Because NWIRP receives approximately 1,500 inquiries for services per week, we are unable to serve every request. Eligibility requirements can change depending on the caseload of our attorneys, demand for services, and activity in the immigration community around the country. However, our standard eligibility criteria for direct legal representation include:
- Status: NWIRP supports immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, regardless of immigration status.
- Income: In general, NWIRP can only assist individuals with an income of 200% or less of the Federal poverty level. Based on the poverty guidelines for 2017, this equals $23,760 per year for an individual and $48,600 for a family of four. Some of NWIRP's funding sources have higher or lower limits, so individuals should contact us to determine eligibility.
- Hardship in Home Country: NWIRP often takes cases of those who risk returning to countries where they would face significant hardships.
- Cases of Abuse: NWIRP tries to help those who lack legal status and are being physically or emotionally abused by someone in their family.
- Other Factors: Other factors, such as language barriers, age of applicant, and situation with dependents, are taken into account when deciding whether to take your case.
You can find a complete list of our eligibility requirements in English and Spanish at the following link:
If you have an immigration question and believe you meet these criteria, please contact the closest office listed below.
Please also reference our private attorney list as well as some of the community education programs NWIRP provides.nnIf the unit you are calling is not able to take your call, please leave a detailed message with your NAME and PHONE NUMBER as well as a BRIEF EXPLANATION of your immigration issue.
When you call, please explain what type of immigration issue you are calling about:
- Citizenship – ask for the Citizenship Unit
- Domestic Violence – ask for the VAWA Unit
- Asylum – ask for the Asylum Unit
- Family-Based Immigration – ask for the Family Services Unit
- Children or Juvenile – Ask for the Children & Juvenile Unit
- All other inquiries – Let the receptionist know your situation so we can best help you
Western Washington or Seattle
The Western Washington office individuals in Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum & Whatcom counties.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Toll Free: 800.445.5771
If you live in King County OR work or go to school in Seattle, you may be eligible for help through the new Legal Defense Hotline, made possible by the City of Seattle and King County.
Eastern or Central Washington
(serving individuals in Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Kittitas, Klickitat, Walla Walla Whitman & Yakima counties)
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Toll Free: 888.756.3641
(serving individuals in Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane & Stevens counties)
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Toll Free: 866.271.2084
If you or a family member is detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma
Tacoma Office – Serving Northwest Detention Center
Note: This office is only available for those detained at the NWDC
Please leave a voice message with the detained person's name and, if possible, the "A number" on the bracelet at the detention center.
615 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
121 Sunnyside Avenue
P.O. Box 270
Granger, WA 98932
620 N. Emerson Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801