A DOJ-accredited representative working for a DOJ-recognized organization may represent you before USCIS. Some accredited representatives may also represent you before the Executive Immigration Review Board. Officials accredited by the Department of Justice are not lawyers, but they can give you legal advice on immigration matters. But be careful. Unfortunately, there are many dishonest people or companies who can try to take advantage of you. In some cases, not only do they take your money, but can also hurt your immigration record. Sometimes these dishonest sellers pretend to be lawyers or immigration consultants who tell you they can give you legal advice if they can`t. The State Bar can help protect you from scams. If you have been the victim of a dishonest lawyer, non-lawyer, immigration consultant, or document creator, the prosecutor`s office can investigate when you file a complaint. If a seller breaks the law, we can try to shut down their business and prevent others from falling victim to it.
You can submit USCIS forms yourself, but many people choose to get help. A person who is not an authorized immigration service provider can only: The State Bar can connect you with services that will help you find a trusted immigration lawyer or consultant. We can also refer you to legal aid organizations that help immigrants. Yes. As explained above, a person who is not an authorized immigration service provider may provide limited assistance, such as reading a form or translating and writing the information you provide. Dedicating time and professional skills to public service is a hallmark of the legal profession. AILA provides resources to help members find opportunities and integrate such services into their practices. Language rights are civil rights: The LSNYC Language Access Project challenges the language barriers SARA clients face when receiving benefits, services and access to justice. We are in litigation challenging the failure of various city agencies to provide legally required language access, and we are working with community partners to engage federal, state, and local agencies to expand language rights for all of New York`s diverse immigrant communities.
The list is made available to individuals in immigration proceedings and includes information on non-profit organizations and lawyers who have committed to providing pro bono legal services at least 50 hours per year in front of the immigration court venue where they are on the list. The list also includes information on pro bono money transfer services that refer people to pro bono lawyers in immigration court cases. The full list is divided into separate sections that correspond to each immigration court across the country. For a list of suppliers appearing before a particular immigration court, please click on the appropriate state/territory on the map or list below. Please note that if a particular state/territory is not an active link on the map or list below, there is currently no immigration court or hearing venue in that state. If you live in one of these states/territories, please click on the state where you have your court case to find a local provider. If you have any doubts about who has the right to help you in your immigration case, please visit our consumer protection website, www.stopnotariofraud.org EOIR provides a list of attorneys in your state who provide immigration services for free or at low cost. They also provide a list of accredited representatives and recognized organizations. The American Bar Association also provides information on how to find legal services in your state.
Our immigration attorneys in all five counties have stepped up their efforts on behalf of New York immigrants, opening 70 percent more cases in January than a year ago. In addition, the pro bono immigration campaign we launched immediately after the election has continued to grow in response to recent events. Three hundred pro bono lawyers from more than 20 major law firms and corporations now work with LSNYC to represent hundreds of low-income immigrants. Accredited representatives must work for a recognized organization to represent you before USCIS and file a Form G-28. You may be licensed to practice before immigration courts, the Immigration Appeals Board (BIA), and/or USCIS. The best way to protect yourself is to request a copy of the BIA decision for official recognition of the accredited representative and recognized organization. Recognized organizations may charge little or no fees for the provision of immigration services. An accredited representative of a recognized organization must comply with your request. You can also consult the list of recognition accreditations maintained by the Executive Office of Immigration Examination (EOIR). Anyone is allowed to give you this kind of limited help and can charge for it. This person should only charge you a small fee and not claim to have any special knowledge of immigration law and procedures.
For more information, if you are in the immigration process, click here. LSNYC`s Immigrant Rights Project provides representation on a variety of issues, including naturalization applications, work permits, adjustment of status, permanent resident card replacement, applications for foreign parents, immigration visa processing, and deportation procedures. LSNYC attorneys also offer domestic violence immigration services, including VAWA self-petitions, abused spouse waivers, and U visa applications. Our services are holistic and provide immigrants with housing, public services and language support. We work closely with clients and community partners to ensure immigrants have a successful path to citizenship. On October 1, 2015, the Department amended the regulations on the former list of independent legal service providers in 8 C.F.R. § 1003.61 et seq. The amendments renamed the list to the “Pro Bono Legal Service Provider List” and significantly revised the registration requirements. Changes to the rule include: organizations and lawyers must provide at least 50 hours per year of pro bono legal services in each immigration court where they are on the list, so that public comments on qualified applicants waiting can be added to the list; and require recertification of suppliers every 3 years from the date of registration.
For a copy of the final Federal Register rule, click here. AILA is a national association of immigration professionals and while our members are registered immigration lawyers, AILA as an organization does not provide direct services to the public. If you are looking for advice or information on a specific topic or individual case, please use our immigration lawyer finder or contact a non-profit legal service provider in your area. We provide comprehensive legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in collaboration with community partners to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients and their children.