Migration Counselor

Position ID:



New York, NY

FLSA Status:

Full Time, Non-Exempt




Administrative Support Worker




Immigrant & Refugee Services


Immigration Legal Services

Reports to:

Director of Immigrant Services



Supervisory Responsibilities:




Summary: The Migration Counselor provides immigration services under attorney or DOJ-accredited

representative supervision, including consultations, application assistance, and necessary follow-up services. 

The Migration Counselor also prepares and delivers presentations on various immigration issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Advise and counsel clients on immigration and naturalization applications and issues as they arise under the Immigration Nationality Act of 1965 and any of its later amendments.
  • Conduct intake interviews at 80 Maiden Lane (on walk-in days) and at other CCCS sites in Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and the seven counties of the Lower Hudson Valley, as assigned.
  • Provide application assistance on scheduled one-on-one appointments at 80 Maiden Lane and at other CCCS sites in Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and the seven counties of the Lower Hudson Valley, as assigned.
  • Research law and investigate facts to determine possible course of legal action and to prepare cases accordingly.
  • Prepare, review, complete, submit, and follow-up on applications in routine types of immigration matters, including but not limited to: basic consultations, relative petitions, naturalization petitions, adjustment of status applications, consular visa processing, employment authorization applications, green card replacement applications, nonimmigrant visa extension and change of status applications, etc.
  • Work with immigrant victims of domestic violence, trafficking, and other serious crimes: provide assistance with self-petitions for special immigrant juveniles and battered immigrant spouses and children, U and T visa applications for victims of crimes or of human trafficking.
  • Prepare for and conduct presentations, workshops and outreach events on various immigration issues throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
  • Maintain and update client hard file and electronic records using the computerized immigration software LawLogix.
  • Maintain and report statistical data as required.
  • Assist with the training of new staff both for Immigration Services and Immigration Hotlines.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5 PM Monday - Friday.  Additional hours are required to meet court and/or program deadlines, or client needs.

Working conditions and physical demands required:

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Travel at least 15% of the time using public transportation or vehicle, traverse city streets, occasionally ascend/descend stairs, and be exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • Remain stationary at a work station and in meetings, and use a computer at least 50% of the time.
  • Remain stationary and/or ambulate to instruct and monitor during trainings and presentations.
  • Carry a laptop to offsite work locations.


Education and/or experience required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, or equivalent professional training related to the position.
  • Previous experience in immigration law and procedures preferred.

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:

  • Bilingual in English and a second language; Spanish preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of software appropriate to the office environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work with clients from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Archdiocese.

Job Summary

Migration Counselor

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant past experience and qualifications, and state their position of interest and desired compensation. Submissions without this information will not be considered.

Please send resume and cover letter to: