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Religious Immigration Services Staff Attorney Duties: Represent 150+ individual cases before Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Administrative Appeals Office. Advise dioceses and religious institutes on immigration options for individuals they are sponsoring. Exercise independent legal judgment and discretion in clientsâ€™ work. Maintain a broad knowledge and understanding of U.S. immigration law. Help dioceses and religious institutes to develop immigration priorities which will impact an individualâ€™s immigration status and the organizationâ€™s ability to minister to Catholic populations. Maintain regular contact with consular officers and DHS liaisons. Advise clients on long-term planning on immigration status, permanent residence, and naturalization. Research immigration law and regulations. Analyze complex legal issues with long-term implications. Analyze individualâ€™s immigration documents and organizationâ€™s qualifying documents. Review clientâ€™s immigration history and background. Develop strategies tailored to individual cases which impact major life decisions. Communicate and consult daily on immigration matters with clients and potential clients. Respond daily to email, phone calls, faxes, etc. from clients. Prepare and provide site visits to dioceses and religious institutes to assist them on complex immigration law and options, and to help them establish appropriate internal procedures regarding foreign-born religious workers. Manage cases from the initial non-immigrant stage through permanent residence and naturalization. Maintain expertise in managing caseload through the Sectionâ€™s Case Management Software (CMS). Update CMS on a daily basis with case notes, reminders, call-ups, and new documents. Regular review of all active files to ensure compliance with immigration law, current information and documents, and to determine immediate or future action. Prepare monthly reports on pending cases, completed cases, current caseload, requests for evidence, appeals, and delayed cases due to USCIS backlogs. Participate in weekly case management meetings. Advise clients on record keeping and strategic planning for immigration purposes. Maintain client confidentiality in providing dual representation for dioceses/religious communities, and religious workers. Work closely with Advocacy Section to develop priorities and strategies for advocacy, providing Advocacy Section with compelling stories of religious worker cases. Provide support on religious immigration issues as needed. Work with Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to assist with individual advocacy of specific cases. Contact members of Congress on individual constituent cases. Respond to government regulations affecting religious worker cases. Willingness to understand, respect and contribute to CLINICâ€™s vision, values, and beliefs Fulfill CLINICâ€™s expectations that all staff:. Serve with integrity. Develop innovative solutions. Promote learning â€“ for themselves, for their colleagues, and for our network. Cultivate constructive relationships. Prepare and provide trainings for staff of dioceses and religious institutes, through seminars, workshops, and webinars. Work with Training and Legal Support Section in developing training programs for attorneys and staff of CLINIC affiliates. Prepare and or contribute to a quarterly newsletter and pamphlets on religious immigration issues to inform clients on religious immigration issues. Staff a weekly helpline to respond to religious immigration questions from non-clients. Respond to inquiries from the Training and Legal Support Section on religious immigration questions. Provide information to the Capacity Building Section about affiliate needs for support and remedial interventions. Act in a formal â€œleadâ€ or â€œseniorâ€ role over other positions that essentially perform the same work. Outreach and Development of Organizational Clients. Participate in working groups on religious immigration issues with national Catholic partner agencies, non-Catholic agencies, and American Immigration Lawyersâ€™ Association. Promote on-site consultations for religious institutes, dioceses and seminaries to review their policies and procedures on religious immigration cases. As assigned, accept opportunities to speak at conferences held by the Legal Resource Center for Religious, National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, National Religious Vocation Conference, and International Priest Institute at Oblate School of Theology and other religious institutes, dioceses and seminaries. As assigned, writes articles and participates in seminars on religious immigration issues sponsored by other organizations. Conduct outreach to other organization for invitations to write articles, participate in seminars and to speak on religious immigration issues. Through the Helpline, offer legal services for a fee to qualifying organizations. Market the Sectionâ€™s legal services to dioceses and religious communities. Represent the perspective of the Sectionâ€™s Convening Team.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Must be admitted to the Bar and licensed to practice law and will be responsible for carrying a substantial caseload. Must have immigration law experience and a strong commitment to public interest law. Fluency in a foreign language is also helpful.
Requisition ID: 1018
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