Instructions for DHS Form G-28 "Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative"

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Instructions for Notice of Entry of Appearance
DHS
as Attorney or Accredited Representative
Form G-28
OMB No. 1615-0105
Department of Homeland Security
Expires 05/31/2021
What Is the Purpose of Form G-28?
This form is used to establish the eligibility of an attorney or accredited representative to represent a client (applicant,
petitioner, requestor, beneficiary or derivative, or respondent) in an immigration matter before U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS). An attorney or accredited representative appearing before DHS must file Form G-28 in
each case. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will only recognize a properly completed Form G-28 that was signed by the
attorney or accredited representative and the client.
USCIS, CBP, and ICE will recognize Form G-28 until the conclusion of the matter for which it is entered, unless
otherwise notified. You must file a new Form G-28 with the Administrative Appeals Office if you are filing Form I-290B,
Notice of Appeal or Motion.
NOTE: For matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), use Form EOIR-27 instead of Form G-28.
Who May Use Form G-28?
Attorneys and Accredited Representatives
This form is used only by attorneys and accredited representatives as defined in 8 CFR parts 1.2 and 1292.
If you are an attorney or accredited representative appearing in person at a DHS office for a limited purpose, such as
appearing for an interview, and at the request of an attorney or accredited representative who previously filed Form G-28
in the same case, you must complete and submit Form G-28 in person at a DHS office.
NOTE: The original attorney or accredited representative of record will remain the attorney or accredited representative
of record in this situation. Any notices and communications USICS sends following the interview will continue to be sent
to the original attorney or accredited representative of record.
In accordance with 8 CFR 292.4(a), when you act in a representative capacity, your personal appearance or signature
will constitute a representation under 8 CFR parts 103.2(a)(3) and 292.1(a)(1) or part 1292 that you are authorized and
qualified to represent the individual or entity. DHS may require further proof of authority to act in a representative
capacity.
Law Students and Law Graduates
A law student or law graduate who is working under the direct supervision of an attorney or accredited representative
under 8 CFR 292.1(a)(2) must complete Part 2., Item Numbers 4.a. and 4.b., on the same Form G-28 filed by the
supervising attorney or accredited representative. The law student or law graduate must sign the same Form G-28 in
Part 5., Item Numbers 2.a - 2.b. DHS may require law students and law graduates verify they are eligible under
8 CFR 292.1(a)(2). The appearance of a law student or law graduate requires the permission of the DHS official before
whom he or she wishes to appear. The DHS official may require the law student or law graduate be accompanied by the
supervising attorney or accredited representative.
Foreign Attorneys
Attorneys not licensed to practice law in the United States must use Form G-28I, Notice of Entry of Appearance as
Attorney In Matters Outside the Geographical Confines of the United States. Such attorneys may only represent
individuals in matters filed and adjudicated in DHS offices outside the United States. DHS has sole discretion to permit
such representation.
Form G-28 Instructions 09/17/18
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Instructions for Notice of Entry of Appearance
DHS
as Attorney or Accredited Representative
Form G-28
OMB No. 1615-0105
Department of Homeland Security
Expires 05/31/2021
What Is the Purpose of Form G-28?
This form is used to establish the eligibility of an attorney or accredited representative to represent a client (applicant,
petitioner, requestor, beneficiary or derivative, or respondent) in an immigration matter before U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS). An attorney or accredited representative appearing before DHS must file Form G-28 in
each case. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will only recognize a properly completed Form G-28 that was signed by the
attorney or accredited representative and the client.
USCIS, CBP, and ICE will recognize Form G-28 until the conclusion of the matter for which it is entered, unless
otherwise notified. You must file a new Form G-28 with the Administrative Appeals Office if you are filing Form I-290B,
Notice of Appeal or Motion.
NOTE: For matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), use Form EOIR-27 instead of Form G-28.
Who May Use Form G-28?
Attorneys and Accredited Representatives
This form is used only by attorneys and accredited representatives as defined in 8 CFR parts 1.2 and 1292.
If you are an attorney or accredited representative appearing in person at a DHS office for a limited purpose, such as
appearing for an interview, and at the request of an attorney or accredited representative who previously filed Form G-28
in the same case, you must complete and submit Form G-28 in person at a DHS office.
