Immigration & Citizenship

The JFS Immigration And Citizenship Program provides low-cost assistance for each step of the way

The JFS Immigration and Citizenship Program is accredited by the US Department of Justice. Our experienced and culturally diverse staff provide low-cost assistance with:

  • Green card applications
  • Work authorizations
  • Family visa petitions 
  • Consular processing 
  • Citizenship applications 

Free classes are offered to prepare permanent residents for the US citizenship exam. Students can study English and civics with certified ESL instructors. View the current class schedule at

We also provide advocacy for complex cases and representation at naturalization interviews. Se habla español.

Application Services

The JFS Immigration Program is officially accredited by the US Department of Justice, enabling JFS to provide legal assistance and representation with various immigration applications. JFS assists clients in filling out USCIS forms including family visa petitions, fiancé visas, initial green cards, green card renewal, employment authorization, removal of conditional residence, citizenship, fee waivers, and travel documents, and also provides assistance with the National Visa Center, consular processing, and more.

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JFS offers case management throughout USCIS processing of each application until the adjudication of each case. The JFS Immigration Program has extensive experience with USCIS forms I-130, I-129F, I-90, I-765, I-751, I-485, I-131, N-400, N-648, N-900, I-912, I-942, I-864, and others.

Citizenship & Naturalization Services

The JFS Citizenship Program, grant-funded by USCIS, prepares lawful permanent residents for the US naturalization test. Clients can receive assistance and representation in filling out N-400 Application for Citizenship forms, USCIS fee waivers, and medical waivers. JFS case managers follow up with clients for biometrics appointments, interviews, re-interviews, requests for evidence, processing delays, and other issues.

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Civics classes are offered for any permanent resident preparing for the US naturalization test. Dedicated bilingual teachers instruct students in ESL, history, politics, reading, and writing in order to familiarize citizenship applicants with the interview. In every class, students are taught the official USCIS civics questions. Instruction is also given to help students answer personal questions from the N-400 application. Comprehensive English language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – are developed in each class with the specific goal of passing the citizenship exam. Classes are offered at various English proficiency levels at different times of the week. All JFS teachers are board-certified ESL instructors who are bilingual (English and Spanish).

Refugee Services

JFS, in partnership with the New Jersey Office for Refugees, provides social services for refugees and asylees. We help new Americans adjust to life in the United States and become self-sufficient. Refugees and asylees can receive free career counseling including assistance with writing resumes and cover letters, searching for jobs, filling out job applications, and more.

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“I feel so happy, yet it feels so surreal! I am breathing much easier for sure. Thanks again – your support meant everything!”
– Dina J, JFS immigration client upon passing her US naturalization test

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