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Immigration & Nationality Certification

Certified Attorneys

Definition

Immigration and nationality law is the practice of law dealing with all aspects of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.

To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to "Open" or "Save" the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the applicable application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.

View your Board Certification CLE credit hours online. Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select Immigration and Nationality Law from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many credits are required for certification and the date the credits must be completed to qualify.

Currently Certified
If you were originally certified in 1997, 2002, 2007, or 2012, the Application for Recertification Word document opens in new window must be postmarked by May 31, 2017. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2017, unless you file a recertification file extension request.

Recertification File Extension

To request a one-time 3-month extension, the
Recertification Extension Application Word document opens in new window must be postmarked by May 31, 2017.

Seeking Certification

If you wish to apply for certification, the
Initial Application for Certification Word document opens in new window filing period opens July 1, 2017, and applications must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2017. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2018 Immigration and Nationality Exam.

You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification Word document opens in new window only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2018 Immigration and Nationality Exam the abbreviated application must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2017.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Aug. 31, 2016, which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2017 Immigration and Nationality Exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Aug. 31, 2016, which was approved, you took the 2017 Immigration and Nationality Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2016 and 2017 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2018 Immigration and Nationality exam, but you may reapply for the 2019 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification Aug. 31, 2018.)


Exam Information

Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window
Sample Examination Questions PDF document opens in new window
Standards for Certification Of A Board Immigration & Nationality Law Lawyer – RRTFB 6-15
Immigration & Nationality Law Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window
Immigration & Nationality Law committee members

Immigration & Nationality Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Allison Armour
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-3143
aarmour@floridabar.org

Immigration & Nationality Law Certification Field Established 1994

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[Revised: 02-17-2017]