Special Counsel
- Senior Immigration Paralegal
At a glance
Location: US-NY-New York Map
Posted: 10/14/2019
Closing: 11/13/2019
Degree: Not Specified
Type: Full-Time
Experience: Not Specified
Job description

New York City office of Am Law firm is looking for an experienced Immigration Paralegal to assist a busy practice.

Duties and Accountabilities:

- Consult with and provide information to attorneys on immigration and procedural options on assigned matters
- Confer with clients and guide them through requirements for various immigration filings
- Legal research
- Filings and applications
- Dockets
- Prepare, generate and maintain reports and data as requested
- Special projects

Must know:

  • B-1/B-2 business (and tourist) visitor status
  • E-1/2 treaty trader/investor status
  • E-3 Australian temporary professional status
  • F-1 student status
  • H-1B temporary professional
  • H-2 temporary worker
  • H-3 trainee status
  • J-1 exchange visitor
  • L-1 intra-company transferee
  • O-1 extraordinary ability worker
  • P-1 status for leading performers and athletes, with status  for related dependent, and essential support personnel
  • TN (Treaty-NAFTA) temporary professional status.

Business categories 

  • First preference: Extraordinary Ability Aliens (Star athletes, performers, and others), outstanding researchers, and multinational executives and managers
  • Second Preference: Advanced degree professionals, exceptional ability aliens, and national interest waivers
  • Third preference: Bachelor’s degree professionals, skilled workers, and others
  • Fifth preference, as needed: employment-creation permanent residence status

Permanent Labor Certification applications:

  • Working knowledge of the PERM regulations and key BALCA decisions impacting the PERM process
  • Application Process: maintain thorough familiarity with the electronic application process and be able to use it to file compliant applications
  • Processes for required State Workforce Agency (SWA) recruitment and SWA prevailing wage determinations
  • Advise clients of regulatory deadlines and ensure the timeliness of clients recruitment and submission of results to firm
  • Ensure and monitor compliance with recruitment requirements
  • Identify and discuss with attorney areas where lawful, job-related recruitment decisions are at issue
  • Familiarity with occupational classifications under various DOL rubrics, including O*Net, the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP).
  • Evidentiary and Audit-Readiness Requirements, including preparation of audit-ready file prior to attorney approval for filing with a compliant recruitment report and supporting documents.
  • Package and file certified PERM applications with immigrant petitions.

Family Based categories:

  • K-1 and K-3 visas
  • Immigrant petitions and related adjustment applications for immediate relatives, and for family members in the family based preference categories
  • Applications for employment and travel authorization pursuant to same, and applications for benefits necessary to maintain status


  • Requirements and applications for naturalization
  • Applications for naturalization under Section 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • Applications for renunciation of citizenship


  • Compliance with NSEERS requirements (generally for nationals of certain Muslim-majority nations)
  • NSEERS waiver applications


  • Consular processing in general, for both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, and an ability to quickly ascertain local rules in consulates world-wide.  This includes complex processes such as
    • Domestic servant B-1 visas for transferred managers and executives
    • Heavily documented B-1 and other visa applications for clients with prior denials
  • Work with otherl offices as necessary on consular matters
  • Department of Homeland Security/United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) petition and application requirements for changes of status, extensions of status, adjustment of status immigrant petitions (employment and family based) employment authorization parole, re-entry, and refugee travel documents permanent residence card and all other CIS applications.
  • Admission processes at Ports of Entry, including applications for TN, L, and other complex border processes for Canadian nationals seeking admission to the U.S. for work or business and requirements and processes for admission under the Visa Waiver Pilot Program.

Foreign Country “Outbound” Visas

  • Research and communicate to clients the foreign countries’ work and visitor visa requirements as needed
  • Work with foreign consulates in the U.S. to obtain visas for clients’ key personnel, and others as requested
  • Work with global offices of the Firm to assist with foreign country visa and work-visa applications

Must have at least 5 years of experience
Must have a Bachelor's Degree
Ability to perform on-line and print research, including AILA.
Ability to utilize or quickly learn to utilize Immigration Tracker case management tool and other in-house immigration software tools
Willingness and ability to work overtime and long hours
Ability to travel as needed
Foreign language, highly preferred

If qualified, interested and available in this Senior Immigration Paralegal job, please send an MS Word version of your resume to specialcounsel.com
Senior Immigration Paralegal