IMMIGRATION INTERN – “AOR” Family Reunification Program
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.
SCOPE OF WORK: The AOR Immigration Intern will work closely with the IRC’s Immigration Program Specialist to process Affidavits of Relationship (AORs). The AOR is a newly reinstituted process that allows refugees and asylees to petition to bring relatives to the U.S. from overseas. The IRC’s Immigration Program provides low-cost immigration services, including filing applications for adjustment of status (i.e. green cards), naturalization, and family reunification for refugees, asylees and immigrants.
- Work with Case Managers and other staff to identify clients who meet eligibility requirements to file AORs on behalf of their relatives
- Track, file and mail relevant documents, applications and notices of action; maintain immigration databases (using the “Law-Logix” database program)
- Ensure that interpretation services for immigration processes and procedures are provided in a language that is accessible to clients during intakes and application completions
- Other tasks and related duties as assigned
- Learn basic policies and procedures of the Affidavit of Relationship family reunification petition. Work directly with refugee and asylee clients, to help them navigate these requirements, file appropriate forms, complete follow-up steps, and ultimately to be reunited with family members.
- Practice and apply basic interviewing techniques, to conduct client intakes, including methods to develop trust with clients, ensure complete disclosure, and identify “red flags” while gathering information.
- Learn practical methods to fill out immigration forms, to organize and provide supporting documents, and to help clients write affidavits of birth and marriage, and affidavits in response to requests for additional evidence.
- Prior experience in immigration a plus
- Ability to learn new immigration process and educate others on that process
- Detail- and process-oriented, ability to multi-task
- Ability to work well with a culturally diverse staff and immigration population, willingness to learn about cross-cultural communication and ethnic backgrounds of refugees
- Strong computer skills required
- Strong writing skills: ability to keep accurate, clear records / case notes
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English and Spanish.
- Summer interns are required to work at least 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for the entire summer. Interns who can intern full-time (40 hours a week) are strongly preferred.
- Fall and Spring interns are required to work at least 15 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 12 weeks in the Fall and Spring
Reports to: Immigration Program Specialist
Position: Unpaid Internship
Please apply using our online system. You can also prioritize your application by sending your resume, cover letter, and contact info for 2 references directly to the Volunteer Coordinator Taylor.Jenkins@rescue.org with the following information listed in the cover letter:
-projected start/end date (noting that we have a 3-month minimum for our internships)
-days and number of hours of availability during the work week (for example: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-5pm)
-whether or not you would have access to a car in which you would be willing to drive with the refugees and asylees we serve to access social services
We look forward to reviewing your application!
IRC leading the way From Harm To Home.