NOTE: The original attorney or accredited representative of record will remain the attorney or accredited representative
of record in this situation. Any notices and communications USICS sends following the interview will continue to be sent
to the original attorney or accredited representative of record.
In accordance with 8 CFR 292.4(a), when you act in a representative capacity, your personal appearance or signature
will constitute a representation under 8 CFR parts 103.2(a)(3) and 292.1(a)(1) or part 1292 that you are authorized and
qualified to represent the individual or entity. DHS may require further proof of authority to act in a representative
capacity.
Law Students and Law Graduates
A law student or law graduate who is working under the direct supervision of an attorney or accredited representative
under 8 CFR 292.1(a)(2) must complete Part 2., Item Numbers 4.a. and 4.b., on the same Form G-28 filed by the
supervising attorney or accredited representative. The law student or law graduate must sign the same Form G-28 in
Part 5., Item Numbers 2.a - 2.b. DHS may require law students and law graduates verify they are eligible under
8 CFR 292.1(a)(2). The appearance of a law student or law graduate requires the permission of the DHS official before
whom he or she wishes to appear. The DHS official may require the law student or law graduate be accompanied by the
supervising attorney or accredited representative.
Foreign Attorneys
Attorneys not licensed to practice law in the United States must use Form G-28I, Notice of Entry of Appearance as
Attorney In Matters Outside the Geographical Confines of the United States. Such attorneys may only represent
individuals in matters filed and adjudicated in DHS offices outside the United States. DHS has sole discretion to permit
such representation.
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Other Representatives
Individuals seeking to appear as reputable individuals may not use Form G-28. They must obtain permission from DHS
to appear on behalf of an applicant, petitioner, requestor, beneficiary or derivative, or respondent. DHS will require the
individual establishes he or she meets the definition of a reputable individual at 8 CFR 292.1(a)(3).
General Instructions
USCIS provides forms free of charge through the USCIS website. In order to view, print, or fill out our forms, you should
use the latest version of Adobe Reader, which you can download for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/. If you do not
have Internet access, you may call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 and ask that we mail
a form to you. For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-767-1833.
Signature. Each Form G-28 must be properly signed and filed. For all signatures on this form, USCIS will not accept a
stamped or typewritten name in place of a signature.
Validity of Signatures. For Form G-28, USCIS will consider a photocopied, faxed, or scanned copy of the original
handwritten signature valid for filing purposes. The photocopy, fax, or scan must be of the original document containing
the handwritten, ink signature.
How To Fill Out Form G-28
1. Type or print legibly in black ink.
2. If you need extra space to complete any item within this form, use the space provided in Part 6. Additional
Information or attach a separate sheet of paper. Type or print your name at the top of each sheet; indicate the Page
Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which your answer refers; and sign and date each sheet.
3. Answer all questions fully and accurately.
Specific Instructions
Part 1. Information About Attorney or Accredited Representative
Item Number 1. USCIS Online Account Number (if any). If you (the attorney or accredited representative) have
previously filed an application or petition using the USCIS online filing system (previously called USCIS Electronic
Immigration System (USCIS ELIS)), provide the USCIS Online Account Number you were issued by the system. You
can find your USCIS Online Account Number by logging in to your account and going to the profile page. If you
previously filed certain applications or petitions on a paper form through a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may have
received a USCIS Online Account Access Notice issuing you a USCIS Online Account Number. You may find your
USCIS Online Account Number at the top of the notice. The USCIS Online Account Number is not the same as an Alien
Registration Number (A-Number). If you were issued a USCIS Online Account Number, enter it in the space provided.
Item Numbers 2.a. - 7. Attorney or Accredited Representative Information. Provide the full name, mailing address,
and contact information of the attorney or accredited representative
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Part 2. Eligibility Information for Attorney or Accredited Representative
Item Numbers 1.a. - 1.d. Eligibility Information. If you are an attorney admitted to practice in the United States, as
defined in 8 CFR 1.2, you must select Item Number 1.a. and provide the required information regarding the licensing
authority for all states, possessions, territories, commonwealths, or the District of Columbia, where you are admitted.
