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.
How to cope with rejection when applying for a paralegal job.
Can you relate to the following?
1. No response to a cover letter or resume.
2. No response after the first interview. Absolute silence!
After I moved to Florida from Oklahoma, I must have sent out somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-10 cover letters and resumes.
However, I did receive 2-3 telephone calls from either law firm administrators or attorneys. Our short conversations gave me some hints regarding why I wasn’t being offered positions.
So, I experimented with my resume and cover letters in order to break down the walls.
Yep – it was mind boggling and very scary. You see, I needed a job in the worst way. At this point in our lives, my salary was needed to help keep the boat afloat (in a big way!)
Even though I had 3 years experience in litigation, no one would give me a chance.
What I realized during this time was that I had to trust the Lord to place me in the right firm. If I was being turned down (& I was), then there was a good reason for it.
So, I tweaked that ‘ol cover letter and resume and continued to push forward.
Don’t give up! I told myself.
Keep moving forward.
There are lessons to be learned through the trials and tribulations of rejection. Don’t miss that as you journey through it.
Remember, He has your best interests at heart and has a specific path laid out for you.
I learned a lot during this 3-4 week period – about myself.
Finally, the phone call came that I had been praying for and I was on my way.
Keep praying, my friend and trust Him. He will not let you down.