Service Member Request for Assistance

AILA MAP will work to match your case with a pro bono immigration attorney if you meet all the following requirements:

  • You are an active duty service member or recent veteran (completing service within the past two years);
  • You are currently unrepresented by an attorney;
  • You hold a rank of E-6 or lower;
  • You are requesting immigration assistance for yourself and/or a child, fiancé, spouse, or parent;
  • You require immigration assistance for a case that doesn’t involve adoption or serious criminal issues; and
  • You have not requested AILA MAP assistance previously.

If you meet the above requirements, you may complete the request for assistance below with as much detail as possible so that we may better understand the case. The information you provide will be forwarded to the AILA MAP project coordinator, who will attempt to match the case with an experienced immigration attorney who has volunteered to help them at no cost. If matched, you will be placed in direct contact with an AILA attorney who has agreed to work with you.

Please note that AILA MAP will do its best to locate an attorney who can assist you, but matching is not guaranteed. If a case has been posted for 90 days to volunteer attorneys and has not yet been matched, AILA MAP will be unable to match the case and will contact you with further resources.

If you decide to hire an attorney or the case is resolved after you have requested assistance, please contact AILA MAP at as soon as possible to let MAP know you no longer require assistance.

If you are veteran seeking citizenship and you do not qualify for assistance through MAP, another helpful resource is the Veterans Naturalization Assistance Program (VNAP). A program through the Veteran’s Consortium, VNAP assists veterans apply for citizenship who have an honorable or general under honorable conditions discharge and who have a copy of their DD-214. If you or a veteran you know may qualify, please contact Nicqelle Godfrey at (202) 733-3337 or

About AILA: The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national bar association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, publications and information, professional services, and expertise through its 39 chapters and over 50 national committees. AILA is an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association and is represented in the ABA House of Delegates. Read about AILA’s Mission and Goals.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 07121359.