Updates from Immigration Legal Services

Citizenship Workshops:

*UPDATE* December 8th workshop CANCELED!

Next workshop is January 12th from 9am-12pm at World Relief Chicago. Click HERE to register or call 773-583-9191 Monday-Friday between 10am and 2pm.


DACA Renewal: 11/17 and 12/7 open hours canceled! Open hours resume 12/21. Apologies for inconvenience!

Open hours every 1st and 3rd Friday of every month for DACA Renewals!

ATTENTION: World Relief urges DACA recipients whose status expires in the next year to apply for renewal as soon as possible, while the injunction is still in effect, to preserve their DACA status. Rather than waiting to file renewal applications 150-120 days before the expiration of the DACA status, we have heard that individuals with DACA expiring through January  2019 have had their DACA renewal applications accepted by USCIS. As a reminder, for DACA renewal applicants who may not be able to afford the fee for renewal they may be able to receive scholarships from the Mission Asset Fund (MAF) or from the Mexican Consulate (for Mexican nationals only).

ATENCIÓN: World Relief insta a quienes tienen DACA cuyo estado expira el próximo año a solicitar la renovación lo más pronto posible, mientras la orden judicial aún esté vigente, para preservar su estado de DACA. En lugar de esperar para presentar las solicitudes de renovación 150-120 días antes del vencimiento del estado de DACA, hemos escuchado que las personas con DACA cuyos permisos expiran en enero de 2019 USCIS les ha aceptado sus solicitudes de renovación de DACA. Como recordatorio, para los solicitantes de renovación de DACA que no puedan pagar la tarifa de renovación, pueden recibir subsidios del Mission Asset Fund (MAF) o del Consulado de México (sólo para ciudadanos mexicanos).


Immigration and Citizenship Consultations are available!

We are currently accepting in-house initial consultations for immigration legal services. Interested clients can attend open hours on Wednesdays from 9am - 11am. Clients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that clients arrive earlier than 9am.


What does the Immigrant Legal Services Department Offer?

Confidential ILS services include:

  • Consultations to determine eligibility for immigration benefits and naturalization

  • Applications for U.S. citizenship

  • Family-based petitions, including consular processing

  • Applications for permanent residence for refugees, asylees, persons paroled in the public interest and immigrants in general.

  • Applications for Work permits

  • Applications for Travel Documents and Re-entry Permits

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

  • Applications for U-Visas and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)-Self Petitions. These services are provided on a limited basis

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Religious workers visas, on a limited basis. Other employment-based immigration services are not provided

  • Referrals as appropriate

*Employment-based immigration assistance is not provided.

*A $60 fee will be charged for the initial consultation. For additional legal services, affordable fees will be assessed.

*Unfortunately our office is not wheelchair accessible.  


ILS has the following professional, dedicated and experienced staff members:

Daniel Stutz, Legal Supervisor, LL.M, BIA Accredited Representative

Christy Hillebrand, Director of Resettlement and Legal Services

Tyler Koteskey, Paralegal 

Kara Hirner, Event and Outreach Coordinator