Recognition & Accreditation (R&A) Program

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Accredited representatives may assist aliens in immigration proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), or both. All accredited representatives must be affiliated with an organization that is recognized. Organizations must apply for recognition as well as accreditation of their representatives. The rules for recognized organizations and accredited representatives, including the qualifications and application process, are currently found in the Code of Federal Regulations, 8 C.F.R. § 1292.1 – 1292.20

Note: Executive Office for Immigration Review Announces Final Rule on the Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives

On December 19, 2016, a new rule on the Recognition and Accreditation (R&A) Program was published in the Federal Register. 81 Fed. Reg. 92346 (Dec. 19, 2016).

The new rule went into effect on January 18, 2017, and it transferred authority for adjudication of R&A applications from the BIA to the Office of Legal Access Programs.

Applications Pending on January 18, 2017

The new rule impacts applications pending at the time of transition that have not yet been decided by the BIA, as well as governs future applications. Applications pending at the time of the rule’s effective date were transferred to the Office of Legal Access Programs for resolution, and if necessary, will be returned to applicants for further documentation or information in order to allow their proper adjudication under the new rule.

The regulation and the FAQs listed below describe the eligibility criteria and application process under the new rule.

Notice on Re-application for Currently Recognized Organizations

Currently recognized organizations should take note that they must apply under the standards of the new rule, on or before one, two or three years from the effective date, depending on the particular organization’s circumstances:

Recognized organizations lacking an accredited representative on the effective date (i.e. January 18, 2017) of this regulation must apply under the new rule within one year of the effective date (i.e. January 18, 2018);

Organizations that have been recognized for more than 10 years as of the effective date will need to apply under the new rule within two years of the effective date (i.e. January 18, 2019);

Organizations that have been recognized for less than 10 years as of the effective date will need to apply under the new rule within three years of the effective date (i.e. January 18, 2020)

Note: Once currently recognized organizations have re-applied successfully under the new rule, they will be recognized for a six year period, after which renewal will be required on or before the expiration of the six year period.

Accreditation of representatives in recognized organizations is valid for three years, and organizations must re-apply for their representative’s accreditation on or before the expiration date of accreditation. Currently accredited representatives must apply for renewal on or before expiration of the three year accreditation period.

The schedule for renewal of recognition and accreditation does not run concurrently. Rather, it depends when the expiration of each occurs.

This web page provides information on the R&A Program. Below you will find links to the regulation, Frequently Asked Questions, the rosters of recognized organizations and accredited representatives, the required Form EOIR-31 for recognition of organizations, the required Form EOIR-31A for accreditation of an organization's representatives, and the address for the R&A Program.

The R&A rosters provided on this page are maintained by the R&A Program. The rosters state whether an accredited representative may assist aliens in all proceedings (full accreditation) or only before DHS (partial accreditation).

EOIR has established a mandatory electronic registry, known as eRegistry, for attorneys and fully accredited representatives. All fully accredited representatives who wish to practice before the immigration courts and the BIA must complete the eRegistry process to appear before EOIR. Details on eRegistry are available at www.justice.gov/eoir/engage/eRegistration.htm.

R&A Links:

Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives, 81 Fed.Reg. 92346 (Dec. 19, 2016) effective January 18, 2017

Press Release (PDF)

Stakeholder Webinar on Rule Changes (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF)

Recognition and Accreditation Rosters

Form EOIR-31 (effective January 18, 2017) (PDF)

Form EOIR-31A (effective January 18, 2017) (PDF)

Email the R&A Program at R-A-Info@usdoj.gov

Mail:  R&A Coordinator
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Office of Legal Access Programs
5107 Leesburg Pike Suite 1900
Falls Church, Va. 22041

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Updated January 19, 2017