Asylum Services

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The Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Project for Protection of Asylum Seekers provides free legal representation to asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their homelands. NIJC's LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative serves immigrants seeking asylum based on persecution related to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Who can claim asylum?

If you meet the following requirements, you may be eligible for asylum:

  • You are currently present in the United States.
  • You cannot return to your home country because you have been persecuted in the past by the government or by a group that the government cannot or will not control or fear you will be persecuted in the future.
  • You have been or will be targeted for persecution in your home country because of your religion, political views, race or nationality, or because you are a member of a particular social group.

NIJC's Asylum Project  will meet with you to discuss whether seeking asylum is a viable option in your situation. If NIJC is able to assist, the Asylum Project will find free legal representation to help you prepare your asylum application and to represent you before the Department of Homeland Security and/or the Chicago Immigration Court. Please note this service will require frequent visits to Chicago and that NIJC does not have the means to assist with transportation costs.

To set up an Asylum Project consultation, please call NIJC on Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at (773) 672-6555 or email immigrantlegaldefense@heartlandalliance.org or apply for our services via Illinois Legal Aid Online below:

Please note that NIJC can only provide legal consultation for individuals in the Chicago 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.

Click here to download a consulation schedule and instructions for how to make appointments for any of NIJC's legal services here.

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