofit immigration programs recognized by the BIA and filing an employee or volunteer’s accreditation application should prepare the applicant in advance for an interview with a USCIS officer. Qualifications sought from the applicant in the interview address: broad knowledge of immigration law; access to legal supervision on-site and/or remotely; access to on-site and virtual legal resources; and good moral character. The BIA looks for USCIS to help it gather or verify information relevant to the applicant and the application. To date, a small number of applicants have been interviewed. Yet, CLINIC has some insight into the type of questions being asked of applicants. To better prepare applicants for the interview, CLINIC encourages applicants in its network to contact their Field Support Coordinator for a consultation.