| Helping low-income immigrants find legal help

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark - Bishop Francis Center for Immigration Legal Services

  • Location:
    976 Broad St
    Newark, NJ 07102
  • Phone:
    (973) 733-3516
  • Fax:
    (973) 733-9631
  • Contact methods:
    Drop-in, Phone calls
  • Appointments accepted:

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark has experience with a wide range of cases. They have experience in Newark Immigration Court, Elizabeth Immigration Court, New York City Immigration Court, and with the Board of Immigration Appeals. They have a well-established program for training and mentoring volunteer law students and lawyers.

State served: New Jersey
Detention Facilities Served: Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility (NJ), Essex County Correctional Facility (NJ)

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, 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)
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), ESL, Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Referrals to other services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, 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, Haitian Creole, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: No
Nominal fee charged? Yes
Other information: Drop-in for initial consultations on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Can also assist with immigration consequences of criminal convictions, fraud waivers, prosecutorial discretion, requesting removal of electronic monitoring equipment, motions to reopen, and requesting bond hearings. This organization is a partner of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.