Recognition & Accreditation (R&A) Program

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Accredited representatives may assist aliens in immigration proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (Board), or before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or both. Some accredited representatives may assist aliens only before DHS. All accredited representatives must be designated by an organization that is recognized by the Board. Organizations must apply to the Board for recognition as well as accreditation of its representatives. The rules for qualifying organizations, requests for recognition, withdrawal of recognition, and accreditation of representatives can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations, 8 C.F.R. § 292.2 and § 1292.2.

This web page provides information on the Recognition & Accreditation (R&A) Program. Below you will find links to an overview of the process, Frequently Asked Questions, the rosters of recognized organizations and accredited representatives, and case law precedents on recognition and accreditation, the Form EOIR-31 for recognition of organizations, the Optional Form EOIR-31A for accreditation of an organization's representatives, and email address for the R&A Coordinator.

The R&A rosters provided on this page are maintained by the R&A Program Coordinator, and are updated weekly. Since changes may occur between weekly updates affecting the status of organizations and representatives, the most up-to-date information can be obtained by contacting the R&A Program Coordinator at (703) 305-9029. The rosters state whether an accredited representative may assist aliens in all proceedings (full accreditation) or only before Department of Homeland Security (partial accreditation).

EOIR has established a mandatory electronic registry, known as eRegistry, for attorneys and fully accredited representatives. Please be aware that all fully accredited representatives who wish to practice before the immigration courts and the BIA must complete the eRegistry process by Dec. 10, 2013. On that date, registration becomes a requirement to appear before EOIR. Complete details on eRegistry are available at

R&A Links:

Overview of the Recognition and Accreditation Process (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF)

Recognition and Accreditation Rosters

BIA Precedents on the R&A Program 

Form EOIR-31 (PDF)

Form EOIR-31A (PDF)

Email the R&A Coordinator

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Updated September 25, 2015