Important Notice - New Final Rule for Recognition and Accreditation

The Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has finalized its new rule for recognition of nonprofit organizations and accreditation for non-attorney staff serving as legal representatives in immigration proceedings. This rule is effective on January 18, 2017.

The rule amends the regulations governing the requirements and procedures for authorizing representatives of non-profit religious, charitable, social service or similar organizations to represent persons in proceedings before EOIR and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The rule also amends the regulations concerning EOIR’s disciplinary procedures.

CLINIC will be providing training, resources and technical assistance to assist current and future nonprofits seeking initial and renewal recognition and staff/volunteer accreditation under the new rule. For more information about the final rule for recognition and accreditation please visit this site and return frequently for updates as more information from the federal government is included. The following links will be helpful to you now as we learn details about the final rule.

If you are a CLINIC affiliate, we encourage you to contact your Field Support Coordinator with questions and requests for assistance.


When You Will Be Due for Initial Recognition Renewal

Organizations that were recognized prior to Jan. 18, 2017 (the effective date of the new rule) must renew their agency recognition based on the following schedule:

Recognition Status Must Apply for Renewal
No accredited representative on staff On or before 1/17/18 (1 year after the new rule)
Was granted recognition more than 10 years ago On or before 1/17/19 (2 years after the new rule)
Was granted recognition less than 10 years ago On or before 1/17/20 (3 years after the new rule)

At the time of renewal, the organization must submit an annual summary of immigration legal services provided from January 18, 2017 to the date of the renewal. The organization also must submit its fee schedules from Jan. 18, 2017 to the date of the renewal. 

After renewal, agency recognition is valid for six years.