Immigration Legal Assistant
- Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
- Location: Seattle
- Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
- Legal - Broad
- Administrative support
- Closing Date:
The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has a presence in over 40 countries and 27 offices in the United States; the IRC leads the way from harm to home. IRC opened an office in Seattle in 1976 and provides a continuum of services including intensive case management, employment assistance, immigration services, health and wellness programming, and education support to refugee and immigrant families in Washington State. IRC Washington is committed to providing trauma-informed, equitable, and accessible services and maintaining and evolving a diverse, inclusive, and supportive workplace.
IRC's immigration legal services program serves more than 14,000 individuals in 23 sites throughout the U.S. each year, providing accessible and critical legal representation and advice to immigrants and their families in order to acquire the highest level of immigration status available, keep families together, access their full rights, and successfully integrate in the U.S.
The position supports legal practitioners (Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representatives) in representing clients before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and conducting community-based naturalization workshops. Legal services focus on naturalization, adjustment of status, and family reunification.
- Under the supervision of Legal Representative, provide clients information on immigration benefits before USCIS, work with clients to gather documents, and assist clients to complete applications.
- Respond to inquiries from clients regarding case status and submit inquiries on case status to USCIS and Department of State (DOS).
- Process correspondence from USCIS and DOS, including notifying clients, assisting clients to prepare responses to notices or evidence requests as appropriate, and following up with relevant parties.
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date physical and electronic files and detailed case notes, enter required data in a timely manner, meet all case reporting requirements within established timelines and standards, and assist in the completion of statistical, narrative, and financial reports.
- Represent IRC with clients, community members, and partners by receiving and returning phone calls and emails, scheduling appointments, supporting events (including group processing events), and conducting outreach for legal services.
- Maintain strict client confidentiality and observe all other ethical practices/obligations as outlined in IRC’s Immigration Program Policies Manual.
- Participate in all required trainings and webinars relevant to the job description.
- Manage intern and volunteer support as needed.
- Degree in relevant field, or equivalent professional and/or lived experience.
- Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment and with Limited English Proficient people.
- Able to work effectively in a team environment, as well as take independent initiative.
- Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) and comfortable utilizing online software and programs.
- Excellent communication skills with proficiency in written and spoken English and professional proficiency in Spanish is required.
- Demonstrated dedication to immigrant rights, social justice, and/or human rights based on work experience, volunteer service, or educational activities.
- Commitment to anti-racism and ongoing learning.
Preferred experience & skills:
- Previous experience with immigration legal or social services is strongly preferred.
- Familiarity with immigration software and experience with data entry and management are a plus.
- Community-based outreach and/or work promoting immigrant rights experience is preferred.
- Standard office environment with occasional opportunities to participate in community outreach and legal assistance events. Currently IRC Seattle is a hybrid office/remote work environment. This position requires in-person, in-office work with the option of occasional remote work.
- May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.
Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.