Immigration Attorney/DOJ Accredited Representative
The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) improves the stability, health, and wellness of those we serve through advocacy, acculturation, community development and cultural preservation.
The Chaldean Community Foundation is seeking a bi-lingual Immigration Attorney or DOJ Accredited Representative to join its Sterling Heights location. The ideal candidate is fluent in English, Arabic and/or Chaldean/Aramaic with an understanding of the Chaldean community and the plight of refugees.
Assist clients by providing legal consultation related to immigration matters and in pursuing social services related to immigration, as well as other services offered through the CCF including unemployment, job placement/career counseling, English as a second language (ESL), housing, transportation, financial aid, mental health services and medical care.
Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities
• Conduct client intake interviews and assessments.
• Assess eligibility for immigration benefits and explain eligibility and procedure to the client.
• Provide legal advice in Immigration related matters.
• Accompany clients to legal proceedings related to immigration matters, including USCIS appearances.
• Prepare adjustment of status applications (I-485, I-765, I-90, N-400, N-600, N-565, etc.) and supporting documentation.
• Research and stay current on immigration policies and issues.
• Write cover-letters and immigration-briefs in support of immigration benefits sought.
• Follow up on case outcome with clients and USCIS.
• Maintain knowledge of a variety of services offered or secured including immigration, unemployment, job placement/career counseling, English as a second
language (ESL), citizenship, housing, transportation, financial aid, mental health services and medical care.
• Record and report all client activities with a high level of accuracy, detail, and confidentiality.
• Direct clients to other resources or social service agencies as needed.
• Serve as an advocate on behalf of clients.
• Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
• Juris Doctor degree from an accredited college or university or DOJ Accreditation.
• Admission to Michigan State bar.
• Requires 1 – 2 years of experience as an Attorney which may be substituted for prior employment as a Paralegal.
• Outstanding legal research, writing and public speaking skills preferred.
• Dedication to providing high quality legal assistance and capable of handling complex legal issues on behalf of low-income immigrant population.
• Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail relating to the completion of forms.
• Commitment to providing service to immigrants and compassion for the issues faced by
the low-income and refugee community.
• Knowledge of concepts including consular processing, adjustment of status, immediate
relative, priority dates, petition for alien relative, deportation/removal defense, and other
general immigration law.
• Familiarity with USCIS, National Visa Center (NVC), InfoPass, and other immigration related departments.
• Candidate must be bi-lingual, Arabic and or Chaldean/Aramaic speaking.
• Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License and appropriate insurance.