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Become an Authorized Provider

Becoming an Authorized Provider of Immigration Services

Anyone wishing to provide the public with immigration services must be authorized by the Department of Justice  (DOJ)'s Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Visit the BIA's Recognition and Accreditation Program page to learn how an organization can apply for recognition and accreditation.

USCIS Role in Review
The Board of Immigration Appeals offers USCIS the opportunity to review applications to help ensure that applications are qualified.

Each USCIS district office has a recognition and accreditation team or point of contact that reviews the application.

In addition to reviewing the submitted materials, USCIS may:

  • Consult records of disciplined practitioners;
  • Conduct basic background checks and,
  • Contact colleagues of the applicant for input.

Also, the district director or a member of the recognition and accreditation team may request more information or may contact the applicant to request more information or a meeting. These requests are intended to intiate introductions and establish productive working relationships.

At the completion of the review, USCIS will sbmit its findings to the BIA and provide a copy to the applicant.

If you have questions about USCIS' role in the review process, please contact your local USCIS district office or email


Why Become Authorized?
BIA-recognized organization and accredited representatives provide essential support to USCIS and the public. They provide:

  • Educational materials and
  • Legal services to help immigrants navigate the immigration system.

Accredited representatives can assist clients in preparing forms and are also allowed to attend USCIS interviews with their clients.


Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/05/2014