Instructions for Notice of Entry of Appearance as
Attorney In Matters Outside the Geographical Confines
of the United States
OMB No. 1615-0105
Department of Homeland Security
What Is the Purpose of This Form?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated this form as the document on which attorneys admitted
to the practice of law in a country other than the United States provide information to establish their eligibility to appear
for and act on behalf of an applicant, petitioner, or respondent in a matter outside the geographical confines of the United
States. An attorney admitted to practice law outside the United States must file Form G-28I in each case. U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) will only recognize Form G-28I for the appearance of an attorney once the applicant, petitioner, or
respondent has completed, signed, and filed Form G-28I.
Under 8 CFR 103.2(a)(3), a beneficiary of a petition is not a recognized party in a proceeding before USCIS, and therefore
this form does not apply to beneficiaries or their attorneys. USCIS, CBP, and ICE will recognize Form G-28I until the
conclusion of the matter for which it was entered, unless otherwise notified. An attorney admitted in a country other than
the United States must file a new Form G-28I with the Administrative Appeals Office when filing an appeal to that office
on Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.
Who May Use This Form?
Appearances for Immigration Matters
This form is used only in proceedings conducted outside the geographical confines of the United States by an attorney,
other than one described in 8 CFR 1.2, who is licensed to practice law, in good standing in a court of general jurisdiction
of the country in which he or she resides, and engaged in such practice of law. The DHS official before whom he or
she seeks to appear must also provide permission. Acceptance of a completed Form G-28I does not itself constitute
permission for the attorney to represent an applicant, petitioner, or respondent in the matter for which Form G-28I was
filed. The DHS official has the discretion to determine whether to allow the attorney filing Form G-28I to appear.
An attorney may not file this form on matters in offices within the United States.
If you are an attorney who seeks to withdraw his or her appearance in a proceeding before DHS, you must file a written
request with the DHS office that has jurisdiction over the pending matter.
If you are an attorney who is appearing for a limited purpose at the request of the attorney of record, you must file a
properly completed Form G-28I as noted on the form.
In accordance with 8 CFR 292.4(a), when you act in a representative capacity, your personal appearance or signature will
constitute a representation under 8 CFR 103.2(a)(3) and 292.1(a)(1) or 292.1(a)(6) that you are authorized and qualified to
represent the individual. DHS may require further proof of authority to act in a representative capacity.
You must properly sign each Form G-28I. Photocopies, stamped signatures, electronic signatures, and typewritten names
in place of signatures are not acceptable.
Part 1. Information About Attorney
Item Number 1. Attorneys, who have previously established an account in the USCIS Electronic Immigration System
(USCIS ELIS), should provide the USCIS ELIS Account Number issued by the system in the spaces provided.
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