ILS Client Resources
Call now to schedule an appointment:
Aurora (630) 906-9546
Chicago (773) 583-9191
DuPage County (630) 462-7660
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.
Client Services During the Pandemic
Out of concern for our staff and clients, our World Relief offices in Aurora, Chicago, and DuPage County are currently open to the public by appointment only. The Immigration Legal Services (ILS) department will continue to provide services remotely.
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, may not be scheduled until June 2021.
Green Card Renewal or Replacement
- Adjustment of Status
- Fiancé Petitions
- Consular Process/Immigrant Visas
- Asylee/Refugee Petitions
Conditional Residency Removal
Refugee/Asylee Green Cards
Records Checks (FBI rap sheets, FOIAS, etc.)
Immigration Fee Changes
USCIS Immigration fees were set to change and fee waivers eliminated on October 2, 2020. However, on September 29, 2020, a federal judge stopped the fee changes from taking effect. As a result, USCIS fees have not yet increased and fee waiver availability remains intact for certain applications, including naturalization and citizenship.
Because the case is still active in the courts, the new fees may go into effect at any time.
World Relief will continue to update you with the most current developments. For case specific questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your World Relief representative.
Important DACA Updates
On January 20, 2021, the Biden administration signed Executive Order, Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The executive order directs the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in consultation with the Attorney General to use all measures to preserve the DACA program of 2012 and assure the program is less vulnerable.
What this means for DACA recipients:
- At this time nothing will change with the DACA program.
- The original DACA program is intact and DHS and DOJ are no longer looking for ways to rescind it.
- For individuals who have DACA, their permits will continue to be valid during the eligibility period.
- Individuals will be able to renew their DACA, which will continue to be issued for the two-year period.
- Individuals who have never had DACA and are eligible will be able to file initial applications.
Eligible applicants can still file for initial DACA grants at this time. There are always risks with filing applications with USCIS and interested applicants should consult with a licensed immigration practitioner before submitting any applications.
There is still pending litigation challenging the initial order granting DACA status during the Obama Administration. A decision against DACA could affect the ability to apply for and grant DACA benefits. It is also possible Congress will begin to work on another program of law that would create different options for DACA recipients.
For more information, World Relief local offices may be hosting virtual information sessions to discuss these changes, provide pertinent Know Your Rights information, and answer questions. As always, for unique case concerns, World Relief recommends contacting our local offices to speak with an immigration law practitioner and schedule an individualized consultation to answer questions and evaluate your eligibility for immigration benefits.
General Immigration Updates
USCIS Announces Plan to Revert to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test
Applicants who filed their naturalization application on or after Dec. 1, 2020, but before March 1, 2021, with an initial examination (interview) before April 19, 2021, will have the choice to take either the 2008 civics test or the 2020 civics test.
USCIS will notify applicants who are affected by the change.
If the initial interview is scheduled on or after April 19, 2021, applicants will take the 2008 civic test.
Temporary Protected Status - Venezuela
*World Relief Chicagoland ILS is not currently taking TPS cases.
What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?
Temporary immigration status that allows eligible nationals of persons without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country to remain and work in the U.S during the designated period. TPS for 18 months, March 9, 2021, through September 9, 2022. *Registration period is March 9, 2021, through September 5, 2021.
Why was Venzuela designated for TPS?
Economic Crisis | Political Crisis | Health Crisis | Human Rights | Food Insecurity | Access to Basic Services | Crime and Insecurity
Venezuelan national or non-citizen having no nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela
Continually resided in the U.S. Since March 8, 2021; and physically present in the U.S. since March 9, 2021
*Not eligible if: Convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors in the U.S., has participated in the persecution of others, or found inadmissible on grounds applied to TPS applicants and are non-waivable.
Community FAQ: February 18 ICE Enforcement Memo
Click here for the FAQ from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
The Biden administration has canceled the Trump version of the public charge rule as of March 2021. This means applicants will no longer have to be concerned about certain public benefits preventing them from getting their green cards. Please contact the office for a consultation if you have already filed your application or if you would like to determine your eligibility for a green card.
Information about Public Charge Rule and 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.
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.
For general information on public charge: https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/
If You Are Expecting An Interview Abroad
Travel bans that had restricted some individuals from getting visas abroad have been lifted. However, the embassy and consulates are re-opening very slowly due to COVID restrictions. 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 represented by World Relief, contact your representative for more information and case-specific advice.
Know Your Rights
Everyone who lives in the U.S. is given certain rights, like the right 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.