Center For Citizenship and Legal Immigration

The Center for Citizenship and Legal Immigration (CCLI) provides low-cost immigration consultations and services to assist immigrants in obtaining lawful status, applying for citizenship, and defending against deportation.

These services may include Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Waivers, Asylum, Citizenship/Naturalization, Assistance for Unaccompanied minors with removal proceedings, Assistance for Survivors of Domestic Violence and other violent crimes, among others.

How To Get Help

To get help with an immigration matter, whether for removal defense or for another type of immigration matter, or with concerns about how the Public Charge or COVID-19 may affect your immigration process, simply contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our Immigration Attorneys. 

The Center for Citizenship and Legal Immigration can be contacted in the following ways:

*By requesting to book a consultation, you are simply requesting information. Your appointment is not scheduled until it is confirmed by the CCLI. 

Important Things To Know

Resources are also available for Undocumented people during the COVID-19 crisis.

USCIS will be closed until at least May 3, 2020.

Everyone can and should get tested for COVID-19, regardless of their immigration status.

Calculate easily if you are eligible to receive your stimulus check, and how much you should expect

We are compiling the most up to date information and resources for clients during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Know Your Rights

Will going to the hospital to get tested or treatment for COVID-19 mean I won’t be able to get immigration status under the “public charge” rule?


  • Undocumented and other benefit-seeking immigrants might be rightfully concerned about the “public charge rule,” which can interfere with eligibility for a green card based on the likelihood that the applicant will need government benefits. But USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has announced that seeking COVID-19 related “treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis.” That’s true even if Medicaid or another government program pays for the services. Read the announcement here.
  • If you are showing symptoms or feeling sick, get tested and seek treatment. Your life should be your first priority.
  • If you are tested or received treatment or any type of public benefit during this time, make sure to keep all documents and records to show to immigration when the time comes. Your attorney will help you decide which documents to provide.




What should I do if law enforcement asks about my immigration status?


How to reduce risk to yourself

  • Stay calm. Don’t run, argue, resist, or obstruct the officer, even if you believe your rights are being violated. Keep your hands where police can see them.
  • Don’t lie about your status or provide false documents.
Your rights
  • You have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status with police, immigration agents, or other officials. Anything you tell an officer can later be used against you in immigration court.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them if you have them with you.
  • If an immigration agent asks if they can search you, you have the right to say no. Agents do not have the right to search you or your belongings without your consent or probable cause.
  • If you’re over 18, carry your papers with you at all times. If you don’t have them, tell the officer that you want to remain silent, or that you want to consult a lawyer before answering any questions.
What to do in such an encounter
  • In some states, you must provide your name to law enforcement if you are stopped and told to identify yourself. But even if you give your name, you don’t have to answer other questions.
  • If you are driving and are pulled over, the officer can require you to show your license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, but you don’t have to answer questions about your immigration status.
  • Customs officers can ask about your immigration status when entering or leaving the country. If you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has maintained your status, you only have to answer questions establishing your identity and permanent residency. Refusal to answer other questions will likely cause delay, but officials may not deny you entry into the United States for failure to answer other questions. If you are a non-citizen visa holder, you may be denied entry into the U.S. if you refuse to answer officers’ questions.
Additional resources




I am undocumented so I don't have health insurance, will I be able to afford to get tested and treated for COVID-19?


Although undocumented and other benefit-seeking immigrants might not be penalized for seeking testing or treatment for the COVID-19, they still might face issues when seeking ways to access healthcare. Undocumented people are welcome and will not be turned away from free/low-cost clinics. Here is a list of resources that can be helpful in finding and accessing free or low-cost services:

  • An example of a low-cost health clinic is Planned Parenthood.
  • This is a directory of free clinics across the country: https://freeclinicdirectory.org/
  • If you are experiencing an emergency, please know that emergency rooms and hospitals that receive Federal Funding (most do) cannot turn away patients. Find one here.
  • Find low-cost clinics per county here.
  • Immigrants Rising shared list of resources for undocumented immigrants navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include coping with stress and fear, health access and guidance, connecting to free/low cost resources, legal rights, and supporting businesses. The guide is available in both English and Spanish.




