Immigration Attorney, World Relief Seattle (WRS)

 

As the local affiliate of the international humanitarian organization World Relief, World Relief Seattle (WRS) has served refugees and vulnerable immigrants in Western Washington since 1979. World Relief’s mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable. Our vision is to see every refugee and vulnerable immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community and empowered for community.

World Relief Seattle’s Immigration Legal Services (ILS) team is a U.S. Department of Justice- recognized program that provides high quality legal representation on immigration matters from our office in Kent. We tailor our services to meet the needs of our target populations: refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, undocumented immigrants, those in detention, and low-income immigrants. In the last 18 months, we have quadrupled our ILS staff in response to increased demand from these communities. World Relief Seattle’s ILS team consists of three DOJ-accredited representatives and a Legal Assistant.

Position:
The Immigration Attorney will play a critical role in World Relief Seattle’s growing Immigration Legal Services (ILS) team. The primary role of the Immigration Attorney will be to advise and represent clients with our priority legal services, which include naturalization, adjustments of status, document renewal (green cards & work authorization), and family immigration petitions. The Immigration Attorney will begin representation of clients in removal proceedings in late 2020.

Responsibilities:

  • Client services:
    • Provide substantive legal screening to determine clients’ benefit eligibility
    • Explain immigration benefits and advise clients on best actions to take for their specific case
    • Assist clients with completing applications for immigration benefits
    • Represent clients before USCIS, including filing applications, advocating for clients, and corresponding with USCIS, such as Requests for Evidence (RFE)
    • Perform factual and legal research for personal caseload and in support of other ILS
      team members
    • Communicate with clients about important steps, opportunities, and threats related to their immigration situation Advocate zealously for clients before USCIS and EOI
  • Administration
    • Maintain up-to-date record of client data and case progress in LawLogix database
    • Ensure case files are up-to-date with most recent client documents and USCIS notices
    • Respond promptly to client emails and phone calls
    • Reply to USCIS Requests for Evidence
  • Training
    • Train other ILS team members on relevant legal topics, including how to file new kinds of immigration petitions
    • Attend relevant trainings to promote an ever-growing knowledge of immigration law and tactics
    • Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as it impacts low-income immigrants and refugees
    • Train and supervise law students and pro bono attorney partners
  • Outreach & community education
    • Assist with advertising WRS Immigration Legal Services to target immigrant populations
    • Participate in and lead community education events on topics of legal importance to target immigrant populations


Qualifications:

  • A desire to serve immigrants and refugees in support of the mission and vision of World Relief
  • Attorney in good standing with a state bar
  • Previous knowledge and understanding of immigration law and systems
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English highly desired
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from a wide range of cultural, racial, and
    language backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage a varied and demanding caseload, including
    excellent time-management, priority-setting, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel, Word & PowerPoint


How to Apply:
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