Immigration paralegals work for law firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations. There roles are to help clients become legal citizens, and some work for government agencies to deport illegal immigrants. They also provide support for attorneys- by filing motions, pleadings, and memoranda in various courts, and sometime they accompany lawyers. There are also Certification programs available, but additional instructions and education is required to earn a better salary. It is important to first understand the requirements for a paralegal certificate before selecting a specific concentration of law, such as becoming an immigration paralegal. Second, one must fully understand the career and job prospects and their accompanying salaries, prior to engaging in the certification process. Below is an overview of the immigration paralegal career and it’s expected earnings.
An Immigration Paralegal earn an average salary of $44,600 per year.
See Salary Guide below:
- Salary $30,400- 68,000
- Commission $15,200
- Bonus $5,000
Most ideal candidates must have a 4-year college degree, 2+ years experience, who is also detail oriented and a self-starter. The person must be able to multi task, work independently and have strong administrative, communication and organizational skills.
- Assist Attorneys by researching, investigative, and preparing legal
- Prepare affidavits, documents, and file pleadings with the court
- Gather and analyze legal articles, statutes, research data, and
- Prepare briefs, appeals and contracts.
- Translate documents written in foreign languages
- Case Preparation: Prepare filing for government agencies
(e.g. CBSA, ESDC, IRCC, USCIS, USCBP, DOS).
- Non immigration Visas-H-1B
- Employment Based (PERM, EB1, EB2, and EB3), Investment Based (EB5)
and Family Based immigration.
- Prepare outreach and educational presentations for CCEB in English
- Maintain hard and electronic copies of client case files, including
full use of CCEB database and immigration legal database.
- Computer Skills: Experience with using Microsoft Office and Google Drive
- Interpersonal Skills: Ability to network internally and externally
Many Immigration Paralegals are bilingual and this is valuable. Actual salaries may vary based on statistics, employment for Immigration Paralegals are expected to grow to 8 percent through 2024.
Although Immigration Paralegals can’t give legal advice, they are a huge part of the process of providing legal status in the U. S.