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Working As An Immigration Attorney

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $123,230

    Average Salary

What Does An Immigration Attorney Do At Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid Inc.

* The candidates must be self-directed, empathetic, and motivated.
* Among other duties, the attorney will: Provide intake, advice and counsel, and direct legal representation to clients in immigration legal matters before EOIR, the BIA, ICE and USCIS, including removal defense representation and assisting clients in filing for U- visas, T- visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)- related applications, among other forms of immigration relief.
* Coordinate all aspects of a client s case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies.
* Work collaboratively with a team of immigration paralegals within the El Paso TRLA office as well as with other immigration attorneys and paralegals throughout the TRLA service area.
* Provide immigration law and case-handling mentorship to colleagues.
* Assist the Human Trafficking team in screening and identifying clients who may be considered victims of labor and sex trafficking.
* Assist trafficking survivors in reporting to and collaborating with law enforcement and applying for relevant immigration relief and other legal remedies.
* Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers, including, but not limited to anti-trafficking coalitions.
* Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as they impact low-income immigrants.
* Prepare and conduct relevant community outreach events and presentations including, but not limited to, immigration know-your-rights workshops and direct outreach and education related to identification of trafficking

What Does An Immigration Attorney Do At Law Offices of Alex Hanna

* Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
* Prepare and draft motions and legal documents on behalf of clients.
* Advise clients on business and legal transactions.
* Negotiate settlements for legal disputes.
* Comply with all legal standards and regulations.
* Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
* Handle Immigration bond hearings, deportation removals, green card, citizenship, deferred inspections, and appeals

What Does An Immigration Attorney Do At Global Law Group

Represent clients in all aspects of business immigration law Preparation of employment based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions and naturalization applications Analyze and recommend multiple legal strategies Oversee and manage case preparation work Train case team members Establish and maintain case work quality and consistency throughout past and current filings Maintain accuracy in high volume, rapid turnover caseload Participate in other office projects as assigned Participate in all staff training sessions and staff meetings

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How To Become An Immigration Attorney

All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.


Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school—particularly its curricula and faculty—meets certain standards.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.

Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test measures applicants’ aptitude for the study of law.

A J.D. degree program includes courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civil procedure, and legal writing. Law students may choose specialized courses in areas such as tax, labor, and corporate law.


Prospective lawyers take licensing exams called "bar exams." When a lawyer receives their license to practice law, they are "admitted to the bar."

To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to the state’s bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions. For more details on individual state and jurisdiction requirements, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or more written bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent and advise others. Prior felony convictions, academic misconduct, or a history of substance abuse are just some factors that may disqualify an applicant from being admitted to the bar.

Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state often must take the bar exam in each state.

After graduation, lawyers must keep informed about legal developments that affect their practices. Almost all states require lawyers to participate in continuing legal education either every year or every 3 years. 

Many law schools and state and local bar associations provide continuing legal education courses that help lawyers stay current with recent developments. Courses vary by state and generally cover a subject within the practice of law, such as legal ethics, taxes and tax fraud, and healthcare. Some states allow lawyers to take their continuing education credits through online courses. 


Newly hired attorneys usually start as associates and work with more experienced lawyers. After several years, some lawyers may be admitted to partnership of their firm, which means they become partial owners of the firm.

After gaining a few years of work experience, some lawyers go into practice for themselves or move to the legal department of a large corporation. Very few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school.

A small number of experienced lawyers are nominated or elected to judgeships. Other lawyers may become full-time law school faculty and administrators. For more information about judges and law school faculty, see the profile on judges and hearing officers and the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Other Experience

Law students often gain practical experience by participating in school-sponsored legal clinics, in a school’s moot court competitions, in practice trials under the supervision of experienced lawyers and judges, and through research and writing on legal issues for a school’s law journals.

Part-time jobs or summer internships in law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments also provide valuable experience. Some smaller firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations may hire students as summer associate interns after they have completed their first year at law school. Many larger firms’ summer internship programs are only eligible to law students who have completed their second year. These experiences can help law students decide what kind of legal work they want to focus on in their careers, and these internships may lead directly to a job after graduation.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. As a result, they must be able to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Lawyers must win the respect and confidence of their clients by building a trusting relationship, so that clients feel comfortable enough to share personal information related to their case.

