The Board of Immigration Appeals, commonly referred to as the BIA, issues appellate administrative decisions that are binding on the DHS Bureaus responsible for enforcing immigration laws nationwide. Decisions of the BIA are binding on all DHS officers and Immigration Judges unless modified or overruled by the Attorney General or a Federal court. The BIA is not a Federal court, but its decisions are subject to judicial review in the Federal courts. The Board has been given nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals from certain decisions rendered by Immigration Judges and by DHS Bureau offices in a wide variety of proceedings in which the DHS Bureaus are one party and the other party is either an alien or a citizen. The BIA is part of the Executive Office for Immigration Review-a separate federal agency that is a component of the Department of Justice. Here you can find important decisions and interpretations of the immigration laws.
Links to BIA Decisions
Last Modified 07/14/2003