Immigration Staff Attorney

Job Type

Part Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with background and experience.




139 Henry Street
New York
United States


Inspired by the life of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, patroness of immigrants, Cabrini Immigrant Services of New York City (CIS-NYC) is committed to empowering immigrants, their families and their communities through education, participation and essential services. We strive to create positive change by fostering justice, dignity and respect. CIS of NYC provides a wide range of services for their community, including the largest food pantry in the Lower East Side, legal and social services, ESOL classes and advocates for the DREAM Act, DACA, and Comprehensive Immigration Reform with its Justice for Immigrants group.

The Agency is seeking a part-time staff attorney (19 to 21 Hrs. Weekly) to focus on family-based immigration and community education. Our Immigration Program currently consists of three immigration BIA Accredited Representatives, two Master in Social Work Interns and volunteer support. We are recognized and accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to provide professional immigration legal services, and we are a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). The position will require occasional weekend work and night hours, but the agency is flexible on what days and hours are included in the weekly schedule.


Under direction of the agency Director / BIA Accredited Representative, the Immigration Staff Attorney provides counsel and representation to low income immigrants and their families before the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), the Executive Officer for Immigration Review (EOIR), and the Department of State (DOS) regarding a wide-range of immigration matters; and assists in coordinating and supervising the activities of interns and volunteers.

Job Duties

  • Assists with the intake process and provides in-person interviews and consultations to prospective clients; 
  • Manages high-volume case load concerning various immigration matters family-based petitions and visas, non-immigrant visa processing, TPS, adjustment of status, naturalization, naturalization, hardship waivers, U Visas, and other motions and legal memoranda as needed;
  • Provides representation in CIS interviews before the New York Field District Office;
  • Performs legal research on AILA publications, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Title 8 of Code of Federal Regulations (8 CFR), and other related primary and secondary sources of immigration law and regulations; 
  • Conducting Know-Your-Rights presentations to community members;
  • Assists with program communications and reports by tracking case statistics and outcomes, and determining success stories for use in reports and advocacy materials.
  • Provides expert testimony to media on current immigration law and policy topics;
  • Performs case-related administrative duties, including maintaining accurate, complete and confidential case files and legal software.


·        Admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, preferably in New York State;

·        Minimum of 2 years of experience in immigration law;

·        Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills;

·        Ability to set priorities and excellent judgment;

·        Excellent interpersonal skills;

·        Ability to work independently, under pressure and meet deadlines

·        Ability to move throughout the building and climbing stairs.

·        Deep understanding of and ability to work well with people of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Level of Language Proficiency

Must be fluent in Spanish (written and verbal)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only:

1) cover letter,

2) resume, and

3) a list of three professional references to 

Place these words in the subject line “Immigration Staff Attorney.”