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Legal Assistant, Immigration Services

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Employment in this position will be contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and any other information required by federal or state law and University at Buffalo policies, including the satisfactory completion of a criminal history check US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency is required, under federal regulations. You will be required to provide proof of your identity and employment eligibility if you are hired.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Legal Assistant, Immigration Services
Classification Title Staff Assistant
Posting Number P1700232
Employer State
Position Type
Appointment Term Term
Salary Grade SL2

Posting Detail Information

Position Summary

The Office of Immigration Services, University at Buffalo (UBIS) invites applications for the position of Legal Assistant.

The Legal Assistant will:

Support employment based immigration services for the University’s non-citizen faculty and staff, including preparing related Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and Department of Labor forms, petitions and applications. Liaise with the individuals involved, employing departments, and University Human Resources.

Prepare and issue documents for Exchange Scholars’ J visa applications and those of their dependents. Communicate with prospective and current visiting scholars; coordinate Exchange Visitor Program support with other University departments; help validate scholars in SEVIS. Support orientation programs for incoming scholars and dependents; monitor exchange scholar status.

Help disseminate information on procedures related to filing the various applications and petitions noted above, set up and maintain case files, request and verify client documentation. Maintain related office databases and prepare associated reports

Conduct legal research and summarize and report findings. Monitor various publications, newsletters, list serves, etc. for changes to regulations that impact Immigration Services clients.

The Legal assistant will also supervise the department’s student employees, and assist with general office duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree plus 2 to 3 years of related work experience; OR a Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year of related work experience.

Experience conducting legal research; and experience preparing employed-based filings and/or exchange visitor forms.

This position requires great precision, accuracy, and outstanding attention to detail.

Also required are an excellent organizational ability and computer skills, strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated intercultural skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks with deadlines simultaneously and a “take-charge” attitude.

US Citizenship or legal permanent residency is required, as mandated by federal regulations.

Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demands
Salary Range $26,000 - $29,450
FTE 0.65
Campus North Campus
Special Instructions to Applicants

Employment in this position will be contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and any other information required by federal or state law and University at Buffalo policies, including the satisfactory completion of a criminal history check

US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency is required, under federal regulations. You will be required to provide proof of your identity and employment eligibility if you are hired.

Additional Information

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Contact Information

Contact's Name Oscar Budde
Contact's Title Associate Vice Provost, Immigration Services
Contact's Email oabudde@buffalo.edu
Contact's Phone 716-645-2355

Posting Dates

Posted 11/02/2017
Deadline for Internal Applicants 11/16/2017
Deadline for External Applicants 12/16/2017
Date to be filled 02/01/2018

Reference Letters

Number of Reference Letters Required
Reference Cutoff Date
Instructions to Applicant

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
    • J.D.
  2. * Please indicate the number of years of experience you have serving as an advisor for post-secondary international students
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5+
  3. * Please indicate the number of years of experience you have serving as a responsible officer, alternate responsible officer, or designated school official
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5+
  4. * Please indicate the number of years of experience you have serving as a paralegal preparing H1B petitions
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5+
  5. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other
  6. * List source mentioned above.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents