U Visa / VAWA Law Intern

Location: Oakland

IIBA represents clients with U Visa and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions, educates and screens for eligibility, and provides technical assistance to a national network of immigrant-serving organizations. The U Visa / VAWA law intern will assist with legal casework and ongoing office responsibilities.


  • Assist with entire U-Visa and VAWA self-petition process as appropriate, including completion of Employment Authorization applications; Adjustment of Status applications, and consular processing packets–under the direction of a Staff Attorney or Accredited Representative. May include extensive client interviews and declarations
  • Prepare immigration and citizenship forms for clients, using electronic immigration case management system
  • Conduct eligibility screenings during weekly clinics
  • Spanish-English written translations preferred, but not required
  • Assist with client communications in person, on phone, and by mail
  • Participate in general office responsibilities, including administrative tasks such as photocopying, preparation of application packets for submission and special projects (like community outreach)


  • Must be a law student, law graduate or licensed attorney
  • Bilingual English-Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Experience in filing U-Visa and VAWA petitions preferred, but not required
  • Well organized, extremely accurate, attentive to detail, and reliable
  • Good computer skills. Administrative experience preferred
  • Experience interacting with clients in a professional and helpful manner
  • Commitment to serve and compassion for issues faced by low-income immigrant community, particularly violent crime survivors


  • Gain direct “hands on” client experience in well-respected immigration law office.
  • Earn class credit, complete community service requirements (if applicable).
  • Build your resume with practical experience. Great potential for recommendations.
  • Give back to your community. Make a difference for families in need!


  • Must be able to commit a minimum of 2 days a week (15 hours) for a minimum of three months

To Volunteer

Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to volunteer@iibayarea.org.

If applicable, let us know which office you’re interested in volunteering with.

This is an unpaid volunteer position.

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