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
*Loss of Naturalization Documents
*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.
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.
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