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Paralegal (Japanese speaking) - Immigration law  - Fragomen

Paralegal (Japanese speaking) - Immigration law - Fragomen

locationLondon, UK
remoteOffice/home hybrid
PublishedPublished: Published 1 week ago
Partial QWE - SQE route
1 - 2 years of experience
Role CommencementAs soon as possible
SRA QWE competencesApplying critical thinking and analysis (SRA competences A5) | Applying legal principles (SRA competences A4) | Clear Oral and Written Communication (SRA competences C1) | Learning from practice and other people (SRA competences A2) | Opportunity to gain feedback from effective supervision (SRA competences A3) | Project/case management (SRA competences B7) | Self-management (SRA competences D1) | Understanding the business and compliance environment of the organisation (SRA competences D2) | Professional workplace relationships (SRA competences C3) | Technical legal practice (SRA competences B1) | Working in professionally regulated environment (SRA competences A1)

Application deadline: not stated


We are recruiting for a Japanese speaking Immigration Paralegal to join our team in London.

About us:

Fragomen is the world’s leading exclusive provider of immigration services. We are a firm of more than 6,200 immigration-focused professionals and staff spanning more than 60 offices worldwide. Immigration has been our sole focus for 70 years, and today we offer support in more than 170 countries. We are problem-solvers, innovators and established thought leaders in immigration, providing strategic immigration advice to a diverse range of clients from individuals to the world’s leading multinational corporations.

Fragomen’s professionals are respected thought leaders in the immigration field providing expertise to governments across the world including the US Congress, the UK Parliament, the European Union and the United Nations.

A career at Fragomen will provide you with the opportunity to work in an exciting environment for a broad range of clients, where no two days will be the same. You will face interesting challenges and you will work with dedicated, friendly and ambitious people, where providing exceptional client service is at the core of what we do. We are extremely proud of our diverse workforce at Fragomen and we are fully committed to providing equal opportunities.  We believe that our differences make us stronger.

About the team:

This position sits within our dedicated Japan Practice, based in our London office. The team is specialised in the UK inbound immigration matters, predominantly working with global Japanese companies of all sizes (including start-ups, SME’s and large listed companies), assisting with UK visa applications for expats and their families. The team also assists private clients.

The team also has unparalleled expertise in advising on immigration compliance and assists with sponsor licence (renewal) applications/UKVI audits/fulfilling a wide range of sponsor duties and obligations. The team regularly arranges Japanese seminars, webinars, and newsletters, keeping all clients closely updated with immigration rule/policy changes.

About the role:
As a team member under direct supervision, the Immigration Paralegal will assist in the day to day functions of the UK Inbound team including all aspects of casework and assisting in the preparation of applications. They will also assist in the preparation for and attend external meetings, marketing events and project work. You will also be part of growing the Japan practice by networking and undertaking other business development activities. The successful candidate for this role will receive world class training (both internally and in the role).

Other key responsibilities will include and experience of these will be beneficial:

  • Preparing and delivering client presentations and best practice sessions
  • Assisting the Senior Paralegal with training
  • Act as caseworker as required on less complex cases
  • Support Paralegal/Senior Paralegals and Associates with the progression of more complex cases
  • Organise application packages
  • Handle applications including Skilled Worker, Global Business Mobility, ILR and other applications as directed
  • Draft emails, covering letters, application forms as directed with the use of precedents
  • General administrative support as required

About you:

Ideally you will have previous experience within immigration or a client-facing professional role. A law degree is not required but a desire to develop your career within a corporate environment is essential. Fluent spoken and written Japanese is essential. 

Also required:

  • Displays professionalism, quality service and a “can do” attitude to internal members/departments of the Firm as well as external clients and vendors
  • Is able to learn procedural and processing requirements for various visa types
  • Builds knowledge of Firm and client processes
  • Demonstrates attention to detail and achieves high level of productivity
  • Multitasks in a fast-paced environment with competing demands
  • Meets assigned deadlines and communicates case progress/status/issues to supervisors
  • Demonstrates flexibility and initiative regarding assignments for self and team
  • Contributes to positive work environment
  • Develops strong working relationships with team members and gains their confidence through displaying professionalism and efficiency in all communications
  • Demonstrates professionalism and confidence in all communications with their team as well as accuracy and proficiency in written communications
  • Learns from both positive and negative experiences and adapts accordingly

Fragomen in London:
Our London office has over 340 people working collaboratively and creating a dynamic, positive environment. You can expect a great working environment and regular events such as Summer and Christmas parties, social and cultural events.

The Firm operates a hybrid working model, which incorporates a blend of in-person attendance as well as working from home – our aim being to fully leverage our remote working technology and provide a balance for our people in the way that they work.

Whether in the office or working remotely, we are proud of our team spirit and we like to reflect this in the way that we work and everything we do. Our Responsible Business Practices (“RBP”) prioritises Fragomen’s social responsibility through one cross-cutting theme and five focus areas of Wellbeing, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, CSR including Pro Bono, Social and Sustainability. The RBP initiatives offer great opportunities for everyone at Fragomen to get involved and help steer a variety of initiatives and activities.

Fragomen is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all employees and applicants, regardless of race, ethnicity, heritage, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

Practice area

  • Immigration law

Years of experience

  • 1 - 2 years of experience

Salary range

  • £1-£29,999

Required languages

  • Japanese