NIJC’s LGBT Project

NIJC (National Immigrant Justice Center) is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing legal services for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. They have a team of professional and experienced attorneys to provide low income immigrants with legal aid.

NIJC’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative provides immigration legal services to immigrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and those who are living with HIV. The services offered by the project are:

        1. Asylum Seekers: If you were harmed or fear harm in your home country based on your sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV positive status, you may be able to apply for protection in the United States.

        2. Bi-National Same Sex Couples: If United States citizens and permanent residents come across legal problems in the process of sponsoring their foreign national spouses for permanent residence in the United States, you can ask for legal aid.

        3. Survivors of Violent Crimes: If you have been the victim of a violent crime in the United States, and if you reported that crime to the police, you may be eligible for protection.

        4. LGBT Immigrant Detainees: If you or someone you know has been detained by immigration, NIJC will help the detained by providing information to them that could be critical to their case. NICJ also provides legal assistance to those detained to avoid being deported. 

        5. Appeals: NIJC also represents individuals on appeals when they lose their cases before an immigration judge. For these cases, the process is very time sensitive. Therefore, please call or email us as soon as possible if you require this assistance.

If you identify yourself as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, or if you are a person living with HIV, please contact us if you need any of the above services:

Tel: 773-672-6551


Charge: NIJC works specifically for low income immigrants and all the services are offered with a comparatively low charge. There is an initial case screening fee for $50 and $100 for asylum intakes (if there is a financial hardship, you may request a waiver of part or all of the fee).  Asylum cases will not be charged an additional fee. For other immigration legal services, please contact NIJC for details at 312-660-1300 or through their website

Language: Other than English, NIJC also takes cases from Chinese speakers. If you need further language assistance during the process, please contact Asian Development Service Group NFP: