Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
February 9, 2001
Practitioners Reminded to Use Revised Forms EOIR-27 and EOIR-28
When Filing Notices to Appear before the Board of Immigration Appeals
and Immigration Court
FALLS CHURCH, VA – EOIR announced the requirements for using the revised forms in a news release and fact sheet dated June 27, 2000, on the amended Rules of Professional Conduct for Immigration Practitioners. The fact sheet advised practitioners to start using the revised forms immediately and noted that old forms would not be accepted after January 1, 2001. Both the news release and fact sheet are posted on EOIR's Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/press/press.htm. The revised forms are also available on EOIR's Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/formslist.htm as well as from the Clerk's Office at the Board and any Immigration Court.
Practitioners representing matters before the Board must file the revised form EOIR-27, NOTICE OF ENTRY OF APPEARANCE AS ATTORNEY OR REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS. Practitioners representing matters before an Immigration Court must file the revised form EOIR-28, NOTICE OF ENTRY OF APPEARANCE AS ATTORNEY OR REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE THE IMMIGRATION COURT.
Each of these forms is necessary to determine whether or not a practitioner is authorized under the regulations to represent aliens before the respective tribunals; to provide the represented alien an opportunity to expressly consent to the practitioner's representation and to the release of EOIR records to the practitioner where required by law; and to formally notify the INS and EOIR of such representation. It also provides information regarding appearances and representation before the Board and the court, including the manner in which a practitioner may properly withdraw from a proceeding.
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The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals interpret and adjudicate immigration cases according to United States immigration laws. EOIR's immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration courts located throughout the nation. They determine whether foreign-born individuals—whom the Department of Homeland Security charges with violating immigration law—should be ordered removed from the United States or should be granted relief from removal and be permitted to remain in this country. The Board of Immigration Appeals primarily reviews appeals of decisions by immigration judges. EOIR's Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to ensuring fairness in all of the cases it adjudicates.