Immigration law is governed under federal law under the United States Immigration and Nationality Act. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have jurisdiction over immigration matters. The immigration system is extraordinarily complex with many difficult issues, therefore, it is important that an attorney has an understanding of it. Immigration Specialists have met the rigorous application requirements by passing exams, demonstrating experience, and participating in the field amongst other requirements.
A board-certified immigration attorney in California is awarded their certification for immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. The immigration specialist has demonstrated that he or she has been substantially involved in the practice of immigration law.
In California, the board certification for immigration and nationality law is awarded by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Only California attorneys who have earned board certification in immigration and nationality law can advertise or identify themselves as a "certified specialist" or "board certified" in this area of law.
The Standards for board certification in immigration and nationality law in California must be read in conjunction with the rules governing the State Bar of California Program for Certifying Legal Specialists, which govern the program requirements.
For purposes of California's board certification program, the term "Immigration and Nationality Law" is defined as the practice of law dealing with matters arising under and related to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended (Title 8 U.S. Code), and other laws and regulations dealing with immigration and naturalization.
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An immigration attorney in California must demonstrate that he or she has been substantially involved in the practice of immigration law. For the program, a prima facie showing of substantial involvement in the area of immigration and nationality law is made by the performance of certain specified number and types of activities including:
An immigration attorney in California must show that he or she has completed not less than 45 hours of educational activities specifically approved for immigration and nationality law, including:
An immigration attorney who has earned the distinction of board certification in California must also apply for re-certification every five years and show that he or she has continued to have direct and substantial participation in the practice of immigration and nationality law.
The task requirements include: