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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileImmigration Legal Counselor Duties: Manages and completes cases, from start to finish, for an immigration caseload with a variety of family-based and humanitarian immigration dynamics, maintains documentation of services provided to clients, compiles and reviews case files, provides follow up on the status of applications filed on behalf of clients, and represents clients before USCIS and the Immigration Courts. Represents clients in immigration matters before USCIS and negotiates with key stakeholders on behalf of clients. Accompanies applicants to immigration interviews and hearings as deemed necessary in consultation with the Program Coordinator. Provides legal advice and representation to clients on family-based and humanitarian-based immigration matters. Accurately completes and files applications on behalf of clients for refugee/asylee family reunification, affirmative asylum claims, work authorization documents, family petitions, permanent residency, consular processing, VAWA petitions, T and U visas, and others. Maintains accurate, complete and confidential files of own casework, including case notes. Conducts individual or group information sessions, including outreach, per program directives. Assists the Immigration Program Coordinator and Lancaster Director in preparing reports and compiling data as requested. Keeps the Program Coordinator informed of complaints, issues and/or problems for timely investigation and resolution. Works closely with the Program Coordinator to keep informed about immigrant issues and conducts legal research to support filed immigration applications. Attends local and national training to obtain/maintain accreditation with the Board of Immigration Appeals. Represents the program at meetings and speaking engagements relevant to the responsibilities of the position. Undertakes other duties as assigned. Works varied hours, including some night and weekend work for group application workshops.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Familiarity with US immigration issues and terminology and with DHS documentation as it relates to refugees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants, parolees, asylees, and other immigrants. Experience with immigration representation and other areas of immigration law. Full or partial accreditation through the Board of Immigration Appeals or law degree is strongly preferred. Able to communicate thoroughly and with self-confidence a broad range of information relating to program or department. Communicate detailed and/or technical information clearly, in writing and orally. Speak publicly with defined constituencies regarding specific assigned topics. Anticipate constituent needs and interests and take proactive steps to respond to them. Promote “transparency of information” by sharing relevant information with staff and other stakeholders. Manage relationships with stakeholders and work within their structure to identify programmatic linkages, plan and implement services and coordinate activities. Identify potential constituents with whom to build relationships and flesh out details of those relationships within the context of CWS’s mission and values. Coordinate specific program activities with counterparts and include them in planning Resolve issues of concern to maintain effective stakeholder relationships. Fluency in Spanish is required. Superior written and verbal communication skills are required. Must be computer literate, with proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word and Access) and internet applications.