We offer low-cost legal services for immigrants and refugees.

Our Immigration Legal Services team is here to help immigrants and refugees who live throughout the state of New Jersey.

Immigration Program

The Immigration Program of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey is accredited by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to provide low-cost immigration legal services to those unable to afford a private attorney. The Program is staffed with an immigration attorney and a BIA Accredited Representative.

Our Immigration Program has been providing high-quality immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants since the late 1980′s, always holding to the highest professional standards. Each year, we assist an average of 1,000 persons with a wide variety of immigration legal needs. The types of cases we handle include, but are not limited to:

  • Consultations on all immigration matters
  • Family petitions
  • Permanent residence, including adjustment of status and consular processing
  • Citizenship
  • Employment authorization
  • Temporary Protected Status
  • Suspension of Deportation (NACARA)
  • Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) self-petitions
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

English as a Second Language (ESL)

LSMNJ offers ESL Civics and Citizenship classes to immigrants who reside in Mercer County at our office in Trenton, NJ. These classes provide low-level integrated ESL and civics education, basic computer skills, and multi-level preparation for those intending to apply for U.S. Citizenship through our Immigration Program. Enrollment is free of charge but requires a commitment to attend a full eleven-week session, or at least a minimum of 60 hours of class instruction and completion of a post-test. Space is limited. Please call our office for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom, morning, or evening classes, please contact our office at 609-393-4900. No prior teaching experience or foreign language skills are required.