In order to qualify for an appointment with our legal consultation services, you must complete a Consultation Request Form. There are two ways you can do this. You can either fill out a simple online survey here, or if you would prefer to complete the intake process over the phone, you can call our office at 1-855-964-2542 between the times of 2pm and 4pm on Wednesdays.
Call our office at (855) 964-2542 on Wednesdays between 2-4 to schedule a consultation.
During the legal clinic you will be greeted by a volunteer who will gather all the necessary information to help the attorney accurately evaluate you immigration situation. Please make sure to bring all documents you may have related to your immigration case. All information you share with any of our volunteers, legal staff or attorney is kept strictly confidential.
After the initial intake with a volunteer, you will meet privately with the attorney. You will have the opportunity to share with the attorney your situation and he will explain any options that may be available to you. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled if additional information is needed.
Interpreters are generally available to Spanish-speaking clients. If you need an interpreter for a language other than Spanish, we ask that you please bring along someone that can interpret for you during the consultation. Children are welcomed and supervision is provided during the consultations.
As a battered spouse, child or parent, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the Violence against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA allows certain spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) to file a petition for themselves without the abuser's knowledge. This will allow you to seek both safety and independence from the abuser. The provisions of VAWA apply equally to women and men. Source: uscis.gov
U nonimmigrant status provides immigration protection to crime victims who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime. These crimes include: rape, murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, sexual assault, and many others. Source: uscis.gov
SIJ status is designed for non-U.S. citizen children in the United States who do not have permanent residence and have been abused, neglected or abandoned by one or both parents. For a child to be eligible, a U.S. state juvenile court must: make the child dependent on the court (or place the child under the legal custody of a state agency or other individual appointed by the state); declare that the child cannot be reunited with one or both of his or her parents due to abuse, abandonment or neglect; and declare that it is not in the best interests of the child to be returned to his country of citizenship. Source: uscis.gov
A removal proceeding, beginning after April 1, 1997, is one brought before an Immigration Court against a person charged as being removable (deportable).
As a citizen of the United States, you may help a relative become a lawful permanent resident of the United States by obtaining what is often referred to as a “green card.”
A U.S. citizen can file a petition for the following relatives:
A U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years or older may also petition for the following relatives:
As a green card holder (permanent resident), you may petition for certain family members to immigrate to the United States as permanent residents.
You May Petition For The Following Family Members:
In order to qualify for asylum, you must establish that you are a refugee who is unable or unwilling to return to your country of nationality, or last habitual residence in the case of a person having no nationality, because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Source: uscis.gov
A refugee is a person who has fled his or her country of origin because of past persecution or a fear of future persecution based upon race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. If the person is not in the United States, he or she may apply for inclusion in the U.S. refugee program. If the person is already in the United States, he or she may apply for the U.S. asylum program. Source: uscis.gov
Part of Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska’s (JFON-NE) mission is to welcome immigrants into our communities not only by providing them with free, high-quality immigration legal services, advocating for just immigration laws, but also educating both the immigrant and American citizens about the realities of immigration laws and the effect they have on our families and our communities. Therefore, we provide educational workshops to service providers, churches, and communities.
If your organization is interested in inviting JFON-NE to conduct a presentation, please email Emiliano Lerda by clicking here.