The World Relief Chicago Immigration Legal Services (ILS) program provides the community of Chicago with affordable, high-quality legal services to immigrants throughout the city and the surrounding area. 

 

What does the Immigration Legal Services Department Offer?

  • 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, Travel Documents and Re-entry Permits

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

  • Applications for U-Visas and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)-Self Petitions. However, 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

Please Note the following: 

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

*Employment-based immigration assistance is not provided.

*Unfortunately our office is not wheelchair accessible.

 

Wednesday ILS Walk-In Hours

Who: Any person seeking Immigration legal advice/consultation with a legal advisor 

When: Every Wednesday of every month  

Where: 3507 W Lawrence Ave (World Relief Chicago Office) 

Time: 9 AM - 11 AM

We recommend arriving a little before 9 AM as this service is first-come, first serve (there may be a short line or a wait) as we have limited spots available. 

Consultation Cost: $60 

Please Note:  This service is not an actual reserved appointment as we consider any Immigration Legal Service inquiry in-person on Wednesday as a Walk-in and we will assist first-come, first serve.  Consultation cost must be paid day of service. 

Upcoming Wednesday ILS Walk-In Hours

When: January 23rd, January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, & February 27, 2019 

Where: 3507 W Lawrence Ave (World Relief Chicago Office) 

Time: 9 AM - 11 AM 

However arriving early (before 9 AM) is highly recommended as this service is first-come, first-serve. 

For additional questions about our ILS Services or Walk-in Hours:  

  • Please call Marina, Immigrant Legal & Family Services Coordinator at  (773) 681-8570  Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM; 

  • Contact  our main office at (773) 583-9191 Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM 

  •  Visit our office (3507 W Lawrence Ave) during our regular office hours Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 

World Relief Chicago 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 Mexican Consulate (Mexican nationals only).

 

World Relief insta a recipientes de 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 Consulado de México (sólo para ciudadanos mexicanos).

 

Friday DACA Walk-In Hours

Did your DACA expire? Will it expire soon?  Have a DACA question or would like legal advice? If yes, then you should seek legal assistance immediately. 

 

When: Every 1st and 3rd Friday of every month 

Where: 3507 W Lawrence Ave (World Relief Chicago Office) 

Time: 9 AM - 11 AM       

We recommend arriving a little before 9 AM as this service is first-come, first serve (there may be a short line or a wait) as we have limited spots available. 

Fee/Cost: $50 Administrative Fee for World Relief Chicago

This helps covers costs such as processing, materials, postage, and copies. We accept payment in cash, credit card, check or moneorder. 

Government DACA filing fee: $495 Money Order made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security     

 

For additional questions about DACA and/or to contact us: 

  • Please call Marina, Immigrant Legal & Family Services Coordinator at  (773) 681-8570  Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM; 

  • Contact  our main office at (773) 583-9191 Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM 

  •  Visit our office (3507 W Lawrence Ave) during our regular office hours Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM

 

For DACA renewal, please provide the following documents and bring these items for Friday DACA Walk-In Hours: 

  • Two (2) passport photos
  • Copy of Work Permit 
  • Proof of I-821D or last approval notice
  • I-765 Approval Notices (worksheet) 
  • Annual Income Documentation
  • Copy of previously filed DACA application
  • Copy of Passport (if you have one), state-issued I.D. card, Driver's License or Consular ID card 
  • All criminal and/or traffic records if you have had any in the United States
  • $495 Money Order made payable to U.S.Department of Homeland Security

Please Note: Scholarships may be available through the Mexican Consulate 

 

Upcoming Friday DACA  Walk-In Hours 

When:  Friday, February 1, 2019, &  Friday, February 15, 2019

Where: 3507 W Lawrence Ave (World Relief office) 

Time: 9 AM - 11 AM

We recommend arriving a little before 9 AM as this service is first-come, first serve (there may be a short line or a wait) as we have limited spots available.

 

Citizenship Workshops 

What is a Citizenship Workshop?

World Relief Chicago hosts an in-house Citizenship Workshop in our office once every month, typically on Saturday. We may also partner with local organizations at public libraries, city colleges, and other locations throughout Chicago to co-host these events. Our workshops are open to any permanent resident that is ready to apply for Citizenship.

 

Day of Workshop  

On the day of the workshop, clients will begin at the registration area (first station) to fill out registration paperwork and pay World Relief administrative fee which aids our organization in gathering volunteers and necessary materials to keep running the workshop.  After completing the registration, an applicant will be directed to the second station where they will meet with a volunteer attorney and go through a legal screening process.  During the screening process, the volunteer attorney will go through their documents, ensure they have all the required information, and answer questions. Once the applicant is cleared by the volunteer attorney to pass the legal screening, they will then be directed to the N-400 form preparation area (third station). A volunteer will guide the applicant in filling out the N-400 application.  After the N-400 application has been filled out to the applicant's best knowledge, they will be then be directed to the fee waiver station (if applicable) or head directly to the Exit Review (last station).  In the Exit Review, a World Relief legal adviser will review the application, answer any questions, and make sure everything is in order before it is submitted. 

 

Eligibility Requirements?

 In order to be eligible for Citizenship, you need to be a Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) for at least 5 years or 3 years if you are married to a U.S. Citizen. 

 

What do I Need to Bring to a Citizenship Workshop?

  • Click HERE for a list of required documentation to bring.

 

Upcoming Monthly Citizenship Workshop

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019 

Where: 3507 W Lawrence Ave (World Relief Chicago office)

Time: 9 AM - 12 PM

Required Documents to bring: Click HERE for the list of documents. 

For additional questions about the Citizenship Workshop, to pre-register, and get in contact with us: 

  • Call Marina, Immigrant Legal & Family Services Coordinator at  (773) 681-8570  Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM;  OR 

  • Contact  our main office at (773) 583-9191 Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM

  • Visit our office (3507 W Lawrence Ave) during our regular hours Monday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM

  •  Click HERE to pre-register to our monthly Citizenship Workshop online and save $5 in entrance fee cost

 

Immigration Legal Services Staff 

World Relief Chicago has dedicated, professional and experienced staff members within the ILS Department and always strive to provide quality work towards those we serve in our Albany Park community and surrounding areas. 

 

Christy Hillebrand, Director of Resettlement and Legal Services

Daniel Stutz, Legal Supervisor, LL.M, DOJ Accredited Representative (Habla Español

Tyler Koteskey, DOJ Accredited Representative (Habla Español

Kara Hirner, Event and Outreach Coordinator 

Marina Villarreal, Immigrant Legal & Family Services Coordinator (Habla Español