Immigration Paralegals

Immigration paralegals help foreign immigrants go through the legal process of becoming an official U.S. citizen. They work closely with clients and businesses to secure visa applications, draft petitions and letters, and translate foreign documents. Because immigration paralegals are the first contact for clients they must be very personable and able to handle interacting with people of all types.

Immigration paralegals are required to have an associate's or bachelor's degree in paralegal studies in order to understand the many procedures that go into the practice. They must also become certified through the National Association of Legal Assistants by passing an issued written exam. One of the greatest assets to immigration paralegals is the ability to speak other languages. It can also be helpful take classes in foreign language. Obviously, the more languages one is fluent in the more successful their career will be.

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