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Luminus Network Immigration Paralegal

FIRN, Inc.
June 9, 2021
5999 Harpers Farm Road, Ste. E-200, Columbia, Maryland
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Immigration Paralegal Legal Services

The Luminus Network for New Americans, formerly FIRN, is seeking a full-time Immigration Paralegal. Luminus is a DOJ-recognized nonprofit that helps immigrants and refugees access community resources and opportunities through legal services, translation and interpreter services, and a range of socioeconomic support services.

The Immigration Paralegal contributes to Luminus’s growing legal unit by providing day-to-day support of our universal representation project and general support for the attorneys and BIA Accredited staff.

The paralegal is expected to provide exceptional service to clients, regardless of their background or circumstances. The paralegal supports our attorneys by handling client communications; creating and maintaining client files; conducting intake interviews with clients; assisting with the preparation of applications and document submissions, the case selection process, and fee collection; and maintaining attorneys’ calendars. The paralegal also assists in establishing and growing our representation capacity through the creation of templates, procedures, and organizational structure. He/she uses our immigration and relationship software to report on client outcomes and monitor staff caseloads.

Our ideal candidate is a highly motivated, organized and intellectually curious individual, who is fluent in Spanish. He/she assists the Staff Attorney, Managing Attorney, and other legal staff with the coordination of services to immigrants and helps immigrants access available legal services and related resources in Maryland. Additionally, this individual is expected to maintain an excellent working relationship with the entire Luminus staff, collaborating with other program staff as needed to provide holistic support to clients.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position, funded through June 30, 2022 (continuation contingent on future funding)


  • Implement policies and procedures for case management including intake procedures, case selection and assignment, quality control of legal work, and case file organization

  • Maintain a billing and fee collection system and serve as liaison with finance functions.

  • Communicate with clients.

  • Translate documents written in languages other than English.

  • Research the availability of, and then obtain, documents from other countries, including visas,

    passports, and other evidence.

  • Conduct legal research on case law related to immigration.

• Prepare applications and petitions for immigration or citizenship, including the preparation of affidavits, declarations, and letters of support.

  • Support legal clinic events to assist with registration, intake, obtain necessary client paperwork, manage flow of clients, direct immigrants to additional resources, interpret for volunteer attorneys, and other support.

  • Track and summarize data related to clients served and effectiveness of the program and events.

  • Share referral information and resources with clients seeking legal help.

  • Increase community awareness about relevant resources, including brief legal advice clinics,

    case placement services and relevant city and state programs and social service resources.

  • Work with Luminus staff to maintain and develop networks of community partners.

  • Work with staff attorneys to develop and implement creative outreach strategies to connect

    unrepresented immigrants in removal proceedings to available legal services and resources.

  • Create outreach materials for volunteer recruitment and translate documents as needed.

  • Coordinate and execute interpreter volunteer sign-ups and assess fluency of volunteer


  • Collaborate with other Luminus programs to ensure clients have access to additional non-legal


  • Maintain and upgrade software systems and monitor the status of electronic case files

  • Support, prepare and submit applications to USCIS, the Immigration Court, and the Board of

    Immigration Appeals.

  • Maintain all required certifications and/or licenses.

  • Attend information and training sessions to remain up to date on current immigration law.

In addition to the skills above, the Immigration Paralegal should be creative and flexible in meeting the needs of clients in today’s political and COVID19 environment and excel as a problem solver, giving specific attention to the protection and confidentiality needs of the immigrants we serve.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s or Paralegal Certificate with at least 2 years of relevant experience required

  • Prior experience in immigration law required, experience in non-profit(s) a plus

  • Experience working with children, detained individuals, mentally ill individuals, or immigrant

    communities preferred

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills; attention to detail a must

  • Ability to think creatively, take initiative, and help implement structures and programs;

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and database management;

  • Must be available some evenings and weekends when events require

  • Spanish fluency required; multi-lingual candidates preferred

    Compensation and Benefits

    The salary for this position is $42,000 per annum and includes a benefits package with health, dental, disability and life insurance, and a retirement plan. If you share Luminus’s vision and possess the necessary qualifications, please send a cover letter and a resume to

LUMINUS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing or service in the military.

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