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Legal Staff Paralegal in San Mateo, CA

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Company name

Catholic Charities of San Francisco

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Legal Staff

Practice Area


Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


San Mateo, CA

Date Last Verified

Mar 12,2018

Posted on

Mar 11,2018

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Immigration Paralegal Duties: Under the supervision of the Senior Immigration Attorney and the Program Director, provides a variety of direct services to clients, either in individual or group settings. Obtains and Maintains accreditation through on-going and immigration law training held by the Immigration Network, and other accredited legal organizations. Once accredited represents clients before the CIS to more effectively advocate for them in family-based and humanitarian immigration petitions, waivers, U Visas, DACA, DAPA, naturalization, consular processing, asylum, and adjustments of status. Performs the intake and assessment of the legal needs of the clients who come to our doors looking for legal information and/or an avenue to obtain immigration benefit under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). After determining that a client is entitled to any given immigration benefit, prepares the application packet and mails the petition, accordingly, to the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) or to the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court). Maintains proper client files and documentary evidence required to prove eligibility for legal benefits and equities under INA. Determines the fees for services to be charged to each individual client taking into account both the complexity of the legal service that is being provided and the income guidelines established in our sliding-scale fee schedule. Participates in community events (some of them on weekend) performing different tasks including but not limited to: registration, intake, interpretation, form filling, or review and assessment Imparts presentations on immigration legal benefits and facilitates workshops both at the Program’s permanent site, at the parishes within the Archdiocese of San Francisco and in other community event organized by our Agency, Latin-American consulates, and other organizations. Administrative duties as determined by the director.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent experience. Equivalent experience may include advanced experience working in a legal environment. Previous BIA Accreditation preferred. 2+ years of direct experience providing legal immigration services and working knowledge of immigration law, policies and procedures required.Bachelors or better in Law or related field. Masters or better in Social Work. 2 years of direct experience providing legal immigration services and working knowledge of immigration law, policies and procedures required. Previous BIA Accreditation preferred. Bilingual (English/Spanish) required. Capacity to work under pressure with minimal supervision. Computer proficiency (Immigration Software preferred, Word, PowerPoint, E-mail, Internet). Excellent listening, communication, facilitation and influencing skills. Demonstrated planning, presentation and organizational skills. Demonstrated creativity and high energy. Ability to market programs, make sound judgments and maintain perspective. Collaborative and able to develop, support and maintain positive relationships. Experience working with or in a Parish or other faith-based community. Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge, and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Catholic Charities of San Francisco
36 37th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403