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If you are an asylum seeker

If you are an asylum seeker in removal proceedings, call the Immigration Court Helpdesk at (312) 660-1328.

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If you are detained, or are calling about someone in detention:

Call the NIJC Detention Project at (773) 672-6599 on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Detained immigrants call collect at (312) 583-9721 or use the pro bono platform and NIJC's 3-digit code, 565.

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If you are an LGBTQ immigrant:

Email for general information and to request a consultation.
Please be aware that the LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Initiative is not able to respond to most emails. Someone will contact you if a consultation appointment is available.


If you have a hearing at the Immigration Court and would like general information on the process:

Walk-up orientation sessions are available Mondays through Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NIJC's Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH), located in the Pro Bono Room at the Chicago Immigration Court 55 E. Monroe St, Suite 1500. 

Phone consultations also are provided via the ICH Hotline at (312) 660-1328.

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To make an appointment for any other immigration issues:

Call 312-660-1370.
The phone line is open to appointment requests Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.