The position provides direct immigration assistance to persons/families needing immigration legal assistance within the scope of Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Assistance Services’ (CC-ILAS). This position provides legal representation to persons before the Department of Homeland Security United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Essential Job Functions:
Immigration legal assistance
Conduct client interviews to determine if clients are eligible for federal immigration benefits;
Complete appropriate immigration applications for clients under the direct supervision of an Immigration attorney or BIA Accredited Representative until personally accredited;
Conduct legal research to ensure compliance with immigration laws and regulations;
KMake appropriate referrals as necessary for immigration legal services beyond the scope of the program or one’s own competencies, and for other social service needs;
Conduct on-site consultations at partner sites;
Maintain all case records and documentation mandated by Catholic Charities and CC-ILAS policies and procedures.
Represent clients before the Department of Homeland Security after applying for and receiving accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Actively participate or present information relevant to the immigrant community held periodically for the immigrant community;
Assist in public relations efforts which increase the visibility of CC-ILAS, publicize immigration issues faced by immigrants and raise community awareness on immigration issues.
Participate in monthly round table discussion of immigration files as well as weekly meetings with ILAS Program Director;
Conduct open and closed case file reviews as mandated by Council on Accreditation;
Collect data for United Way and other funding sources.
ddKnowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must be bilingual in English and Spanish;
Understanding of, and sensitivity to, people of low-income and multi-cultural backgrounds;
Ability to work with and be sensitive to non-English speakers;
Ability to function as an active, collaborative, team member, sometimes across agency lines;
Ability to translate between English and Spanish and vice versa, fluently and accurately;
Proficient in Microsoft Office;
Some knowledge of the U.S. immigration system desirable;
Ability to read, analyze and apply legal material to client’s cases;
Ability to interview client, listening for information and following up with additional, appropriate questions;
Ability to present information effectively to an adult group in a public education forum;
Knowledge and ability to access the internet and research legal information;
Ability to be detail oriented and manage a large caseload;
Ability to prioritize multiple projects and ensure all deadlines are met;
Ability to be organized and delegate tasks to other members of the team to complete;
Must be able to work with victims of domestic violence and be sensitive to their needs and situation;
Ability to qualify for Board of Immigration Appeals accreditation.
Work experience in the immigration legal field, other legal fields or social service is preferred (1-3 years);
Experience working one-on-one, with people dealing with very personal information requiring confidentiality (1-3 years);
Work experience in researching and in handling legal matters (1-3 years);
Computer proficiency including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
4 year college degree required.