BIA Recognition & Accreditation Toolkit
Does your nonprofit agency want to develop a legal immigration program, but lack attorneys on staff or the money to hire them?
Does your nonprofit agency want to continue providing legal immigration services, but avoid engaging in the unauthorized practice of law?
Does your nonprofit agency have immigration attorneys on staff, but want to expand its capacity by getting authorization for non-attorney staff to practice immigration law?
In these situations, your agency needs to seek recognition for itself and accreditation for its non-attorney staff from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). BIA recognition and accreditation is the Department of Justice’s certification of charitable immigration agencies and staff, and allows non-attorney staff to practice immigration law before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the immigration courts. The rules governing recognition and accreditation can be found at 8 CFR Section 292.2.
This toolkit is designed to educate agencies on the need for BIA recognition and accreditation and to assist them in the application process.
This section provides background information about the importance of BIA recognition and accreditation.
Preparing to Apply
This section takes you through the steps needed to prepare for and compile the application.
Practicing Immigration Law
This section provides guidelines on the professional code of conduct for BIA accredited representatives and information on how to protect your agency from liability.
This section focuses on the widespread problem of immigration fraud and provides resources for educating the immigrant community.