New DOJ R&A
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.
- NEW Webinar Recording: Renewing DOJ Recognition and Accreditation Under the New Rule (dated 3/7/2018)
- NEW Webinar Recording: Applying for First-Time DOJ Recognition and Accreditation Under the New Rule (dated 2/28/2018)
- NEW Resource: Updated Step-by-Step Guide for Recognition and Accreditation by World Relief and CLINIC (last updated 10/2017)
- CLINIC 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)
- Final Rule: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review final rule in the Federal Register
- CLINIC Survey: Initial Thoughts on the New Rule. We wants to hear from you about what key areas of the new rule are clear and what areas require greater clarity: cliniclegal.org/toolkit/ra/survey.
- NEW Resource: New Recordkeeping Requirement
- 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: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRST7LK.
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.