On October 2nd, immigration fees were set to change in price and the fee waiver would be removed for most applications with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). However, on September 29th, a Federal Judge granted an injunction on the rule stopping the fee change from going into effect. While this means the current fees will remain the same as well as the application for a fee waiver, the ruling remains in the courts and may go into effect at any point. World Relief will continue to update you with the most current developments. Please reach out to your legal representative if you have any questions.
نظرًا لإغلاق المكتب ، تم إلغاء جميع المواعيد الخاصه بخدمات قوانين الهجره في المكتب حتى 4 مايو 2020
إذا كان لديك موعد في مكتبنا في الأيام المقبله ، فسيتم الاتصال بك لإعطائك موعد جديد خلال الأسابيع القليلة القادمة. سنجري عدد محدود من المواعيد عن طريق الهاتف أو مكالمة الفيديو ، سيقدم لك متخصصك القانوني مزيدًا من التفاصيل أذا تقرر عمل الموعد معك هاتفياً أو عن طريق الفيديو.
تم مؤقتاً إغلاق جميع القنصليات والسفارات حول العالم. تم إلغاء كل المواعيد الخاصه بتأشيرات الهجره وأي تأشيرات أخري.
أذا كان لديك موعد بالخارج في خلال الشهرالقادم, سوف تتلقي إشعاراً لتبديل الموعد. لمزيد من التفاصيل, يرجي مراجعة الموقع الألكتروني الخاص بالسفاره أو القنصليه التي لديك موعد بها: https://www.usembassy.gov.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
To schedule an appointment with World Relief Immigration Legal Services, please call the appropriate number below and leave a message. You will be contacted by someone on staff as soon as possible. Please note that due to high demand, first-time appointments for new matters, except for DACA and Citizenship, will not be scheduled until January 2021.
Aurora: (630) 906-9546 or (630) 246-4405
Chicago: (773) 583-9191
DuPage: (630) 462-7660
IMPORTANT DACA UPDATE
JULY 28, 2020
On July 28, 2020, the current administration issued a memorandum in response to the recent Supreme Court decision which determined the administration’s prior attempt to end DACA was not lawfully done. The new memo provides an interim DACA policy, effective immediately, with the following implications:
- Applications for DACA by first-time DACA applicants – including both those already pending and those not yet filed - will be rejected by DHS (Immigration) and associated fees will be refunded
- Applications for DACA-based Advanced Parole – including both those already pending and those not yet filed - will be rejected and refunded, except in “extremely unusual circumstances”
- Applications to renew DACA that are approved – including both those already pending and those not yet filed – will receive a one year grant of deferred action and work authorization
- Current DACA holders will continue to remain in valid DACA deferred action and work authorization for the validity of their documents (AKA, expiration dates on your current DACA documents will be honored, even if your documents do not expire for more than one year from now)
Although these changes reflect an “interim” policy to allow the administration time to review the validity of the DACA program, it is unclear how long such review will last and what its outcome may be. As with previous changes to DACA policy, this change is likely to result in further court litigation that may change how this memo is implemented. Stay tuned for more information.
To read the latest DACA memo: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/20_0728_s1_daca-reconsideration-memo.pdf
DACA SUPREME COURT DECISION
On June 18, 2020 the Supreme Court (also known as SCOTUS) ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “DACA” program continues. As a result of the decision, eligible individuals who have applied or would like to apply to renew their DACA may continue to do so. The decision means eligible individuals seeking to apply for DACA for the first time should be able to do so and may begin gathering the required documentation. Once DHS announces they are accepting initial DACA applications, World Relief will begin filing these cases.
On September 5, 2017 the government announced it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, due to federal court orders in early 2018 that issued nationwide injunctions to the government’s decision, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was required to continue accepting renewals for the DACA program. In November 2019, SCOTUS heard oral arguments regarding pending DACA lawsuits. On June 18, 2020, SCOTUS announced their decision. The dispute before the Supreme Court was not whether DHS could rescind DACA – everyone agreed that it could. Instead, the dispute was about whether DHS was subject to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and, if so, whether it followed proper procedure in rescinding the program as set forth by the APA rules. The Supreme Court has ruled that it did not. The Supreme Court has remanded the issue to the lower courts for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. To read the full Supreme Court decision: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-587_5ifl.pdf
World Relief hosted a virtual information session on June 22, 2020. A recording is available below. As always, for unique case concerns, World Relief recommends contacting our office to schedule an individualized consultation to answer questions and evaluate your eligibility for immigration benefits.
