Paralegal (Haitian Creole)

November 16, 2016

Reports To:               Attorney
Team:                         Immigration & Refugee – Palm Beach County
Salary:                        $32,000 – $34,000

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:
Please visit the link below to apply directly online to this position.

http://cws.applicantstack.com/x/apply/a2h9xbotm2yb

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Communications
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Primary Purpose:

Assist the Attorney and/or other paralegals in the preparation of the case files including compiling application packets in an accurate fashion by completing required accompanying documents and providing interpretation/translation for attorney(s) and/or clients when necessary. Perform outreach in the community. This position is stationed in Palm Beach County.

Essential Duties:

  • Analyze each applicant to determine eligibility for desired immigration benefit.
  • Spot potential problems and issues in each instance that may prevent applicant from receiving desired benefit.
  • Identify potential solutions for identified issues and problems.
  • Conduct intake and/or exit interviews and determine client eligibility for services.
  • Assist clients in completing their immigration applications, including, but limited to employment authorization (I-765); permanent residence (I-485); asylum (I-589); parole renewal (I-94); citizenship (N-400).
  • Compile application packets in an accurate fashion by completing required accompanying documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, photographs, translations, etc.
  • Develop and maintain accurate Case List and manage case files.
  • Stay abreast of developments in immigration laws and changes in procedures.
  • Act as interpreter or translator as needed.
  • Review and clip relevant newspaper articles and file for later reference.
  • Performs outreach during evening and weekends when necessary.
  • Work from community partners locations as assigned.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.

Qualifications:

Education: 
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience required.

Experience:
Previous work experience with asylum seekers, refugees, asylees, and immigrant entrants. Fluency in Haitian Creole, with strong writing skills in English required.

Other Skills:

Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet, database and Web-based applications.