Volunteer Opportunities


Representation in Affirmative Asylum Cases


National Immigrant Justice Center


Can be done anywhere



Asylum may be granted to individuals who flee persecution in their home country and provides individuals with lawful status in the U.S. that can lead to citizenship. In affirmative asylum cases (when the applicant is not in removal proceedings) the volunteer attorney prepares an application for asylum, which is filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The application package generally includes: (1) a government form that explains the applicant’s personal history; (2) the applicant’s affidavit describing the reasons the applicant fears persecution; (3) a legal memorandum in letter form that describes the applicant’s eligibility for asylum; (4) other corroborating affidavits and evidence; and (5) applicable country condition evidence.

After filing the application, the attorney represents the client at a non-adversarial interview before the Chicago Asylum Office.

Required 3 hr. training held quarterly.

Other Immigration Opportunities

About the organization

Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The National Immigrant Justice Center provides immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.Our staff of attorneys and paralegals are ready to provide immigration legal help to:

  • Immigrants applying for family-based permanent resident status and citizenship
  • Survivors or witnesses of violence seeking U visas
  • Individuals applying for Temporary Protected Status or NACARA
  • Immigrant survivors of human trafficking
  • Individuals facing deportation
  • Asylum seekers
  • LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants fleeing persecution
  • Detained immigrant adults and children
  • DACA and other humanitarian relief
  • NIJC charges income-based fees for some consultations and services.