In these situations, your agency needs to seek recognition for itself and accreditation for its non-attorney staff. 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 and the immigration courts. The rules governing recognition and accreditation can be found at 8 CFR Section 1292.
This toolkit is designed to educate agencies on the need for DOJ recognition and accreditation and to assist them in the application process.
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