USCIS Initiative to Combat the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law Fact Sheet
The unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL) endangers the integrity of our immigration system and victimizes members of the immigrant community. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to launch an initiative to combat this exploitative practice by:
Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law
The unauthorized practice of immigration law occurs when those who are not attorneys or accredited representatives:
Locally Focused Engagement Plan
Since January 2010, USCIS has been working with internal and external stakeholders to understand the community’s concerns about UPIL. After hosting an initial dialogue with the public earlier this year, the agency convened an internal working group to analyze best practices and design a comprehensive public-engagement strategy.
USCIS will begin the initiative with a focus on six pilot cities: New York, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, San Antonio and Sacramento. These cities were selected based on the following criteria:
In the first half of 2011, USCIS will host engagement sessions in the six pilot cities to collect input on specific local concerns.
The engagement effort will have two areas of focus:
USCIS plans to expand this initiative nationwide in 2011.