DOJ R&A New Forms Summary

Last Updated

January 29, 2024

On Nov. 3, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released new versions of Recognition Form EOIR-31 and Accreditation Form EOIR-31A, revised October 2022. Effective Nov. 3, 2023, organizations were required to begin utilizing the new forms. Updated versions of the forms can be found here.

The most significant changes to EOIR Form 31 (Application for Recognition) are a requirement to disclose previous organizations in which the authorized officer submitted applications for recognition, a request for proof of non-profit status granted by the appropriate state agency, and a request to include additional details and documentation when requesting an extension location.

The most significant changes to EOIR Form 31A (Application for Accreditation) include requiring additional information about previous applications submitted, adding point by point certification by the authorized officer that the representative possesses the character and fitness requirements outlined in 8 CFR §§1292.12(a)(1)(4) and (5) and, for renewals (both partial and full accreditation), there is a new requirement that the organization indicate how frequently the representative provided direct legal representation before USCIS or EOIR within the last 3 years.

CLINIC has commented extensively on the proposed changes to the Recognition and Accreditation forms both in 2020 and 2022.While the 2022 version of the forms differs only slightly from those published in 2020, there are significant differences between the 2022 and 2017 versions. CLINIC is updating our resources to reflect these changes.

In the meantime, CLINIC is tracking trends and continuing to support affiliates in the process to apply for DOJ Recognition and Accreditation. Please reach out to CLINIC for support via the Affiliate Support Form if:

  • You have a question about changes to the new DOJ Recognition and Accreditation forms;
  • You have experienced a technical glitch in your application submission to OLAP;
  • You need advice on what supporting documentation to include in your application considering the new forms updates;
  • You have received a request for evidence;
  • You have experienced an adjudication delay of 90 days or more on an initial application; or
  • You have any other questions about DOJ Recognition and Accreditation.

CLINIC staff answer program management questions on a wide range of topics including DOJ Recognition and Accreditation, case management, policies and procedures, and general Affiliate questions. If you have a question, please submit it to the Affiliate Support Form.