Northeast New Jersey Legal Services-Immigration Law Project

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services-Immigration Law Project

Providing free legal services to low-income Bergen, Hudson and Passaic County residents in immigration law matters.

What is the Immigration Law Project?

The Immigration Law Project was established in 2009 to address immigration issues that are faced by the low-income community in our service area. The Immigration Legal Rights Project seeks to increase awareness and education about immigration issues through advice and representation on behalf of individuals in the following areas:

*Adjustment of Status

*Immediate Relative Petitions for USC’s

*Conditional Visa Expirations

*Renewal of Permanent Residency Cards

*Removal/Deportation of Legal Permanent Residents

*Citizenship Applications

*Loss of Naturalization Documents

*VAWA Self-Petitions

*U & T Visas

Fee Waivers for USCIS applications

Services we Provide:

Adjustment of Status:

Individuals who were inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States may be adjusted to that of a lawfully permanent residence if the individual meets certain criteria.

Immediate Relative Petitions for USC’s:

United States citizens are able to petition for immediate family members which may include a spouse, parent or child (under 21 years of age and unmarried).

Loss of Naturalization Documents:

Individuals who have naturalized but lost their certificate are able to request a replacement from USCIS.

Conditional Visa Expirations:

Individuals who are married to a US citizen for less than two years at the time of the approval of the petition and received a conditional two year residency card, must apply for that condition to be lifted within 90 days of the expiration date. There are exceptions to filing with their spouse for people who have been battered, divorced or facing extreme hardship.

Renewal of Permanent Residency Cards:

Individuals who have a Permanent Residency Card and who have an upcoming expiration date or who have an old Resident Card without an expiration date must renew their cards with USCIS.

Citizenship Applications:

Legal Permanent residents must be at least 18 years old and meet certain other criteria to apply for Naturalization.

Removal/Deportation of Legal Permanent Residents:

Permanent Residents who are facing removal or deportation from the U.S. because of a criminal history and who meet certain requirements, may seek cancellation of removal before the immigration court.

VAWA Self-Petitions:

Under the Violence Against Women Act, abused spouses and children of US citizens or permanent residents may self-petition to obtain legal residency without the abuser’s assistance or knowledge in order to seek safety and independence from the abuser.

U & T Visas:

Individuals who suffered substantial physical or mental abuse due to a listed criminal activity and who have or are willing to assist government officials in the investigation or prosecution may be eligible for a U visa.

Individuals who are/were victims of severe forms of trafficking and who have complied with a request for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of trafficking persons and who meet certain other criteria, may be eligible for a T Visa.

We are also available to speak with community groups. Call Us!

Who are We?

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) is a non-profit corporation supported with public and private funds.

We provide free legal services to financially eligible residents of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties in a variety of civil legal matters, including public benefits, housing, family, consumer, health, employment, education and community economic development.

Our attorneys, paralegals and support staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services. We seek to assure that access to the civil justice system is not denied to individuals simply because they cannot afford a private attorney.


You may be eligible for free legal assistance if you live in Bergen, Hudson or Passaic Counties. There are income and asset eligibility guidelines for free legal aid as well as regulations and priorities which may limit the types of cases that NNJLS accepts.

If you are not eligible for our services, our staff will try to make an appropriate referral.

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services will make special arrangements to meet with you if you are homebound or disabled.

Do you have a Legal Problem?

If so, please contact your local county office at:

NNJLS-Bergen County Division

190 Moore Street, Suite 100

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Phone: (201) 487-2168

Fax: (201) 487-3513

NNJLS-Hudson County Division

574 Summit Avenue

Jersey City, NJ  07306

Phone: (201) 792-6363

Fax: (201) 798-8780

NNJLS-Passaic County Division

152 Market Street, 6th Floor

Paterson, NJ  07505

Phone: (973) 523-2900

Fax: (973) 523-9002

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services is an equal opportunity affirmative action agency and provides services without regard to race, color, gender, age, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Northeastern New Jersey Legal Services pamphlet. Please call or email them from the above number to get more information on the probre




About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Northeast New Jersey Legal Services-Immigration Law Project

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the above number to get more information on the program.

    Liked by 1 person

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