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The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) offers a wide range of legal services to low-income immigrants. Attorneys and trained staff provide consultations and legal representation on the following matters:

Deferred Action for Eligible Youth (DACA) 
Legal assistance for eligible youth and their families seeking to apply for deferred action and employment authorization. If you are looking to renew your DACA application, check our calendar for upcoming clinics. If you want to make an initial DACA application, please call to make an appointment.

Family-based immigration
Legal assistance for permanent residents and U.S. citizens who want to apply to bring family members to the United States or to allow family members in the United States to adjust their status.

Applications for Lawful Permanent Residence
Assistance in completing and filing applications for lawful permanent residence (also known as a green card.

Legal assistance for permanent residents who want to apply to become U.S. citizens.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Legal assistance for immigrants who qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) visas based on their country of origin and dates of immigration.

Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)
Assistance in completing and filing applications for Nicaraguan, Cuban, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan immigrants and nationals of the former Soviet Union who entered the United States in the 1990s.

Removal/deportation defense
Legal representation for immigrants who are in deportation proceedings.

Legal protections for immigrant victims of family violence
Legal assistance for men and women who qualify for immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because they have been abused by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Visas for immigrant victims of crimes
Assistance in obtaining a visa for immigrants who have been a victim of a crime and are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation of that crime.

Visas for immigrant victims of human trafficking
Assistance in obtaining a visa for immigrants who have been trafficked into the United States.

Detention defense

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.


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

Who We Can Help

  • Eligible youth (DREAMers) seeking to apply for deferred action (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 Protect Status or NACARA.
  • Immigrants in detention centers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky or Indiana
  • Asylum seekers

Please note that NIJC can only provide legal consultation to individuals living in the Chicago and Goshen, Indiana, region. Individuals living outside the Chicago region can find a list of free and low-cost immigration legal aid organizations throughout the country on the U.S. Department of Justice website.


NIJC offers consultations by appointment only. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most consultations are being conducted virtually.