Provides services and implements the immigration program in consultation with the Center Director and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS). Performs duties within the norms of Civil Law.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintain current knowledge of and provide immigration services to qualifying clients in accordance with code of conduct, organization mission statement and accreditation standards. Maintain current knowledge of immigration law developments.
- Conduct client interviews; provide case assessments of aliens' immigration situations.
- Advise clients regarding their immigration situation and available options. Assist with preparation and documentation of immigration forms. Review immigration related correspondence with clients.
- Conduct legal research and prepare briefs and legal documents.
- Appear at USCIS local office on behalf of clients. Inquire at the local and national immigration office on application status.
- Assist clients in finding pro-bono or low cost attorneys; make appropriate referrals for other immigration matters.
- Coordinate and receive referrals from all accredited agencies throughout the State of Michigan.
Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification
- Bachelors' degree and partial or full BIA accreditation status, or equivalent combination of education and experience. (i.e. Associates degree and 2 years' experience).
- One year experience in refugee related work, community services and immigration preferred.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
- Ability and willingness to work with refugees.
- Strong interpersonal skill with ability and willingness to work with refugees. Ability to demonstrate cross cultural sensitivity, compassion and patience towards persons served.
- Strong knowledge and understanding of the needs of refugee services.
- Ability to speak, read and write fluent English and the native language of refugee clients; ability to translate in both written and verbal forms.
- Ability to interact effectively and professionally with staff, clients, community and business organizations and governmental agencies.
- Ability and willingness to work as part of a team in achieving common goals.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn to utilize various computer programs including Internet.
Additional Work Requirements
- Valid unrestricted driver's license with good driving record. Reliable personal automobile with valid proof of automobile insurance.
- May work extended or non-traditional hours.
Physical and Mental Requirements
- Ability to move freely about.
- Near visual acuity.
- Finger and hand dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
- Stoops, bends, twists, and frequently lifts supplies up to 25 lbs.
At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to “Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple”. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!
We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.
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