World Relief - Chicago (WRC) assists with the resettlement of refugees through cultural adjustment and employment services, mental health services, and English classes. WRC also offers comprehensive immigration-related legal services in the Immigrant Legal Services (ILS) department. ILS is recognized by the Department of Justice (DOJ). This position provides immigration counseling and legal services to immigrants and refugees before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and participates at naturalization application preparation workshops. With the relevant experience and training and/or prior DOJ accredited representative status, the person staffing this position should immediately seek accreditation from the Department of Justice, or be a licensed attorney to be able to represent individuals before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration benefits;
Assist individuals with completing their immigration paperwork as appropriate, including DACA requests, VAWA self-petitions, U visa cases and waivers of inadmissibility;
As needed, assist individuals with completing their naturalization applications in bi-monthly naturalization application preparation workshops
Provide explanation of benefits and case procedure to individuals;
Advocate for clients before USCIS;
Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure.
Record client information in the ILS case management system and maintain organized case files;
Participate in regular department and staff meetings
As needed, and in collaboration with the Citizenship Project Coordinator, assist in the set-up of naturalization workshops, and participate in these workshops as legal screener.
Assist the Immigrant Legal Services Director with update of internal materials, such as document checklists, manuals, monthly visa bulletins, and trouble-shoot administrative issues
Train incoming legal interns on online case management tool, processing of incoming USCIS correspondence and legal processes
Supervise legal interns assigned to assist with case preparation for own case load
Other duties as assigned.
Occasionally participate in community-based educational outreach to the immigrant community and conducts informational presentations at churches.
Personal Christian faith, a heart to serve the vulnerable and commitment to the mission, vision and values of World Relief
A. with previous Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representative status at a non-profit organization or enough relevant training and experience in immigration and naturalization law to be able to immediately apply for DOJ accreditation; in the alternative, being a licensed attorney in any state.
Highly detail oriented and self-directed
Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish required;
Strong relational skills and cross-cultural understanding;
Program development, management, and implementation experience preferred;
Experience with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs, internet research;
Apply online: Go to https://www.worldrelief.org/careers and click on Career Opportunities, go to Illinois. Click search and then click on Immigration Attorney.
A pastoral letter of recommendation is required and a format for such a letter will be provided once initial contact is established with the candidate.
Legal Background in the United States.
World Relief is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. This means that we conduct hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, membership in any labor organization, political ideology, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual. The status of World Relief as an equal opportunity employer does not prevent the organization from hiring staff based on their religious beliefs, so that all staff share the same religious commitment.