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Who We Can Help

NIJC provides legal consultations and representation for low-income immigrants seeking a wide range of immigration legal relief.

We are able to help: eligible youth seeking to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and employment authorization; immigrants applying for permanent residence through a family-based application; permanent residents applying for citizenship; immigrants who are victims of domestic violence or violent crime and seek protection in the United States; victims of international human trafficking; immigrants applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or NACARA; immigrants detained by Immigration and Custom Enforcement in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky or Indiana; and asylum seekers, including LGBTQ individuals seeking safety from persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We provide services to immigrants at 200% of the federal poverty guidelines or less. Please consult this table, updated January 2021, to see if your household is eligible.

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Browse the NIJC legal services programs below for more information on how to schedule an appointment based on your needs.

NIJC offers consultations by appointment only for individuals living in the Chicago region and Indiana.  Individuals living outside these areas can find a list of free and low-cost immigration legal aid organizations throughout the country here.


NIJC's Legal Services

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Asylum Seekers

NIJC provides free legal representation to asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their homelands.

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Detained Immigrants

The Detention Project provides legal orientation and representation to immigrant adults who are held by the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement in immigration detention in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Indiana.

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Victims of Human Trafficking

NIJC provides comprehensive legal services for non-citizen children and adults who have been trafficked in the United States.

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LGBTQ Immigrants

NIJC's LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Initiative provides legal services to low-income immigrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) and those who are living with HIV.


Immigration Court Helpdesk

NIJC's Immigration Court Helpdesk Hotline provides FREE legal information to unrepresented individuals at the Chicago Immigration Court.

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

NIJC's legal staff can help children who entered the country as unaccompanied minors assess their options for immigration legal relief.

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NIJC can help people with DACA renewals or initial DACA applications. Please see our event calendar for upcoming clinics. 

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Applicants for citizenship, permanent residence, and visas

NIJC's Immigrant Legal Defense project offers a wide range of legal services to low-income immigrants seeking to apply for lawful permanent residence (green cards), citizenship, visas, and other legal protection from deportation.