Paralegal - Immigration

Albany, NY, USA Req #182
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
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.

Description: Prepare a wide variety of business-based nonimmigrant (H-2A, H-2B, H-1B, L-1, TN, E, and O-1) and immigrant (employment and family-based) petitions with special focus on our seasonal visa (H-2A/H-2B practice). 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.


  • Prepare forms and correspondence;

  • Write detailed and complex supporting argumentation;

  • Work closely with clients to gather and organize supporting documentation, and case administration;

  • Prepare filings for relevant federal and state agencies;

  • Conduct research on 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field emphasizing writing or communication;

  • Preferred: Fluency in Spanish;

  • Preferred: Experience with employment-based and family-based immigration filings;

  • Superior writing/editing skills for complex support letters and strong computer skills;

  • Must be highly detail-oriented and able to manage multiple high-volume priorities in a fast-paced environment;

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

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

  • Must exhibit well-developed interpersonal and client relation skills

  • Military experience a plus

Harris Beach is committed to an inclusive environment and we welcome applications from diverse candidates. Harris Beach PLLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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
  • Albany, NY, USA