ABOUT THE IRC:
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading non-sectarian non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The 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 28 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 28 offices across the U.S. work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency, and ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing.
IRC SAN JOSE:
As one of the IRC’s 26 domestic offices, the San Jose office serves refugees, asylees, special immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, and victims of human trafficking in Santa Clara County. Since opening in 1975, the San Jose office has resettled over 20,000 refugees, who in turn have helped to build a stronger community. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers provide essential case management and immigration services to immigrant families, providing them with the resources and tools to rebuild their lives with safety and dignity.
SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:
Immigration Volunteers directly assist clients with the processing and filing of applications for citizenship, lawful permanent residence, family reunification, affidavits of relationship, and other immigration petitions necessary to receive legal residency in the United States and reunite family members.
This position reports to the Immigration Caseworker.
Minimum number of hours required depends on whether you volunteer in-office or soley at the late afternoon/evening citizenship workshops. For in-office volunteers, there is a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week during business hours (M-F 9am - 5pm). For workshop volunteers, the hours are flexible and no minimum weekly hours are required.
ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:
Set-up and conduct intake and immigration interviews with assistance from immigration staff and help translate for immigration caseworkers.
Prepare and complete immigration applications and petitions on behalf of refugees, asylees, and immigrants for submission to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
We require that candidates have the following qualities:
- Fluency in Vietnamese
- Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness
- Excellent communication skills
- Possess a great attention to detail
- Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently
- An interest in international and refugee issues
- Computer literacy with PC systems
- Minimum of 2 years of completed undergraduate experience
Please email your resume and cover letter in a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tailor your cover letter to the position to which you are applying and include the following:
- Time availability, i.e. the number of hours and days per week you are available
- Immediate interview availability
- Language skills
- People Skills
- Case Work / Management
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Community Outreach
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- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
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