Attorneys must provide the bar numbers, if applicable, for all jurisdictions in which they are admitted to practice in Item
Number 1.b. If you are subject to any order suspending, enjoining, restraining, disbarring, or otherwise restricting you in
the practice of law, you must select Item Number 1.c. and disclose this information using the space provided in
Part 6. Additional Information. Attorneys are required to notify DHS of convictions or discipline under 8 CFR 292.3.
You must also provide the name of your law firm or organization, if applicable, in Item Number 1.d. If you need extra
space to complete this section, use the space provided in Part 6. Additional Information.
Item Numbers 2.a. - 2.c. Eligibility Information. If you are an accredited representative of a recognized organization,
as defined in 8 CFR part 1292, you must select Item Number 2.a. and provide the name of the organization recognized by
the Department of Justice under 8 CFR part 1292 and the date of your accreditation in Item Numbers 2.b - 2.c.
NOTE: We will reject any Form G-28 submitted without the required information in Part 2., Item Numbers 1.a. - 1.d. or
2.a. - 2.c.
Item Number 3. Eligibility Information. Only complete this item if you are not the attorney or accredited
representative of record, but are standing in for that person for a limited purpose. You must select the box and provide the
name of the attorney or accredited representative of record in this matter. You must submit a Form G-28 filed under
these circumstances in person at a DHS office. A separate Form G-28 must be filed by each attorney or accredited
representative who appears in the matter.
Item Numbers 4.a. - 4.b. Eligibility Information. If you are a law student or law graduate not yet admitted to the
bar, you must select Item Number 4.a., enter the information in Item Number 4.b., and sign and date in Part 5.,
Item Numbers 2.a. - 2.b., of the same Form G-28 filed by the supervising attorney or accredited representative. The
appearance of law students and law graduates is subject to the requirements of 8 CFR 292.1(a)(2).
Part 3. Notice of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative
Item Numbers 1.a. - 3.b. Appearance before USCIS, ICE, or CBP. Select only one box to indicate the DHS agency
where the matter is pending. If you select the box for USCIS, list the form numbers filed with Form G-28 or the specific
matter in which the appearance is entered. If you select the box for CBP or ICE, list the specific matter in which the
appearance is entered.
Item Number 4. Receipt Number. Provide the Receipt Number for the application or petition pending with USCIS, if
any.
Item Number 5. Client Type. Select only one box to indicate your appearance for the client.
Item Numbers 6.a. - 7.b. Information About Client. Provide the full name of the client. If the client is an entity,
provide the name of the entity and the title of the entity’s authorized signatory.
Item Number 8. Client’s USCIS Online Account Number (if any). If the client has previously filed an application or
petition using the USCIS online filing system (previously called USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS)),
provide the USCIS Online Account Number he or she was issued by the system. The client can find the USCIS Online
Account Number by logging in to his or her account and going to the profile page. If the client previously filed certain
applications or petitions on a paper form through a USCIS Lockbox facility, he or she may have received a USCIS
Online Account Access Notice issuing a USCIS Online Account Number. He or she may find the USCIS Online Account
Number at the top of the notice. The USCIS Online Account Number is not the same as an A-Number. If the client was
issued a USCIS Online Account Number, enter it in the space provided.
Item Number 9. Client’s Alien Registration Number (A-Number) (if any). Provide the Alien Registration Number
(A-Number) for the client, if any.
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Item Numbers 10. - 12. Client’s Contact Information. Provide the daytime telephone number, the mobile telephone
number, and the email address for the client, if any.
Item Numbers 13.a. - 13.h. Mailing Address of Client. Provide the mailing address of the client. Do not provide the
business mailing address of the attorney or accredited representative unless it serves as the safe mailing address on the
application or petition being filed with this Form G-28.
Part 4. Client’s Consent to Representation and and Signature
The client’s signature on this form confirms consent to representation and the release of information to the attorney or
accredited representative.
Item Numbers 1.a. - 1.c. Options Regarding Receipt of USCIS Notices and Documents. The client must select Item
Numbers 1.a. - 1.c. if he or she wants USCIS to send original notices and/or secure identity documents to the attorney or
accredited representative of record. When Item Numbers 1.a. and 1.b. are selected, original notices and secure identity
documents will be sent to the attorney or accredited representative of record and copies will be sent to the client. If the
client wants to receive notices containing Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, rather than having USCIS send these
notices to the attorney or accredited representative of record, Item Number 1.c. must be selected.
