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Paralegal - Immigration

Buffalo, NY, USA Req #99
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s more than 200 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Melville, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.

Job Description: This paralegal primarily works directly with business based petitions and assists clients with PERM application process to provide comprehensive immigration services.


  • Prepare a wide variety of business-based nonimmigrant (H-1B, L-1, TN, E, and O-1) and immigrant (employment and family-based) petitions.

  • Assist clients with PERM application process.

  • Assist with applying for work visas with U.S. consular offices abroad.

  • Work closely with our clients to provide comprehensive immigration services.

  • Compile and maintain records of immigration filings, other documentation and records of activity on behalf of clients.

  • Review immigration regulations and be able to apply them to various case scenarios.

  • Perform research using all available immigration research tools including government agencies' websites.

  • Collect information and documentation from clients;

  • Prepare filings for relevant federal agencies;

  • Conduct research of immigration law and procedures;

  • Prepare draft correspondence and memoranda;

  • Enter case information into case management system; and

  • Track the status of filings and inform the client and attorney of any follow up that may be necessary.
  • Train other employees as needed.
  • Other tasks as assigned by attorney.


  • Paralegal certificate and/or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

  • 2+ years of paralegal experience in an employment- based immigration practice.

  • Must have at least 1 year of experience with employment-based immigration filings, such as H-1B, L-1, TN, E-1, E-2, O-1, R-1, PERM, I-140, and I-485 filings

  • 1400 hour billable hour requirement

  • Must be detailed oriented

  • Experience with MS Office and expertise with computer assisted legal resources required

  • Knowledge of immigration software helpful

  • Demonstrates good organizational skills for prioritizing workload

  • Demonstrates ability to acquire understanding quickly and absorb new information rapidly

  • Must be able to manage competing priorities

  • Maintains high standards of performance

  • Exhibits conscientiousness, dedication, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility

  • Must have a professional, cooperative, positive and flexible attitude

  • Ability to work with diverse personalities within various levels of the organization

  • Must exhibit well-developed interpersonal and client relation skills

  • Exhibits strong oral and written communications skills

  • Thorough command of the English language including excellent spelling, grammar, punctuation, form and style

  • Ability to compose professional correspondence

  • Military experience a plus

The firm’s policy prohibiting unlawful discrimination applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, placement, assignment of duties, training, promotion, compensation & benefits and termination. It is the policy of Harris Beach PLLC that all applicants and employees enjoy a positive, respectful and productive work environment, free from behavior, actions or language constituting unlawful harassment. Accordingly, harassment or discrimination of any kind based on an individual’s race or color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, creed, domestic violence victim status or any other legally protected status is strictly prohibited. Harris Beach complies with the provisions of the Human Rights Law, all other State and Federal statutory and constitutional non-discrimination provisions including non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

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  • Pay Type Hourly