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U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Office of the Director
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2400
Falls Church, Virginia 22041

NOTICE          Contact:   Public Affairs Office
(703)305-0289,     Fax: (703) 605-0365
Internet: www.usdoj.gov/eoir

February 9, 2001

Practitioners Reminded to Use Revised Forms EOIR-27 and EOIR-28 When Filing Notices to Appear before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Court

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) reminds attorneys and other representatives (practitioners) who practice or wish to practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or the Board) or the Immigration Courts that they must use the EOIR-27 and EOIR-28 forms that were revised in 1999. The updated forms are marked by the date "August 99" in the lower right corner on the front. The Board and the courts may reject any older forms that are submitted.

EOIR announced the requirements for using the revised forms in a news release and fact sheet dated June 27, 2000, on the amended Rules of Professional Conduct for Immigration Practitioners. The fact sheet advised practitioners to start using the revised forms immediately and noted that old forms would not be accepted after January 1, 2001. Both the news release and fact sheet are posted on EOIR's Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/press.htm. The revised forms are also available on EOIR's Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/formslist.htm as well as from the Clerk's Office at the Board and any Immigration Court.

Practitioners representing matters before the Board must file the revised form EOIR-27, NOTICE OF ENTRY OF APPEARANCE AS ATTORNEY OR REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS. Practitioners representing matters before an Immigration Court must file the revised form EOIR-28, NOTICE OF ENTRY OF APPEARANCE AS ATTORNEY OR REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE THE IMMIGRATION COURT.

Each of these forms is necessary to determine whether or not a practitioner is authorized under the regulations to represent aliens before the respective tribunals; to provide the represented alien an opportunity to expressly consent to the practitioner's representation and to the release of EOIR records to the practitioner where required by law; and to formally notify the INS and EOIR of such representation. It also provides information regarding appearances and representation before the Board and the court, including the manner in which a practitioner may properly withdraw from a proceeding.

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