Problem-solving skills. Lawyers must separate their emotions and prejudice from their clients’ problems and objectively evaluate the matter. Therefore, good problem-solving skills are important for lawyers, to prepare the best defense and recommendation.

Research skills. Preparing legal advice or representation for a client commonly requires substantial research. All lawyers need to be able to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.

Speaking skills. Clients hire lawyers to speak on their behalf. Lawyers must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries. 

Writing skills. Lawyers need to be precise and specific when preparing documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

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Immigration Attorney Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Vietnamese

  • Swahili

  • Romanian

  • Gujarati

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Ukrainian

  • Turkish

  • Dari

  • Filipino

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Ilocano

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Real Immigration Attorney Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cross-Border U.S./Canada Immigration Attorney Seyfarth Shaw LLP Boston, MA Aug 09, 2016 $151,757 -
Cross-Border U.S./Canada Immigration Attorney Seyfarth Shaw, LLP Boston, MA May 05, 2016 $150,000 -
Immigration Attorney Law and Finance of Wonyoung Kim, PLLC Dallas, TX Jan 09, 2016 $144,726
Cross-Border U.S./Canada Immigration Attorney Seyfarth Shaw LLP Boston, MA Sep 05, 2015 $140,046 -
Immigration Attorney Bally Gaming, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Apr 30, 2013 $130,000
Cross-Border U.S./Canada Immigration Attorney Seyfarth Shaw LLP Boston, MA Sep 14, 2014 $124,072 -
Associate Immigration Attorney Law Firm of Kim & Min, P.C. Irvine, CA Jun 29, 2015 $120,973
Immigration and Family Law Attorney Crimmigration Inc. Sacramento, CA Oct 31, 2016 $105,518
Immigration Attorney It America Inc. Edison, NJ Dec 04, 2014 $104,042
Immigration Attorney Law Office of Jahyun WIE, LLC Duluth, GA May 11, 2015 $102,066
Immigration Attorney SCM Data, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 01, 2012 $97,567
Immigration Attorney It America Inc. Edison, NJ Jul 10, 2013 $95,000
Immigration Attorney Law Offices of Steve QI & Associates Alhambra, CA Mar 05, 2015 $93,000
Immigration Attorney Law Offices of Steve QI & Associates Alhambra, CA Mar 18, 2013 $92,558
Immigration Attorney Law Offices of Stephen P. Gleit New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $87,174
Immigration Attorney Law Offices of Stephen Gleit New York, NY Aug 23, 2010 $86,882
Immigration Attorney Law Offices of Stephen P. Gleit New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $86,882
Immigration Attorney Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, APLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2013 $85,010
Immigration Attorney SCM Data, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $85,000
Immigration Attorney American Compass, Inc. Pasadena, CA Jun 01, 2010 $84,315
Immigration Attorney Law Offices of Herrera & Associates, PLLC Houston, TX Apr 30, 2012 $84,261
Immigration Attorney It America Inc. Edison, NJ Jul 10, 2013 $75,000
Immigration Attorney Law Office of Janggeun Nam, P.C. NY Feb 08, 2008 $74,589
Immigration Attorney Yang & Associates, LLP Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2013 $74,527
Personal Injury/Immigration Attorney Gorshteyn Law Firm, P.C. Minneapolis, MN Aug 31, 2016 $71,136
Immigration Attorney Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman Towson, MD Jan 06, 2014 $70,958
Immigrant Attorney Law Office of Jahyun WIE, LLC Duluth, GA Mar 11, 2011 $70,958

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Top Skills for An Immigration Attorney


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Top Immigration Attorney Skills

  1. Removal Proceedings
  2. Status Applications
  3. Immigration Court
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted individual intakes of adults and children in removal proceedings to assess eligibility for relief.
  • Processed fianc petitions, adjustment of status applications, and citizenship applications for individual clients.
  • Represent clients in I-485 and N-400 interviews at the Atlanta District Office and attend Master Calendar Hearings at Atlanta Immigration Court.
  • Counseled and represented clients before USCIS and EOIR Miami Immigration Court and the Bureau of Immigration Appeals.
  • Prepare and file immigrant and non-immigrant visas (O, H, E).

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