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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 will not be scheduled until January 2021. Please call for an appointment if you need assistance with Refugee/Asylee green cards, DACA renewal and Citizenship.

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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.

If you have an open immigration case at World Relief, contact your legal representative directly with questions or concerns by email or by leaving a message on their voicemail by using the phone number provided to you when your case was opened. Due to Covid-19, ILS 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.

Services Include

General Consultations
Green Card Renewal or Replacement
Family Reunification
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Fiancé Petitions
  • Consular Process/Immigrant Visas
  • Asylee/Refugee Petitions
Citizenship Services
VAWA/U-Visas
Conditional Residency Removal
Refugee/Asylee Green Cards
DACA Renewal
Records Checks (FBI rap sheets, FOIAS, etc.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Use or possession of marijuana can have serious Immigration consequences.

 

Immigration Fee Changes

 

Public Charge Fact Sheet

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

DACA Update:

If it has been more than a year since my last grant of DACA expired, can I still apply for renewal?

  • If you submit a DACA request more than one year since your last grant of DACA expired or after your most recent DACA grant was terminated (at any time), your request is considered an initial request, not a renewal, pursuant to preexisting USCIS policy.
  • USCIS can accept initial DACA requests, but it is prohibited from approving them while this court order remains in effect.
  • You will be issued a receipt notice, and your payment will be accepted. However, the request will not be further processed, in compliance with the court order.

 

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

https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/

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

Eligibility

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.

 

Public Charge

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.

ICE Raids, How to Protect Your Family

We Have Rights: What To Do When Interacting With ICE

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