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During the five years preceding application:

Average of at least 700 hours a year.

Minimum of 400 hours for any one year.

In addition, applicants shall provide information regarding participation in at least five of the seven categories of activities listed below: (A) Family Immigration, (B) Employment Related Immigration, (C) Naturalization, (D) Administrative Hearings and Appeals. (E) Administrative Proceedings and Review in Judicial Courts, (F) Asylum and Refugee Status, (G) Employer Verification, Sanctions, Document Fraud, Bond and Custody, Rescission, Registry, and Fine Proceedings.


During the five years preceding application:

At least 60 hours of CLE in immigration law.

At least 30 must be earned during the first three years.

Of the 60 hours, at least 52 must be in immigration law.

The balance may be in the related areas of federal administrative procedure, trial advocacy, evidence, taxation, family law, employment law, and criminal law and procedure.


Must provide the names of six lawyers or judges who are familiar with the competence and qualification of the applicant in immigration law.

All references must be licensed and in good standing to practice law in North Carolina and must have significant legal or judicial experience in immigration law. Completed forms must be received from at least three of the references.

A reference may not be related by blood or marriage to the applicant nor may the reference be a colleague at the applicant’s place of employment at the time of the application.


Additional provisions may apply, so please review the recertification standards set forth in 27 NCAC Subchapter D, Sections .2600.