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National Immigrant Justice Center

  • Location:
    224 S. Michigan Ave.
    Suite 600
    Chicago, IL 60604
  • Phone:
    (312) 660-1370
  • Fax:
    (312) 660-1505
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Phone calls, Website
  • Appointments accepted:
    Yes

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) provides low-cost and free immigration legal services to low-income immigrants in the jurisdiction of the Chicago Immigration Court (including residents of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin). NIJC represents individuals seeking immigration relief, including asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, deportation/removal defense, waivers, U visas, T visas, protection under the Violence Against Women Act, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, family petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, TPS and naturalization.  In addition, NIJC conducts community outreach and education to provide immigration legal information to immigrant communities and service providers. 

State served: Illinois
Detention Facilities Served: Jefferson County Justice Center (IL), Kankakee County Jail (IL), McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility (IL), Tri-County Detention Center (IL), Boone County Jail (KY), Dodge Detention Facility (WI), Kenosha County Detention Center (WI), Kenosha County Pre-Trial Facility (WI)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, Habeas Corpus, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Referrals to other services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? Yes
Other information: NIJC provides direct representation to individuals in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.