Citizenship and Integration Legal Counselor

Reports to: Immigraiton Legal Services Program Coordinator
Team: Immigration and Refugee Program / Lancaster Office
Location: Lancaster, PA
Grade: 3
Starting salary: $28,787-$31,658
Status: Non-Exempt, Non-Bargaining Unit

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.

To Apply:

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Primary Purpose:

The Citizenship & Integration Legal Counselor is responsible for providing legal immigration services and some outreach for the Citizenship & Integration Direct Services Program.  This position will promote the citizenship education and application prep program, identify eligible clients for placement in the program, and supply legal counsel and citizenship application preparation and follow-up.

Essential Duties as Citizenship and Integration Legal Counselor:

  • Provides legal counsel on citizenship.  Correctly completes and files Form N-400, Application for Naturalization for eligible clients, as well as the Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, and Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver when necessary
  • Determines clients’ eligibility, specific needs and qualifications for both education and legal services, including English language ability and eligibility for naturalization through intake and assessment process.
  • Records client progress in case file, including services provided, enrollments and completions of class, applications to USCIS and results, and maintains accurate statistics for reporting purposes.
  • Conducts outreach to identify and locate eligible clients through contacts with other voluntary agencies, local media, mutual assistance associations, ethnic organizations, ethnic community media, and other social service agencies.
  • Responds to all inquiries for information and speaking engagements regarding the Citizenship Education and Application Preparation program.
  • Works closely with ESL/civics instructor to verify attendance and progress of clients in classes.
  • Coordinates and facilitates Citizenship Workshops in collaboration with ESL/civics instructors and Immigration Legal Services Program staff.
  • Meets with enrolled clients regularly throughout class session to track progress and work on naturalization application after completion.
  • Tracks clients’ success after completion of class re: application for citizenship, pass/fail citizenship exam, attainment of citizenship.

Common Duties:

  • Advocates on behalf of refugees and immigrants and voluntary agencies serving those populations.
  • Keeps informed about legal immigration issues concerning naturalization and updates in the law, and available services to refugees, using current information to better identify and serve refugee clients.
  • Attends local and national Immigration Legal Services conferences as instructed by the Associate Director for Programs to obtain/maintain accreditation with the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Raise awareness about immigration and refugee issues and increases IRP/Lancaster’s visibility in the community through speaking engagements.
  • Represents CWS in meetings and in interactions with other agencies.
  • Helps the Immigration Legal Services Program Coordinator and Associate Director for Programs in preparing reports as requested.  Undertakes other duties as assigned.
  • Performs all duties in culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.  Work varied hours.

Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience:  Familiarity with US immigration issues and terminology and process of attaining citizenship.  Experience with immigration representation and other areas of immigration law including full or partial accreditation through the Board of Immigration Appeals or law degree is strongly preferred.

Other SkillsFluency in Spanish required.  Superior written and verbal communication skills are required. The successful candidate must be computer literate, with proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word and Access) and internet applications.


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