Is it legal for ICE to detain people seeking healthcare in hospitals?


  • Yes, and they have gone into hospitals to arrest people on a number of occasions, or waited outside for them to come out. On March 18 ICE put out a statement claiming they will only target immigrants who pose a public safety risk and who have committed serious crimes for raids and arrests, and they would not carry out enforcement actions at health care facilities during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Also, while it may be legal for ICE to go into healthcare facilities to detain people, it is not necessarily legal for hospital staff or local law enforcement to cooperate with them. Hospital staff are bound by rules of confidentiality, and by their oath to cause no harm to their patients. Depending on where you live, there may be local or state law limiting the ways local law enforcement can cooperate with ICE.




Can ICE pretend to be doctors to get inside someone’s home to detain them?


  • In theory, ICE should get a warrant before forcing entry into anyone’s home but the reality is they don't always do.
  • If someone comes to your door claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), they are very likely lying. Ask them to slide their CDC identification under the door; it is very unlikely they will because CDC officials are not currently visiting individuals’ homes.
  • If someone comes to your door claiming to be a doctor and you weren’t expecting them, they may be lying too. Ask to see ID. Call whatever agency they claim to be from, using a number you find online rather than a number they give you. If you think they’re from ICE, don’t let them in, and don’t tell them anything.




What can I do to help my loved ones in ICE detention?


ICE suspended family visits March 13 due to coronavirus concerns. As with prisons and jails, you can support your loved ones by calling, writing letters, paying bond fees if you can, or researching existing bond funds. There are a lot of petitions circulating to free immigrant detainees: sign them, and share them with folks that you know. Here’s an example.




Is there any type of assistance available for undocumented people?


YES! Even though undocumented people are generally not eligible to receive government assistance, there are independent types of assistance provided by different types of organizations. If you lost your jobs, had your hours reduced, or have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are resources available to you. Financial Assistance:

  • NAKASEC: “This is a form to apply for NAKASEC’s Emergency Mutual Aid Fund. The request is for $500 in cash assistance. Please fill it out if you don’t qualify for existing government aid due to your immigration status.” Funding is available for undocumented folks across the country (regardless of where you live in the U.S.)\
  • UndocuScholars created an extensive list of nationwide resources for undocumented Communities facing COVID-19.
  • US-based BIPOC artists can apply to the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund.
  • Access this fund for in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners from the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
  • United We Dream is offering $400 to undocumented individuals and their families through their National UndocuFund. Applicants must not be eligible to receive state and/or federal aid and be able to show proof of hardship caused by COVID-19. Applications open April 24th. NAKASEC has an Emergency Mutual Aid Fund for individuals affected by COVID-19 and do not qualify for government aid due to immigration status. Apply here.
Food Assistance: You have access to food banks and food donation and distribution campaigns. Find your local food effort in New Jersey, here. Connecting To Free/Low-Cost Resources Mental Health Resources:
  • Explore The Conversation’s 10 Reasons Why Not to Panic to learn how we can collectively contain and defeat the Coronavirus.
  • Check out these tips from the Center for Disease Control on Managing Anxiety & Stress during infectious disease outbreaks in English or Spanish.
  • Learn about SAMHSA counseling services available to you through their Disaster Distress Helpline and Response Mobile App.
  • Check out this guide for parents and caregivers to help families cope from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
  • Get parenting guidance on talking to young and school-age children about coronavirus in English or Spanish.
  • Care for yourself and loved ones with the Informed Immigrant’s Mental Health Toolkit.
  • To connect with a crisis counselor about anxiety, isolation, concerns about school, financial stress, etc. related to COVID-19, text SHARE to 741741 for free, confidential, 24/7 support.
  • Wednesdays and Sundays from 5-6 PM (PT), join Immigrants Rising’s virtual Wellness Gatherings dedicated to helping undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to one another.
  • If you or a loved one are in need of support, call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) or text “LOVEIS” to 22522 anytime, for free and confidential support.
  • If you or someone you know has been directly impacted by a hate crime or racist incident, please report the incident and your story to STOP AAPI HATE (English). Also available in Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese or Khmer.





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