Immigration paralegals assist immigration attorneys with visa and permanent residency applications. They process applications, prepare petition packages for review, and maintain case files. They are also required to keep clients informed of progress made with their cases.
When interviewing immigration paralegals, look for candidates with demonstrable knowledge of immigration requirements and experience at a law firm. Avoid candidates who lack the ability to work as part of a team and those with limited communication skills.Special Offer
Interview Questions for Immigration Paralegals:
Evaluates the candidates experience and reveals whether relevant reasons are identified.
I have also had the opportunity to gain experience in this area through volunteer work. For example, I recently volunteered at a local refugee center where I provided support to newly arrived families. During this time, I was able to develop strong communication skills that allowed me to effectively engage with people from various cultures and nationalities.”
Example: “If I suspected that an applicant was lying about their reason for entering the country, I would take a few steps to ensure that the truth is revealed. First, I would ask additional questions and request more documents from the applicant to verify their story. This could include asking for proof of employment, travel itineraries, or other documents that can help establish their purpose for coming into the country.
Example: “Yes, I have extensive experience working with immigrants and refugees. During my time as an Immigration Services Officer, I was responsible for providing assistance to individuals who were seeking entry into the United States. This included helping them complete the necessary paperwork, preparing them for interviews, and assisting them in navigating the immigration process.
Example: “As an experienced Immigration Services Officer, I understand the importance of staying up-to-date on changes to immigration laws. When a new law is introduced, I take the time to thoroughly research and understand how it will affect my job duties. This includes reading any relevant documents or reports, attending seminars or webinars, and speaking with colleagues who may have more experience in this area.
I would also use my knowledge of immigration law to determine if there are any inconsistencies in the applicant’s story. If so, I would bring this to the attention of my supervisor and suggest further investigation. Finally, I would contact relevant government agencies to confirm the information provided by the applicant. By taking these steps, I am confident that I can uncover any lies and make sure that only those who meet all requirements are allowed entry into the country.”
Example: “I am comfortable working in a high-pressure environment because I thrive on challenge. When I’m faced with a tough decision or tight deadline, I feel energized rather than stressed. I know that if I work hard and use my skills and knowledge, I will find a solution. I think I would be an excellent fit for this role because I enjoy helping others and making life better.”
Example: “In my experience, there are two main reasons why I would detain someone for questioning. The first is if they have a criminal record or prior history of violating immigration laws. In these cases, I would want to ensure that the person was not trying to enter the country illegally again. The second reason is if the individual has no identification on them when they arrive at the border. If this happens, I will ask them questions about their identity and background until I am satisfied that they are who they say they are.”
Immigration officers may need to communicate with foreign nationals in their native language. They also might have to translate documents into other languages. Employers ask this question to make sure you can speak the necessary languages and that you are comfortable doing so. In your answer, let them know which languages you speak and how well you speak them. If you do not speak another language, explain why.
An immigration officer may encounter individuals who are trying to enter the country under false pretenses. Answering this question well shows your ability to handle difficult situations and make tough decisions. In your answer, explain how you would use your experience and training to identify a lie and take appropriate action.
Example: “In my ideal work environment, I would be surrounded by friendly coworkers who are willing to help each other out. I also want a job where I can use my problem-solving skills to find solutions for clients. In my last position as an immigration officer, I worked at a busy office that had many employees. We all got along well and helped one another out when needed. The work was challenging but rewarding.”