| Helping low-income immigrants find legal help

National Immigrant Justice Center

  • Location:
    208 S. La Salle St
    Suite 1300
    Chicago, IL 60604
  • Phone:
    (312) 660-1370
  • Fax:
    (312) 660-1505
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Phone calls, Website
  • Appointments accepted:

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) provides immigration legal services at low-cost or free to low-income immigrants in the jurisdiction of the Chicago Immigration Court. NIJC represents individuals seeking immigration relief, including asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, deportation/removal defense, waivers, naturalization, family petitions, and consular processing. It serves victims of domestic violence or other serious crimes seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act, U visas or T visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and TPS. In addition, NIJC conducts community outreach and education to provide immigration legal information to families in the community.

State served: Illinois
Detention Facilities Served: Elgin Police Department (IL), Jefferson County Justice Center (IL), Kankakee County Jail (IL), McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility (IL), Rock Island County Correctional Center (IL), Sangamon County Jail (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, Polish, 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.