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DATE ADDED: Wed 01/05/2019

Asylum Caseworker

Birmingham, UK
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JOB TYPE: Permanent

SALARY: £20000 - £30000/annum + Bonus

Job Title: Asylum Caseworker

Overall Purpose of the Job -

Undertake casework and manage a specific caseload up to level of competence/accreditation in relation to Asylum and Detention matters.
To be aware of legal aid funding restrictions and experience of making extension applications under legal aid.
To provide written and verbal representation, including advocacy in court, for clients seeking assistance in the Immigration/Asylum law field in accordance with Legal Aid Specialist Quality Mark Standards and legal policy.
Preparation and management of applications to Home Office.
To advise clients regarding procedure and practice.

Main Tasks

To be responsible for providing advice and assistance to those persons with asylum issues and those detained at the various Detention Centres in the UK. Attend clients detained in various Immigration Detention Centres.
Represent clients before immigration judges, in person or in writing as required, including preparation of cases.
Draft witness statements, skeleton arguments, representations and other complex documents and letters using word-processor.
Preparation and management of applications to the Home Office.
Ensure all contact with the client and any other action taken in respect of cases is recorded on attendance notes and regularly updated on the database.
Liaise with Immigration Authorities, other agencies, and groups as required.
Interview and advise clients regarding Immigration/Asylum law, procedure, and practice. Provide guidance to clients on completion of documents.
Meet specified casework and other targets as set by Supervisor.
Supervise support staff when they provide direct administrative and secretarial support.
Undertake outreach work as required by Management, including liaising with ethnic communities, delivering talks and presentations to groups, and visiting other groups and centres as appropriate. Work from various locations as reasonably required by management.
Keep up-to-date at all time with changes in Immigration/Asylum law by reading, attending training events and using computer for reference purposes.
Deliver training sessions in connection with own field of work to IAS staff and other agencies if required.
Complete any other records in connection with casework in order to meet Legal Aid and IAS requirements maintain statistics and update client files, using manual or computerised systems as appropriate and as required by Management.
Deputise for Supervisor as required in their absence.
Maintain professional conduct, always comply with IAS standards and uphold the integrity and reputation of IAS.
Undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required by the Management.

All employees of IAS have a duty to: -

Ensure that their work conforms to the LSC Quality Assurance Standards as implemented in the IAS Manual, and other IAS approved policies and procedures
Work within the spirit of IAS Equal Opportunities Policy always
Take due care of their own Health and Safety and that of others in their working environment
Observe Client Confidentiality

Person Specification - Caseworker:

LLB or Law related degree/diploma in law.
An understanding and sensitivity to other cultures and issues raised by Immigration/Asylum matters.
An understanding of the duty to the court and client.
Fully Accredited to Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme Level 2 and Registered at OISC level 3.
Knowledge of Legal Aid restrictions and experience of making extension applications.

Essential Experience -

Minimum of one year's full-time experience of immigration and asylum legal advice and representation, covering all heads of policy under the immigration rules.
Minimum of 1 years' experience of working to Quality Assurance Standards (Specialist Quality Mark).
Experience of working to legal time limits and managing a heavy caseload.
Experience of using computer software such as MS word, spread-sheets, databases and the ability to type and prepare own documents.
Experience of email and internet.

Desirable Experience -

Experience of working in legal environment.
Experience of using other computer packages

Benefits -

Salary - £20,000 - £30,000 Per Annum

5% pay rise and bonus of up to 20% salary available on completion of target

28 days holidays includes bank holiday

Generous contributory pension scheme

Flexible working supportive workplace culture

Development opportunities offered to candidates willing to work hard progress

Support training offered to gain higher accreditation with the OISC
Role: Asylum Caseworker
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands (County),

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