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Immigration Law Board Certification by the North Carolina State Bar

The North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization designated immigration law as a field of law for which certification of specialists is permitted under 27 NCAC 01D Section .2601.

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About Immigration Law Board Certification in North Carolina

Attorneys in North Carolina who earn the designation are entitled to use the term "Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law."

For purposes of the board certification program the term "immigration law" is defined as the practice of law dealing with "obtaining and retaining permission to enter and remain in the United States including, but not limited to, such matters as visas, changes of status, deportation and exclusion, naturalization, appearances before courts and governmental agencies, and protection of constitutional rights."



Board Certified Immigration Law Specialists on Lawyer Legion

Alan S Gordon
Alan Gordon Immigration Law
Charlotte, NC
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George N Miller
Dozier, Miller, Pollard & Murphy, LLP
Charlotte, NC
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Directory of Board-Certified Immigration Law Specialists in North Carolina

Lawyer Legion maintains a directory of board certified Immigration Law specialists in North Carolina included within a broader directory of certified and non-certified lawyers in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. This directory provides the public with a valuable resource allowing them to narrow their search to local attorneys who have earned their status as board certified in Immigration Law by North Carolina State Bar.

Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs and provide a dynamic directory of virtually every lawyer who has earned each certification.

Use this directory to connect with lawyers who are board-certified Immigration Law specialists in North Carolina. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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Overview of Immigration Law Specialization in North Carolina

Standards for Board Certification in Immigration Law

Attorneys who apply for board certification in the specialty field of immigration law must meet certain standards including a showing of substantial involvement through a certain amount of time spent in the specialty area.

A certain portion of that substantial involvement can be met through service as a law professor concentrating in the teaching of immigration law.

Substantial involvement could also involve a showing that the attorney has participated in certain categories of activities including:

  • Family Immigration defined as the "representation of clients before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and the State Department in the filing of petitions and applications."
  • Employment Related Immigration defined as the "representation of employers and/or aliens before at least one of the following: the N.C. Employment Security Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of State or U.S. Information Agency."
  • Naturalization defined as the "representation of clients before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and judicial courts in naturalization matters."
  • Administrative Hearings and Appeals defined as the "representation of clients before Immigration Judges in deportation, exclusion, bond redetermination, and other administrative matters; and the representation of clients in appeals taken before the:
    • Board of Immigration Appeals,
    • Administrative Appeals Unit,
    • Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals,
    • Regional Commissioners,
    • Commissioner,
    • Attorney General,
    • Department of State Board of Appellate Review, and
    • Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OCAHO)."
  • Administrative Proceedings and Review in Judicial Courts defined as the "representation of clients in judicial matters such as applications for habeas corpus, mandamus and declaratory judgments; criminal matters involving the immigration law; petitions for review in judicial courts; and ancillary proceedings in judicial courts."
  • Asylum and Refugee Status Matters
  • Employer Verification, Sanctions, Document Fraud, Bond and Custody, Rescission, Registry, and Fine Proceedings Matters

Other Requirements to Earn Specialty Certification

The attorney in North Carolina seeking board certification in immigration law must also show completion of certain number and type of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in immigration law and related areas such as trial advocacy, evidence, taxation, federal administrative procedure, employment law, family law, and criminal law and procedure.

The attorney must submit to peer review by other lawyers or judges familiar with the attorney's practice and qualifications in immigration law cases. Finally, the attorney must submit to a written examination testing the attorney's knowledge in immigration law matters.

The original period of certification in immigration law will last for five years. The attorney must then apply for continued certification by showing a certain number and type of continuing legal education (CLE) credits, peer review, and a continued showing of substantial involvement.

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