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Immigration Assistance
The Refugee & Immigration Assistance program provides assistance to clients with immigration problems by providing inexpensive fee-for-service legal assistance in all phases of immigration and naturalization proceedings, representation in deportation or exclusion proceedings before the Immigration Court, and assistance in any matter involving immigration and citizenship.

We have experience with a wide range of cases, including family petitions (I-130, I-485), consular processing, religious worker visas, work permit requests (I-765), asylum (I-589), withholding of removal, the Convention Against Torture, Temporary Protected Status, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions (including 212(c), 212(h), and LPR cancellation of removal), fraud waivers (including 212(i) and 237(a)(1)(H) waivers), non-LPR cancellation of removal, claim preclusion, VAWA for domestic violence victims, U visas for crime victims, protections for informants, bond hearings, requesting prosecutorial discretion, requesting deferred action, requesting removal of electronic monitoring equipment, stays of removal, motions to reopen, and suppression motions after illegal immigration raids. We have experience in Newark Immigration Court, Elizabeth Immigration Court, New York City Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Third Circuit.

There is a consultation fee of either a $50 or $60 money order (depending on whether the question involves an immigration court case) and additional fees may apply depending on the type of work needed. Please bring paperwork about your situation to the consultation.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
Bishop Francis Center for Immigration Services
976 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

(973) 733-3516

Monday – Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment only. Please call for an appointment.

In 2013, the office will be closed on October 14, November 11, November 28-29, and December 24-25. Our 2014 schedule is not certain yet, but our office might be closed in 2014 on New Yearís Day, Martin Luther Kingís Day, Presidentís Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteranís Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the day after), Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

Client walk-in sessions:
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Thursdays: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
No appointment is necessary.

In 2013, we will not be offering walk-in consultations on Thursday November 28 or Tuesday December 24.

How to Get Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for Children in DYFS

A child is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status if:
  1. He or she is under 21 years old; and
  2. He or she is unmarried; and
  3. He or she is under the jurisdiction of the family/juvenile court or in the custody of the State; and
  4. He or she is eligible for long-term foster care due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment; and
  5. A family court judge has determined that it would not be in the young person’s best interest to be returned to the country of nationality or last residence.

If you know a child who meets these criteria, he or she could be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and a green card (also known as legal permanent residence).

We are available to consult on these cases and may be able to assist in getting undocumented DYFS children permanent residence. This is a special procedure that may be available to many children who are in DYFS custody in New Jersey.

For more information, please contact Rocio Ugartechea at (973) 733-3516, extension 209.

Refugee Services

Catholic Charities provides job-related ESL training, job training and job search for refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian parolees and certified victims of human trafficking at 2201 Bergenline Avenue in Union City - telephone (201) 325-4800 - only.

For other refugee services, please check the Office of Refugee Resettlement's website at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr.

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