The BIA is an agency within the United States Department of Justice that hears immigration appeals. They can reverse immigration decisions or choose to affirm them depending on the appeal.
The Board of Immigration Appeals reviews appeals from:
- U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- U.S. Immigration Courts
The BIA consists of up to 15 people, each of whom are appointed by the U.S. Attorney General. They are the highest immigration authority in the country next to either the Attorney General or a Federal Court.