Renders highly confidential direct immigration legal counseling assistance to clients concerning immigration matters with emphasis on Family Reunification, Naturalization, Violence against Women Act (VAWA), and U Visas, involving analysis and evaluation of data based on current U.S. Immigration and Naturalization laws as related to their cases. Gathers information about individual cases to determine eligibility, advises clients on securing necessary documents to complete the required immigration forms. Refers complex cases to primarily pro-bono or low bono immigration attorneys as appropriate with approval from the program director and after written authorization of release of information from client.
Prepares the necessary immigration forms required by the US immigration laws and regulations for clients eligible to receive the immigration benefit and provides guidance regarding process involved, observing the professional conduct- rules and procedures for practitioners under the National Accreditation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) which govern the professional conduct for attorneys and accredited representatives.
Accompanies and represent clients before the USCIS Chicago District office, Department of Homeland Security, State Department, Consulates and Embassies abroad.
Responsible for taking fingerprints.
Participates in the planning of confidential administrative and organizational matters at the request of the program director.
Gathers appropriate data regarding Immigration laws, regulations and court decisions. Responsible for monitoring and procurement of ongoing technical data and research analysis on significant developments of Citizenship and Immigration Laws.
Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Notarizes documents when needed.
Maintains up-to-date and accurate client files and databases, as required by agency/programmatic policies and procedures, professional standards, and external requirements of all relevant regulatory, licensing or accrediting bodies in the course of performing job expectations. Generate reports as required for funder and program compliance as needed.
Participates in community outreach and education related to immigration law and benefits available to immigrants.
Preferred Requirements: Master’s degree. Five years of experience in paralegal, social services or a related field.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree. Two years of experience in paralegal, social services or a related field. Forty hours domestic violence certificate.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.