EOIR R&A: The New Rule on Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives
Due to circumstances beyond our control, CLINIC’s webinar with EOIR/OLAP on the new Recognition and Accreditation regulations, scheduled for Jan. 11, is indefinitely postponed. We will host a similar webinar at a later date.
In the meantime, please make use of resources in CLINIC’s Recognition and Accreditation Toolkit to to learn about the new regulations. Items at the top of the toolkit and highlighted below provide the most current information. CLINIC affiliates are welcome to contact their Field Support Coordinator for a consultation on changes and how to prepare applications, both new ones and renewals.
Please make note of the two surveys in the toolkit. One allows you to pose questions through CLINIC to EOIR/OLAP on the new regulations. The other is a way to inform us about your working relationship with your local USCIS district office. Information from the surveys will help CLINIC in our advocacy efforts.
CLINIC resources on changes to recognition and accreditation:
Press release: CLINIC welcomes change to immigration R&A program (dated Dec. 16, 2016)
Webinar recordings: New, Final Rule to Recognition and Accreditation, Part 1 and Part 2 (dated Dec. 20, 2016)
Survey: Initial Thoughts on the New Rule. We want to hear from you about what key areas of the new rule are clear and what areas require greater clarity.
The new R&A rule will also require USCIS updates. Complete this quick survey to help us better understand the role that USCIS' District Offices currently play in your R&A process.
Original Description of Webinar
The Department of Justice’s new rule, Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives goes into effect on January 18, 2016. The new rule makes substantial changes to the Recognition and Accreditation program, which includes transfer of administration to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP), removing the nominal fee requirement, requiring renewal of recognition, and a new character and fitness requirement for accredited representatives. Join Steve Lang, Program Director, OLAP and Peggy Gleason, Assistant Program Director, OLAP, USDOJ-EOIR along with CLINIC staff for an overview of the new rule and requirements. The webinar will also feature a question and answer session. To submit questions in advance, please email CLINIC’s Advocacy team by January 4, 2017. This webinar is free and open to the public.