Original Date AnnouncedNovember 21, 2019
In Policy Memo 20-05, EOIR reaffirms its policy of not allowing individuals to appear in immigration court and engage in legal advocacy without being officially recognized as a respondent's legal representative. The policy memo states that individuals appearing as amici curiae (friends of the court) are not an exception.
[ID #225]EOIR Memo: Legal Advocacy by Non-Representatives in Immigration Court
Effective DateNovember 21, 2019
Biden Administration Action: Revoked/ReplacedMay 5, 2022
2022.05.05 EOIR DM 22-06
This Biden administration action rescinds the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On May 5, 2022, EOIR Director David Neal issued Director's Memorandum 22-06 on EOIR's Friend of the Court policy. This Memo cancels Policy Memorandum 20-05, and states that EOIR "welcomes and encourages the participation of Friends of the Court in all types of immigration court proceedings involving unrepresented respondents." The memo lays out guidance for Immigration Court judges and administrators in accommodating attorneys providing assistance to respondents through a Friend of the Court model.View Document