What is an Immigration Paralegal Job Really Like?
Paralegal jobs can be so interesting!
In my book, Legal Break-In, I list several paralegal positions and duties involved with each one.
In this post, I focus on the Immigration Paralegal. This field requires specific forms that are filled out by the paralegal with the information provided by the client.
Let’s start from the beginning.
The client sets up an appointment to meet with the immigration attorney. Sometimes the client comes alone or with family members. The attorney will often times meet the client alone, without the paralegal, however, some assistants have been asked to sit in on meetings to take notes that the attorney would later go over.
The paralegal will often speak to the client over the phone to ask for more information for the forms which must be filed with the court. Clients can be very nervous during an initial meeting, however, once they arrive home additional details will come to them. The paralegal is responsible for working well with the client and in a kind manner. Once all of the information is gathered, the paralegal prepares the form, the attorney reviews and then the forms are e-filed with the court.
During the time the information is collected from the client, the paralegal makes sure every phone call and meeting are documented on the computer for the attorney’s review.
It’s also important that the attorney and paralegal work together to create a system where the details of each case can be tracked so that deadlines are not missed.
You may find it fun to work with an attorney who specializes in a certain type of law because you then become an expert yourself.