NOTE: USCIS will not mail secure identity documents to a private, commercial, or business address in a foreign
country. USCIS, however, will mail secure identity documents to a U.S. business address of an attorney admitted to
practice law outside of the United States or to a designated Army/Air Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO), or
Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) address. USCIS will mail notices and other correspondence to a foreign address.
Item Numbers 2.a. - 2.b. Signature of Client or Authorized Signatory for an Entity. The client must sign and date
the form in black ink. If the client is under 14 years of age, a parent or legal guardian may sign Form G-28 on his or her
behalf. A legal guardian may also sign for a mentally incompetent person.
Part 5. Signature of Attorney or Accredited Representative
Item Numbers 1.a. - 2.b. Signature of Attorney or Accredited Representative. The attorney or accredited
representative and, if applicable, law student or law graduate must sign and date the form in black ink.
Part 6. Additional Information
Item Numbers 1.a. - 6.d. If you need extra space to provide any additional information within this form, use the space
provided in Part 6. Additional Information. For example, if you need more space to provide your U.S. business address
for purposes of receiving secure identity documents for your client (if your client has consented to your receipt of such
documents in Part 4.) If you need more space than what is provided in Part 6., you may make copies of Part 6. to
complete and file with your form, or attach a separate sheet of paper. Type or print your name at the top of each sheet;
indicate the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which your answer refers; and sign and date each sheet.
We recommend that you print or save a copy of your completed Form G-28
to review in the future and for your records.
Warning
Individuals appearing as attorneys or accredited representatives (including law students and law graduates permitted to
appear under 8 CFR 292.1(a)(2)) are subject to the rules of Professional Conduct for Practitioners found in 8 CFR 292.3.
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Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Requests
You may not use this form to request records under the Freedom of Information Act or the Privacy Act, Title 5 U.S.C.
sections 552 and 552a. You may find the procedures for requesting such records in 6 CFR 5 and at www.uscis.gov.
USCIS Privacy Notice
AUTHORITIES: The information requested on this form is collected pursuant to 8 CFR 292.4(a).
PURPOSE: The primary purpose for providing the requested information on this form is to establish your eligibility
to appear and act on behalf of a client. The information you provide will be used to designate you as an attorney or
accredited representative.
DISCLOSURE: The information you provide is voluntary. However, failure to provide the requested information may
prevent your ability to represent an individual or entity.
ROUTINE USES: The information will be used by and disclosed to DHS personnel and contractors or other agents
who need the information to perform associated administrative functions. Additionally, DHS may share the information
with other Federal, state, local government agencies, and authorized organizations in accordance with approved routine
uses, as described in the associated published system of records notices [DHS/USCIS-001 - Alien File and National File
Tracking System, DHS/USCIS-007 - Benefits Information System, DHS/USCIS-010 - Asylum Information and Pre-
Screening, DHS/USCIS-005 Inter-Country Adoptions Security, DHS/USCIS-006 Fraud Detection and National Security
Records, and DHS/USCIS-017 Refugee Case Processing and Security] and as described in the published privacy impact
assessments [DHS/USCIS/PIA-015 Computer Linked Application Information Management (CLAIMS 4) Update,
DHS/USCIS/PIA-016 Computer Linked Application Information Management (CLAIMS 3), and Associated Systems,
DHS/USCIS/PIA-056 ELIS, DHS/USCIS/PIA-027(c)-USCIS Asylum Division, DHS/USCIS/PIA-003(b) Integrated
Digitization Document Management Program, DHS/USCIS/PIA-007(b) Domestically Filed Intercountry Adoptions and
Petitions, DHS/USCIS/PIA-013(a) Fraud Detection and National Security Data System, and DHS/USCIS/PIA-051 Case
and Activity Management for International Operations] which can be found at www.dhs.gov/privacy. The information
may also be made available, as appropriate for law enforcement purposes or in the interest of national security.
Paperwork Reduction Act
An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information collection, and a person is not required to respond to a collection
of information, unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The
public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated at 30 minutes per response, including the time
for reviewing instructions and completing and submitting the form. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or
any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20529-2140; OMB No. 1615-0105. Do not mail your completed Form G-28 to this address.
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