Immigration Counselor or Immigration Attorney

Position Title:  Immigration Counselor or Immigration Attorney

Reporting Relationship:  Director of Immigration Legal Services

Status: FT with benefits                                             

Arrive Ministries: Is a faith-based organization that envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually. We work primarily with refugees resettled in Minnesota.

Primary Purpose of this Position:

To provide quality immigration legal services to the Twin Cities refugee and immigrant communities.

Direct Service Provider

  • Explain to client’s immigration benefit eligibility, current immigration laws, and filing processes in comprehensible formats.
  • Complete in-depth legal screenings, complete USCIS forms, and submit applications to USCIS for such services as green cards, citizenship and family reunification.
  • Complete data entry in department tracking databases for all clients.
  • Provide ongoing legal representation to clients with open cases. Potential tasks include but are not limited to the following: assist clients in responding to RFEs (Requests for Evidence), address changes, case processing requests, attend client interviews with USCIS.
  • Grow knowledge of US Immigration laws and policies through regular immigration trainings and research.

Department Administrative Support

  • Maintain department administrative databases.
  • Work collaboratively with Immigration Department staff and other colleagues.
  • Attend to walk-in clients and answer phone inquiries.
  • Other projects within the Immigration Department as needed.

Afghan Preferred Communities ORR Contract Provider

  • Coordinate client services
  • Work collaboratively with partner agencies
  • Database entry and upkeep of files according to World Relief and ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement) standards.
  • Ensure outcomes achieved meet goals as specified in ORR contracts.
  • Prepare dashboards for monthly Arrive Ministries staff meetings and report on contract outcomes.
  • Serve as first point of contact for issues and questions related to ORR contract.
  • Prepare case files for the ORR audits.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required, Master’s degree in a relevant field (Social Work, Nonprofit Management, etc.), J.D. or DOJ (Department of Justice) accreditation preferred.
  • Willing to work toward DOJ accreditation, if not a J.D. or have current DOJ accreditation
    • Agree to the Arrive Ministries Statement of faith, values and code of conduct.
    • Proven cross-cultural communication skills and experience.
    • Able to speak, read, and write fluently in the English language, multilingual capabilities preferred.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency using computer applications for writing, record keeping, and research.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, quick-learner, efficient worker with proven ability to produce high-quality outcomes.
  • Comfortable in a high-intensity environment and ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Patience and compassion with people in crisis, and ability to handle limited-English speaking clients.
  • Excellent time management and problem-solving abilities.
  • Licensed and insured driver with ability to use own vehicle for work at off-site partnership locations.
  • Agree with and adhere to Transform Minnesota’s Statement of Faith, Core Values and Code of Conduct.

Desired Knowledge, Skill, and Experience:

  • Previous experience with immigration legal services and/or previous DOJ accreditation.
  • Experience managing and developing people and programs.
  • Multilingual capabilities.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and / or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitude to perform each duty proficiently.

February 27, 2023
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