Volunteer Jobs

U Visa / VAWA Law Intern

Fremont OfficeOakland Office

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[?]Definition
    Victims of certain crimes, who cooperate with law enforcement, and suffer harm as a result of the crime, may be eligible for U Nonimmigrant Status, commonly referred to as a U Visa.
    and VAWA[?]Definition
    Certain domestic violence survivors, namely battered or abused spouses or children of U.S. citizens or LPRs, and abused or battered parents of adult U.S. citizens, may apply for deferred action by filing an I-360 self-petition (commonly referred to as a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petition). Deferred action grants an individual relative safety from deportation and the opportunity to apply for a work permit. Certain individuals whose I-360 applications are granted may apply for AOS and become green card holders.
    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 expereince in well-respected immigration law office.
  • Earn class credit, complete community service requirements (if applicable).
  • Build your resume with practical experience. Greate 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.