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Immigration Attorney Duties: Provides immigration counseling and legal services to immigrants and refugees before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and participates at naturalization application preparation workshops. With the relevant experience and training and/or prior DOJ accredited representative status, the person staffing this position should immediately seek accreditation from the Department of Justice, or be a licensed attorney to be able to represent individuals before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration benefits. Assist individuals with completing their immigration paperwork as appropriate, including DACA requests, VAWA self-petitions, U visa cases and waivers of inadmissibility. As needed, assist individuals with completing their naturalization applications in bi-monthly naturalization application preparation workshops. Provide explanation of benefits and case procedure to individuals. Advocate for clients before USCIS. Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure. Record client information in the ILS case management system and maintain organized case files. Participate in regular department and staff meetings. As needed, and in collaboration with the Citizenship Project Coordinator, assist in the set-up of naturalization workshops, and participate in these workshops as legal screener. Assist the Immigrant Legal Services Director with update of internal materials, such as document checklists, manuals, monthly visa bulletins, and trouble-shoot administrative issues. Train incoming legal interns on online case management tool, processing of incoming USCIS correspondence and legal processes. Supervise legal interns assigned to assist with case preparation for own case load. Occasionally participate in community-based educational outreach to the immigrant community and conducts informational presentations at churches.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: BA Degree with previous Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representative status at a non-profit organization or enough relevant training and experience in immigration and naturalization law to be able to immediately apply for DOJ accreditation; in the alternative, being a licensed attorney in any state. Experience with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs, internet research. Highly detail oriented and self-directed. Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish required; Strong relational skills and cross-cultural understanding; Program development, management, and implementation experience preferred.
Effective Date: Between September 11 and October 2, 2017
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