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Chapter 12 – Representation

12.3 – Recognition & Accreditation (R&A) Program

Federal regulations at 8 C.F.R. § 1292.11-.20 allow non-attorney “Accredited Representatives” to represent noncitizens before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and EOIR, which includes the immigration courts and the BIA.  These representatives are accredited through the Recognition and Accreditation (R&A) Program, which aims to increase the availability of competent immigration legal representation for low-income and indigent persons, thereby promoting the effective and efficient administration of justice.  Accredited Representatives may only provide immigration legal services through Recognized Organizations.  Only non-profit, federally tax-exempt entities may apply to be recognized.

For further information, including procedures to apply for or renew recognition (Form EOIR-31) or accreditation (Form EOIR-31A), please visit the Recognition & Accreditation Program webpage or the Recognition & Accreditation Program’s Frequently Ask Questions webpage for more detailed guidance on the requirements and application processes for recognition and accreditation.  EOIR policy regarding pro bono representation is found in Director Memorandum 22-01, in Chapter 10 of the Additional Reference Materials.