Immigration File Lead

Join our team! TalentLift is a mission-driven, collaborative, and high-impact start-up expanding the job and skilled visa opportunities available to talented candidates living in refugee circumstances globally. We are hiring a full-time Immigration File Lead who will have the opportunity to make a clear impact on individual and systemic levels and to create the scaleable and human-centred processes that power our work. 

The team

TalentLift is a non-profit international recruitment agency. We support Canadian employers to recruit and relocate talent from within refugee populations to fill skills shortages, enabling candidates along with their families to lift to their potential as they advance their careers, secure their futures, and leave displacement behind.

There are more than 35 million people living as refugees worldwide with few options to achieve livelihoods and security. Many thousands have the skills and potential to qualify for jobs and skilled visas in Canada, just like talented people anywhere, but they’ve been historically excluded from recruitment and visa systems. This is changing as TalentLift and our partners drive more equitable access to these transformative opportunities.   

TalentLift offers employers and the displaced candidates they hire in-house services encompassing talent search, visa application, and settlement coordination. We believe that access to opportunities should depend on potential and not the privilege of living without fear. 

The role

Our Immigration File Lead will report to the Legal Operations Manager and be responsible for:

  • Leading the preparation and submission of Canadian visa applications working alongside Immigration File Supports
  • Serving as the main point of contact for candidates carrying a file from start to finish
  • Managing various file lead duties including:
    • Maintaining case management databases and software
    • Requesting and reviewing information and documentation from candidates
    • Completing forms required for immigration applications and following up with candidates to obtain outstanding information
    • Providing timely updates and addressing any inquiries or concerns throughout the application process
    • Drafting submission letters, working from precedents when appropriate
    • Preparing final application packages for review and submission
  • Coordinating with immigration authorities, and internal stakeholders as needed
  • Ensuring that deadlines are recorded, scheduled and met
  • Staying up-to-date on changes to immigration laws, policies, and procedures 
  • Performing research and other general administrative duties as required

Must have: 

  • 2 years of work experience in economic immigration processing
  • Knowledge of Canadian immigration practices and procedures
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities while maintaining high attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills in a cross-cultural environment
  • Empathy
  • Reliability
  • Adaptability and willingness to continuously learn

Nice to have:

  • A law degree and licensed (in good standing) to practice law in Canada, or equivalent accreditation with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
  • Knowledge of Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)
  • Work experience or volunteerism in cross-cultural contexts is preferred
  • Experience supporting people living in refugee and displaced situations is preferred
  • Experience with project management and database software is preferred
  • Ability to communicate fluently in multiple languages

What we offer

  • Salary starting at $65,000, commensurate with experience
  • Dental and extended healthcare benefits
  • 4 weeks vacation
  • Flexible hours and work from home in Canada
  • Equipment provided
  • A supportive team – ask us more!

TalentLift is committed to equitable hiring. All candidates are welcome to apply and we warmly invite those who have lived experience in refugee or displacement circumstances, Indigenous backgrounds, and different abilities.

The deadline to apply for this role is May 20, 2024. To apply, please use this form and attach your CV and a cover letter.