“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
The Statue of Liberty has been the symbol of hope and freedom to millions of immigrants who have passed by her shining light as they have entered the New York harbor. Most of us have an immigration story somewhere in our family history. Usually, those stories are precious ones. Today’s news headlines, however, cast a different light on the entire immigration issue. The images of people running across our southern borders replace those of the boats arriving in New York. Thoughts of immigration differ, depending on where you live in the United States.
Immigration Law is a complex and high demand area of law for attorneys and paralegals. Let’s take a look at this controversial area of law and the role the paralegal plays.
Immigration Law – A Definition
Immigration Law, very simply defined, determines who may enter the United States, how long they may remain and when they must leave.
Focus of Immigration Law
- Provide information to those who desire to enter the country for personal/business purposes
- Communicate with foreign business professionals, health care professionals, etc.
- Deal with aliens threatened with deportation for various reasons, such as visa overstays
- Deal with aliens who have committed immigration or criminal violations
- Prepare immigrant and non-immigrant visas
- Represent aliens detained in prison
- Handle court cases defending immigrants
- Represent family reunification, deportation proceedings, business visas, citizenship and naturalization, etc.
For more information, go to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.
Role of Immigration Paralegal
- Coordinate with outside counsel, federal and state agencies for timely and correct filing of immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions
- Manage and process the timely and accurate filing of U.S. immigration applications
- Liaise with government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security
- Perform legal research
- Maintain Public Access Files
- Develop, monitor and advise about immigration-related policy and practices
- Maintain databases; create and process letters, pleadings and case files; docket and track deadlines; track and respond to discovery
What you need!
A law-related knowledge base and paralegal skill set is imperative in any area of law. A Paralegal Certificate and national certification (www.nala.org) is highly beneficial!
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