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Immigration & Nationality Law Certification

Immigration and Nationality Law Certification logoDefinition

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

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for immigration and nationality law certification, provided in Rule 6-15.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of immigration and nationality law — 40% or more —during the three years immediately preceding application;
  • 50 hours of approved immigration and nationality law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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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.

2020 Application Filing Periods & Exam Dates

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2019

If you were originally certified in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, or 2014 you are due to file your recertification application in 2019.  The application for recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2019.  All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2019.  Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2019.  You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2020 exam.  If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may also file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Exam Information

Exam Specifications

Sample Questions

Standards for Certification Of A Board Immigration & Nationality Law Lawyer – RRTFB 6-15

Immigration & Nationality Law Standing Committee Policies

Immigration & Nationality Law committee members

Staff Liaison

Chyra Reynolds
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300

Immigration & Nationality Law Certification Field Established 1994