To watch the recording of a live DACA Infosession hosted by World Relief on June 22, 2020, go to: https://vimeo.com/431904625/13e6c088c6
For more information on the how the Real ID Act affects those who have DACA, please see the DACA Real ID FAQ Sheet: https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/REAL-ID-and-DACA-2020.pdf
To schedule a DACA renewal appointment or consultation with our office call:
DuPage: (630) 462-7660
Aurora: (630) 906-9546
Chicago: (773) 583-9191
For more information
IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION INFORMATION
Information About the New Expanded Travel Ban
For information on the New Expanded Travel Ban, including who it affects and how you can seek help, click here.
Information About the New Public Charge Rule
If you are unsure of how your immigration status could be affected by using public benefits, please call one of our offices for a consultation using the contact information above.
Know Your Rights
Everyone who lives in the U.S. is given certain rights, like the rights to freedom of speech and freedom to practice your religion. These rights apply to everyone, regardless of their immigration status. These guidelines from the Immigrant Legal Rights Council provide practical steps for what to do if you or someone you know has an encounter with agents from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). We recommend that you print this document and keep it with you to reference if necessary.
WORLD RELIEF VIRTUAL IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES
Out of concern for our staff and clients, our World Relief physical offices in DuPage, Aurora, and Chicago will be open as of July 13 to the public by appointment only. However, Immigration Legal Services will continue to provide services remotely.
If You Have an Open Immigration Case
If you have an open immigration case at World Relief, contact your representative directly with questions or concerns by email or by leaving a message on their voicemail as provided to you when your case was opened.
Immigration Legal Services continues to offer services remotely by appointment only. For those with an open case in our office, your representative continues to monitor all government correspondence and progress on your case. For those interested in consulting about a new legal matter, due to high demand we will be scheduling first-time appointments for new matters in January 2021.
If You Are Expecting an Interview Abroad
All consulates and embassies around the world were temporarily closed due to Covid-19. Initially, both Immigrant Visa and Non-Immigrant Visa appointments were cancelled. Select embassies have begun to resume limited visa issuance. For more details, please visit the location-specific website of the embassy or consulate where your appointment will be scheduled: https://www.usembassy.gov/
If your case is being represented by World Relief, contact your representative for more information and case-specific advice.
Cases Processed in the United States
All routine USCIS interviews were suspended until June 1. If you had an interview, ASC, biometric appointment or Oath Ceremony scheduled between March-June 2020, you should have automatically received a notice to cancel your original appointment. Another notice should arrive in the mail with your new appointment date and time.
Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center as many field offices (including Chicago) are open to the public again. Please check to see if your field office has reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.
For more information on USCIS office operations, including fingerprint appointments at ASCs, interviews, and Naturalization Oath Ceremonies https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.
Receiving free testing of Covid-19 will NOT make you a public charge. If it is medically advisable for you to be tested for Coronavirus, free testing will not impact your immigration case. Similarly, receiving a government stimulus check as a result of the CARES Act will not make you a public charge. See also Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs during Covid-19.
Restrictions on non-essential travel are in flux and may affect your travel plans.
Presidential Proclamation Effective April 24, 2020
The President issued a Proclamation on April 22, 2020 suspending immigrant visa holders from entering the United States for 60 days. The proclamation was original in effect until April 23, 2020, and as of June 22, 2020 was extended to December 31, 2020, subject to review every 60 days. The proclamation applies to certain applicants for lawful permanent residency (green cards) who are applying at a consular post abroad and are not exempt. This policy does not affect current lawful permanent residents or immigrant visa holders, spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens, military personnel, Special Immigrant Visa applicants or refugee/asylees, amongst others. To understand if this affects your family case, please contact our office.
World Relief provides high quality, compassionate, and affordable immigration legal services to assist immigrants, including refugees and asylees. We work to help people navigate the complex immigration system, obtain proper documentation, and reunite family members.
Our legal services professionals are accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice to practice immigration law, which gives them the expertise they need to advise immigrants on sometimes complex cases.
WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING SERVICES
Green Card Renewal / Replacement
Family Reunification, including:
Adjustment of Status
Consular Process / Immigrant Visas
VAWA / U-Visas
Conditional Residency Removal
Refugee Green Cards