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TBLS Board Certified Lawyers in Immigration Law in Texas

Started in 1979, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) has certified hundreds of attorneys in immigration and nationality law in Texas. 

For purposes of the board certification program, the term "immigration and nationality law" is defined as involving securing immigrant or non-immigrant U.S. visas or other documentation, immigration proceedings, and administrative review before government agencies and judicial courts. 

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About Board Certification for Immigration and Nationality Law in Florida

Attorneys who become Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law have the following qualifications:

  • practicing law full time for at least 5 years as an active member of the State Bar of Texas with at least 3 years of Immigration & Nationality Law experience; 
  • showing a yearly minimum of 25% substantial involvement with Immigration & Nationality Law matters;
  • participating in a specific number of matters related to immigration and nationalization;
  • obtaining references from judges and lawyers in the area;
  • completing at least 60 hours of TBLS approved continuing legal education in Immigration & Nationality Law;
  • meeting all of the TBLS Standards for Attorney Certification; and
  • passing a comprehensive 6-hour examination in Immigration & Nationality Law. 

Definition of Immigration and Nationality Law

For purposes of becoming board certified, the term "Immigration and Nationality Law" is defined as "the practice of law dealing with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended, and all successor and other laws and regulations dealing with immigration and naturalization.

The practice of immigration and nationality law includes:

  • administrative proceedings not listed above relating to immigration and nationality law before government agencies of competent jurisdiction;
  • all administrative and judicial review of the above; 
  • asylum applications;
  • bond and custody proceedings;
  • citizenship proceedings;
  • naturalization proceedings;
  • registry proceedings;
  • removal proceedings and related applications for relief;
  • rescission proceedings;
  • original proceedings in immigration matters before judicial courts; and
  • all aspects of securing an immigrant or non-immigrant visa or other documentation to enter the United States, including all petitions and applications filed with the U. S. Department of State, the U. S. Department of Labor, the U. S. Department of Justice, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U. S. Public Health Service.

Task Requirements to Become Board Certified in Immigration Law in Texas

To become board certified, the attorney must exhibit substantial involvement and special competence in each of the following immigration and nationality law matters participated in within the 3 years immediately preceding application;

  1. Administrative Hearings - Representation of clients in at least 9 contested hearings before immigration judges involving removal or bond determination, with no more than 3 having involved only bond matters.
  2. Petitions and Applications. Representation of clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and/or the U.S. Department of State in the preparation and filing of petitions and applications. A minimum of 10 petitions or applications must have been filed, at least 3 of which must have been employment based petitions. 
  3. Citizenship/Naturalization. Representation of clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, and/or judicial courts in citizenship, naturalization, and/or renunciation or revocation matters.

In addition to meeting the above requirements, the attorney must meet two of the following categories within the 3 years immediately preceding application.

  1. Alien Labor Certifications. Representation of employers and/or aliens before the various state employment services, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security in preparation and filing of alien labor certification cases.
  2. Administrative Appeals and Advisory Opinions. Representation of clients in appeals and/or proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Administrative Appeals Office, Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, the U.S. Department of State Advisory Opinions office, or other administrative appellate entities with competent jurisdiction over matters related to immigration and nationality law.
  3. Review in Judicial Courts. Representation of clients in judicial matters relating to immigration and nationality law such as applications for writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, declaratory judgments, criminal matters involving the immigration law, petitions for review in judicial courts, and ancillary proceedings in judicial courts.
  4. Employer Sanctions. Representation of clients in administrative proceedings relating to employer sanction, employment discrimination, and/or document fraud matters under the Immigration Nationality Act.
  5. Deferred Inspections, Expedited Removal, Humanitarian Parole, Documentary Waiver Requests, Deferred Action Requests, Private Bills, I-9 and LCA related Audits and Proceedings, Immigration Related Database Corrections, or other administrative proceedings not listed relating to immigration and nationality matters before governmental agencies of competent jurisdiction. 

Directory of Board Certified Attorneys in Immigration Law in Texas

Although not all qualified immigration and nationality law attorneys are board certified, attorneys who have earned their status as a certified specialist have taken the extra step of submitting to evaluation. 

To help the public find a board certified attorney in immigration and nationality law in Texas, Lawyer Legion maintains this directory. 

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 specialists in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

 


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