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Chapter 2 - Appearances Before the Immigration Court

2.7 - Immigration Specialists/Consultants

Immigration specialists/consultants—who include visa consultants and “notarios”—are not practitioners and are not authorized to practice law or to appear before the immigration court.  They do not qualify either as accredited representatives or “reputable individuals” under the regulations.  See Chapters 2.4 (Accredited Representatives and Recognized Organizations), 2.9(a) (Reputable Individuals).  These individuals may be violating the law by practicing law without a license.   

          Anyone, including members of the public, may report instances of suspected misconduct by immigration specialists/consultants to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program.  See Additional Reference Materials, Chapter 8 (Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program).