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Guide to Citizenship and Immigration: Advocacy and Services

A pathfinder designed to share information about citizenship and immigration.

Helpful Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project
News about laws affecting immigrants and refugees, in English and en Español. 

American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights
This Newark-based program increases both "the information available to immigrants, service providers and other communities on immigration laws and rights through education and trainings" and "the ability of immigrants to access legal services through the provision of "Know Your Rights" presentations, legal services and referrals." Click here for a bilingual brochure on immigrant workers' rights. 

American Immigration Lawyers Association
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national bar association of attorneys specializing in immigration law. Visit here to find a lawyer by specialty, language, and zip code. 

Catholic Charities Immigration Services
Visit 321 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102, or call (973)-268-3160; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"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. There is a $40 consultation fee, and additional fees may apply depending on the type of work needed. However, no one is refused service because of his or her inability to pay."

National Immigration Forum
Especially useful for its news of current events and recent laws relevant to immigrants and refugees.  

Visa Information

Green Card Diversity Visa Lottery
"Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. A limited number of visas are available each fiscal year. The DVs are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year." DV 2016 Program: Online registration for the DV 2016 Program began on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concluded on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).

General Visa Information 
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
"The Visa section of, an official source of information about United States (U.S.) visa policy and procedures" answers visa questions for temporary visitors and immigrants. 

Visa Information for Immigrants
"Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate and live permanently in the U.S. must comply with U.S. visa immigration law, and specific procedures to apply for your visa." Find information on visa types, qualifications, FAQs, and more.