What is the Recognition & Accreditation Program?

The Executive Office for Immigration Review has implemented a program known as the Recognition and Accreditation Program that aims to assist those who have to go before the Department of Homeland Security for immigration matters.

These individuals can be represented by a certified non-lawyer who represents them in a hearing on behalf of an organization. The two types of accreditation include partial and full. Partial accredited representatives are only permitted to represent noncitizen immigrants in front of the Department of Homeland Security, while those who are fully accredited can represent noncitizen individuals before not only the Department of Homeland Security, but also the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

In order for an organization to be considered to have non-attorney representatives assist noncitizens in hearings, the organization must be able to prove that it has federal tax-exempt status, serves low-income individuals, have at least one volunteer or employee approved as a representative, have experience with immigration law and related proceedings, and have an authorized officer who will act on their behalf.

It is important that noncitizens who have been called before the Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or the Board of Immigration Appeals have appropriate representation. If you need assistance, contact an experienced immigration attorney to discuss the circumstances surrounding your situation and help you work towards a favorable outcome.

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.

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