Immigration Intern

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International Rescue Committee - San Jose
1210 South Bascom Ave #227
San Jose, CA
Posted: March 10 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 3 Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

BACKGROUND
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new refugee arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

SCOPE OF INTERN WORK
After a refugee resettles in the US, that is not the end of their legal road to become a US citizen. Refugees must apply for their green card one year after they have been in the US and then for their citizenship after five years. Additionally, refugees also need legal assistance to help bring over spouses and other family members. The Immigration Intern will help provide these and other forms of legal services to clients seeking immigration assistance.

Responsibilities

RESPONSIBILITIES:.
• Assist immigration staff in helping refugees, asylees, and other immigrants apply for adjustment of status (green cards), United States citizenship, family petitions and other immigration benefits:
o Conduct initial eligibility assessments of potential applicants
o Assist with accurate completion of application forms for clients
o Assist clients with additional necessary procedures, such as requests for evidence and follow-up advocacy
• Help conduct outreach to refugees and other immigrants in need of assistance with immigration-related matters
o Assist with immigration and citizenship informational forums
o Conduct outreach mailings
• Hold informational presentations about the IRC's immigration services
• Assist immigration team with tracking, filing, and mailing relevant documents, applications, and notices of action
• Maintain up-to-date client data in online immigration data base

Requirements

COMMITMENT
15 hours per week (either 2 - 3 four/eight hours shifts per week, to be completed between 9 am – 4 pm M – F.)


REQUIREMENTS
We require that candidates have the following qualities:
• Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness
• Excellent communication skills (both interpersonal and with supervisors)
• Possess a great attention to detail and be truly organized
• Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently in a fast-paced office.
• An interest in international and refugee issues
• Computer literacy with PC systems
• Minimum of 2 years of completed undergraduate experience
• Fluency in Spanish and/or Vietnamese preferred, but not required

Skills

Required - Flexibility, Exceptionally Organized, Motivated self-starter
Preferred - Vietnamese, Fluent Spanish

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