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The Immigration Assistant is responsible for providing general support to Paralegals and Attorneys with a variety of tasks and activities. This person will begin to learn and understand the immigration process by assisting in the preparation of documents and applications while learning how to communicate with clients. He/she must project a professional image for the firm through in-person and phone interaction.
The Senior Paralegal is responsible for working with attorneys in the preparation, filing, and monitoring of various immigration and nationality law matters. Additionally, the Senior Paralegal is recognized for their expertise in a particular area of practice, or several areas of practice. The Senior Paralegal therefore serves as a team and practice group resource.
This postion is on one of our fast paced teams, handling a variety of case types and with a high level of client interaction. This is the perfect team for someone who wants to learn or increase their knowledge base in different areas of business immigration law.
- Frequently communicates with assignees and HR contacts, often serving as main point of contact. Can respond to questions directly, without additional research.
- Provides guidance to assignees and HR contacts regarding proprietary systems and case processing – understand how and what client is seeing from their system access.
- Thorough understanding of multiple communication procedures and requirements for assignees and HR contacts; reviews work of Immigration Assistants/Paralegals.
- Inputs client services rendered and sends to Accounting for processing.
- Demonstrates mastery of multiple case types, continually builds on knowledge and develops expertise in new areas; independently handles cases; teaches and mentors others; coordinates flow of cases and oversees project (Case load may decrease in volume when management responsibilities increase).
- Recognized for their expertise in several areas of practice and, therefore; serves as a team and practice group resource.
- Processes a high volume of cases and works on cases of increasing complexity and variation; coordinates work for a major client and/or multiple client(s), and is responsible for an increasingly larger scope of work.
- Evaluates problematic cases and proactive provides strategies and/or solutions to issues, partnering with Attorney as needed.
- Prepares forms, letters, documents and correspondence for attorney review; adapts tools and resources for casework which deviates from templates; applies knowledge of BAL practices and contributes new best practices and contributes new best practices.
- Leverages BAL expertise to partner with Knowledge Management in developing new materials.
- Manages status of all filed applications and petitions and finalizes documents after attorney review.
- Utilizes document and data management systems to prepare, monitor, and record all aspects of client casework as per BAL policy; reviews work of Immigration Assistants/Paralegals.
- Prepares internal caseload reports for management; generates in-depth reports for internal and external use to serve as effective quality assurance and to assist in client management. Manipulates the date for attorney review.
- Shares process flow with assignees; Identifies problematic cases and discusses strategies and/or solutions with Attorney, and at times prepares memos for attorney.
- Performs independent research to obtain information such as background on a company or industry, current wages, processing procedures, standard processing times, etc.; reviews research performed by others.
- Initiates contact with government agencies to obtain necessary information alerts attorney regarding potential process delays/problems and ensures these are addressed and resolved.
- Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team. Provides individuals information so that they can make accurate decisions. Is timely with information.
- Is good at establishing clear directions. Sets stretching objectives. Distributes the workload appropriately. Lays out the work in a well-planned and organized manner. Is a clear communicator and maintains two-way dialogue with others on the work and results. Brings out the best in people.
- Acts as a mentor and guide on a day-to-day basis for team members. Provides developmental feedback to others directly related to work on specific area dos practice. Involves team members in achieving project goals and timelines as a way to learn and contribute to the process. Provides orientation to new employees. Evaluates content and delivery methods for training programs.
Minimum Education Level:
- Bachelor’s degree + 1-year law-related experience under licensed attorney; or, PL certificate from ABA approved program.
- Requires 5+ years of U.S. corporate immigration experience.
Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrate mastery of Paralegal skills.
- Have received performance reviews at the “Excellent” level in the areas of Quality, Quantity, and Professionalism for the past two years.
- Proven ability to handle a high volume of cases.
- Proven ability to become thoroughly proficient in handling complex, challenging, and VIP cases.
- Proven ability to manage corporate clients as it relates to area of specialization.
- Comprehensive knowledge of Team practice.
- Ability to quickly absorb, learn and become skilled at a variety of legal work.
- Proven ability to be the “Go To” person on Team.
- Able and willing to share knowledge with others and effectively communicate policies/procedures/protocols to all.
- Capable of highly independent work.