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 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 27,000 refugees from 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 1,000 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 2,500 refugees and asylees.
SCOPE OF IMMIGRATION ASSOCIATE INTERN WORK: The International Rescue Committee’s Resettlement office in Atlanta provides its clients with assistance in filing immigration applications, which will allow refugees and newly-approved asylees to travel, become permanent residents and then citizens of the United States.
- Conduct comprehensive intake and needs assessment
- Assist clients to complete applications for various immigration benefits (I-131, I-485, I-765, N-400, I-134 and prepare these for review by the Community Integration Manager, and/or Senior Legal Representative.
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date files and detailed case notes on Immigration services to clients, enter required data in a timely manner into databases, and meet all case reporting requirements within established deadlines and standards for final review by a legal staff.
- Make service requests and refer case follow ups to caseworkers for complicated cases.
- Prepare response for I-485 RFE’s
- Assist clients in drafting response on missed USCIS interviews or those who need rescheduling
- Assist clients in making NVC payment
- Conduct File review monthly and address any matter with Senior Legal Representative
- Assist legal staff in making copies and creating new files (currently virtual)
- Assist in Citizenship Workshops
- Complete change of address forms with CIS
- Help maintain the filing system for immigration petitions filed with IRC in Atlanta
- Other duties as needed and assigned by immigration legal staff.
- Students will develop an enhanced professional skill set, interact with other interns, clients and supervisors remotely and contribute to projects while in the comfort of their own space.
- Students will learn data collection and data management methods for program development and reporting.
- Students will gain knowledge of USCIS administrative procedures by processing receipts and correspondence from USCIS.
- ·Students will have hands own experience in filling out applications
- Student will gain knowledge of the types of immigration benefits available to refugees and asylees and the steps involved in applying for these benefits.
- Apply academic learning to real-world projects and assignments
- Develop workplace skills and acquire specific experience needed to pursue professional goals
· Prefer students or recent graduates with interest and experience with USCIS forms
· Fluency in Spanish desired
· Must have reliable work hours and able to commit 3 days a week (9-5).
· Able to work independently and under pressure with multiple tasks and competing deadlines
· The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, and highly organized
· Attention to detail and procedure;
· Work or volunteer experience with foreign populations, especially African or Middle and Near Eastern;
· Knowledge of one or two foreign languages such as Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, or French is beneficial, but not required;
· Computer literacy, preferably with PC systems; willing to work remotely, have personal computer and working space
· Knowledge of immigration forms beneficial, but not required.
· Applicants must be open to evolving responsibilities.
Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.
For more information please contact VolunteerATL@Rescue.org. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at www.Rescue.org/Atlanta