The Form G-28, is a questionnaire used to establish the eligibility of an attorney or accredited representative. This in order to represent a client (applicant, beneficiary or derivative or defendant) in an immigration matter before DHS.
For this reason, we have dedicated this article to explain: what is the format of the form, the instructions to follow to complete it, where to submit the application, the differences between it and form G-28I and we conclude with its definition.
Form G-28 format
It is generally known that, for any type of form, an established type of format is presented or found. Therefore, below, we will explain the information that all interested parties must provide when completing the same. Attentive:
First Part of Form G-28
- First, the USCIS online account number must be entered. In case you have it.
- Then the name of the attorney or accredited representative. For example: last name, first name, middle name, etc.
- Also, the address of the attorney or accredited representative is included. As: name and street number, city or town where you reside, state, ZIP code, province.
- Culminating with the first part of the form, the contact information of the lawyer or accredited representative is added. For example: mobile phone number, email address.
We should highlight one important aspect before continuing with the development of the format for Form G-28. And it is that, to begin the second part of the form, the applicant must select all the applicable elements. Pay attention to the options to choose:
- 1-a: I am an attorney eligible to practice law and an accredited member of the bar of the highest courts of the following states, possessions, territories, or the District of Columbia.
- 1-b: Bar number, in case of having it.
- 1-c: I (select one of the two options) am or am not, subject to any order that suspends, prohibits, restricts, nullifies or restricts in any way my practice of law.
- 1-d: Name of the law firm or organization.
- 2-a: I am an accredited representative of the following qualified non-profit religious, charitable, social service or similar organization established in the United States and recognized by the Department of Justice in accordance with 8 CFR part 1292.
- 2-b: Name of the recognized organization.
- 2-c: Date of accreditation. Day month Year.
- 3: I am associated with the attorney or registered accredited representative who previously filed Form G-28 in this case, and my appearance as attorney or accredited representative for a limited purpose is at their request.
- 4-a: I am a law student or law graduate working under the direct supervision of the attorney or accredited representative registered on this form in accordance with the requirements of 8 CFR 292.1
- 4-b: Name of the law student or law graduate.
- 1-a: US Citizenship and Immigration Services -USCIS-.
- 1-b: List the specific subject or form numbers in which the appearance is entered.
- 2-a: US Customs and Immigration Control -ICE-.
- 2-b: List the specific subject in which the appearance is entered.
- 3-a: US Customs and Border Protection CBP
- 3-b: List the specific subject in which the appearance is entered.
- 4: Receipt number. If there is.
- 5: I enter my appearance as a lawyer or accredited representative at the request of:
- Beneficiary / Derivative.
- Defendant -ICE, CBP-.
- First of all, last name.
- Then first name.
- Later, middle name.
- Now, the name of the entity.
- It is followed by the title of the authorized signatory of the entity.
- Also, the customer’s USCIS online account number.
- And finally, the client’s foreign registration number.
- First, the daily phone number.
- Followed by the mobile phone number.
- Finally, an email address if you have one.
At this point, only the customer’s postal address needs to be provided. The business mailing address of the attorney or accredited representative should not be entered unless it serves as the secure mailing address on the application or petition submitted with this Form G-28.
- Consent of the client to the representation and signature.
- Consent for the representation and disclosure of information.
- Options Regarding Receiving Notices and Documents from USCIS.
- Signature of the client or authorized signatory of an entity.
- 1-a: Signature of the lawyer or accredited representative.
- 1-b: Date of signature.
- 2-a: Signature of the law student or law graduate.
- 2-b: Date of signature.
- Last name first.
- Then the first name.
- The second name follows.
- And then you have to put in the page number and the information you want to present.
Instructions for Completing Form G-28
Now, once the explanation of the format used and established for this type of specific form is completed. We will continue with the instructions that must be carried out to complete the same:
- First of all, we must emphasize that at this point information about the lawyer or accredited representative is added.
If you have previously submitted an application or petition using the USCIS online account number, it was issued by the system. You can also find your USCIS account number online by logging into your account and going to the profile page.
If you are an attorney to practice in the US, you must select item number 1 and provide the required information regarding the licensing authority for all declared possessions, territories, commonwealths, or the District of Columbia where you are admitted.
At this point, you must select a box to indicate the DHS agency where the matter is pending. If you select the USCIS box, please list the form numbers filed with Form G-28 or the specific matter on which the appearance was entered.
In this particular part of said form, the client’s signature on this type of form confirms the consent of representation and the disclosure of information to the attorney or accredited representative.
However, the lawyer or accredited representative and, if applicable, the law student or law graduate must sign and date the form only and obligatorily in black ink.
If you need additional space to provide additional information within these forms, use the space provided in part 6. For example: if you need more space to provide your business address in the US in order to receive secure identity documents for your customer.
Where to Submit the Request?
In another vein, it is important to make known where the request for this type of specific format can be submitted. However, we must mention that everything will depend on several aspects such as:
- First, the signature of the form must be in black pen. This is considered one of the main errors found in it.
- In turn, names stamped or typed in place of a signature are not accepted.
- Also, it is important to note that you must sign in Part 4 of the form, while the legal representative must sign in Part 5 of it.
- Also, in Part 4, you must indicate your preference for receiving notifications and documents.
- It is essential that you ensure that all the data and information contained in the form is legible.
Now, if the completed G-28 form is available and in perfect condition for delivery, the applicant must go to one of the USCIS offices where the case is pending. For more information, visit the official website of the DHS.
Differences from Form G-28I
On the other hand, let’s continue with this point of the article where we will explain what is the difference between form G-28 and form G-28I. It is important to share this information, since it is common for the definitions and the purpose of each one to be confused.
- Form G-28I is a document used solely to notify that an attorney admitted to legal practice in a country other than the US will appear before DHS regarding matters outside the geographic boundaries of the US.
- In another sense, Form G-28 is a document used to establish the eligibility of an attorney or accredited representative to represent a client in an immigration matter before the US Department of Homeland Security.
What is Form G-28?
We conclude this article by offering a brief definition. Well, it is nothing more than a document that is used to establish the eligibility of an attorney or accredited representative.
All this with the sole purpose of representing a client, be it: applicant, beneficiary or derivative or defendant, in an immigration matter before the Department of Homeland Security -DHS-.
However, an attorney or accredited representative appearing before DHS must file Form g-28 in each case. Which must be correctly completed and signed by the attorney or accredited representative and the client.
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