Welcome to Just Neighbors
Welcome to Just Neighbors, a partnership with the immigrant community of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. If you are seeking immigration legal help, we would like to assist you in achieving your dreams and in providing a safe and secure future for you and your family.
In order to qualify for services with Just Neighbors, you must:
- be resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Washington, D.C. or Maryland
- earn 200% or less of the federal poverty guidelines
Please fill out an intake form or call us at 703-979-1240 during our intake hours (Tuesday–Friday, 9am–5pm) for a short phone interview. After you have submitted the form or completed the phone interview, Just Neighbors will contact you with further information.
What to expect when you contact Just Neighbors for help:
Once you have contacted Just Neighbors by phone or our intake form, the legal team reviews your intake and a volunteer will contact you to within 1-3 days to:
- Make an appointment with a Just Neighbors attorney. This may be an office appointment in our Annandale office or Herndon office, or a “clinic” appointment. In both cases, this is a personalized legal consult with a Just Neighbors attorney and trained volunteers. This appointment usually lasts 1-2 hours and there is a one-time $100 fee. Appointments are generally made 1-4 weeks in advance; we do not have a waiting list.
- For this appointment, it is helpful to bring any immigration documents, passport, birth certificate and any police or court records you may have. You may be asked to bring additional documents depending on what type of case you may have (money orders, proof of residency, etc.)
- During that appointment, an attorney will advise about your legal options. Sometimes, there may be no legal options and that may be your only appointment. In other situations, the attorney will outline the next steps and schedule additional appointments. This process can take several months to several years.
Fraud Alert: Please be aware that there may be spam/phishing emails pretending to be from Just Neighbors and asking you to respond to the email. They then ask you to get gift cards as your form of payment. DO NOT DO THIS. JUST NEIGHBORS WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO BRING PAYMENT WITH GIFT CARDS. If you are uncertain, please call our office before sending any money.
If you need other types of legal services, below are organizations that provide a variety of other legal services.
Resources to Help Afghan Refugees
Below are some thorough resource lists for those seeking to help Afghan refugees.
Immigration Legal Providers In Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
Because of our limited resources as a nonprofit, Just Neighbors is not able to help all the people who contact us for immigration legal assistance. We often refer people to other immigration legal service providers in the DMV area, including these:
Immigration Legal Services Nationwide
If you are looking for a nonprofit organization outside of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia that provides free or low-cost immigration legal services, search for one in the National Immigration Legal Services Directory.
If you are trying to find out where your family member or friend is being detained, check the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Online Detainee Locator System.
If you are looking for a private immigration attorney, search for one in the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Immigration Lawyers Search.
- Know Your Rights with ICE
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) community arrests
- Don’t Panic, Get Informed, and Don’t Get Scammed!
- Virginia 211 Free Service that can help you find local resources
- How Do I Locate Someone in Immigration Detention?
- Protect Yourself from Immigration Fraud!
- Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services
Health Insurance for Immigrants
Many immigrants qualify to receive health insurance. The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) permits individuals who are “lawfully present” in the United States to apply for health insurance as of January 1, 2014. The following is a list of immigrants who are considered “lawfully present” in the U.S. for purposes of the Affordable Care Act. Updated information on who qualifies for the Affordable Care Act is available from the National Immigration Law Center. To sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov.
- Lawful permanent residents (or those with Green Cards)
- Applicants for lawful permanent residence with approved I-130 / I-140 and pending I-485
- Withholding of removal status
Applicants for asylum / withholding of removal, with certain restrictions
- Temporary protected status
- Deferred enforced departure
- Deferred action (except for DACAs)
- Special immigrant juvenile status
- VAWA approved applicants
- T visa holders
- U visa holders
- Non-immigrant visa holders who are in status
- Convention against torture grantees
- Cuban and Haitian entrants
- Paroled into the U.S., for at least one year
- Conditional entrants: pre-1980 asylees
- Citizens of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau
- LIFE Act applicants with employment authorization documents (EADs) and certain family members
- Lawful temporary residents
- Applicants for cancellation of removal
- Immigrants with order of supervision
- Registry applicants
Immigration Advocacy in Virginia
To learn about and/or get involved with immigration advocacy, visit the websites of these organizations:
Non-Immigration Legal Providers in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
Social Services for Refugees and Asylees
If you are seeking social services for refugees and asylees, these organizations may be able to help:
Refugees and asylees have the right to work. For more information, refer to the flier for employers and refugees and asylees from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC).
Resources for Dreamers
To read the “Frequently Asked Questions” about DACA from DHS clinic here
To learn how to apply for a social security card, refer to the flier from the Social Security Administration.
To learn how to get a Virginia driver’s license, refer to the flier from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
This official letter from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles states that DACA is proof of legal status in the state of Virginia.
To learn how to transfer your credit history to your new social security number, refer to the article called Life After DACA: Obtaining a Social Security Number, Transferring Your Credit History, and Rescinding your ITIN, posted on the website of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).
If you change your address, you are required to notify the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within 10 days of your move. To change your address with Immigration, fill out and submit the AR-11 form.
Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
To learn how to get protective orders in Virginia, refer to the protective orders guide from the Department of Criminal Justice Services of Virginia.
To receive assistance in your area, visit one of these websites:
- City of Alexandria: Community & Human Services
- Arlington: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services
- Fairfax County: Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
- Loudoun County: Domestic Violence / Abuse Services
- Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park: Action in Community through Service (ACTS) Turning Points
- Latino Health Resources Guide: Domestic Violence Resources