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A preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from significantly increasing the application fees for immigration benefits was passed this past Tuesday. The new fees were scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020. Current filing fees will remain in effect until the preliminary injunction is lifted. Catholic Charities Immigration and Naturalization program can assist you. Please call us and make an appointment. Our phone number is 312-427-7078.

El martes pasado se aprobó una orden judicial preliminar que impide que los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) aumenten significativamente las tarifas de solicitud para los beneficios de inmigración. Se programó que las nuevas tarifas entrarían en vigencia el 2 de octubre de 2020. Las tarifas de presentación actuales permanecerán vigentes hasta que se levante la orden judicial preliminar. El programa de inmigración y naturalización de Caridades Católicas puede ayudarlo. Por favor llámenos y programe una cita. Nuestro número de teléfono es 312-427-7078.

DACA Announcement/Informacion de DACA:


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resume accepting DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) renewal applications beginning January 13, 2018. This policy change is in response to the January 9 injunction by a U.S. district court in San Francisco requiring the federal government to resume accepting DACA renewal applications. 

You should know the following:

• USCIS is now accepting certain DACA renewal applications. If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may complete a DACA renewal application. This means you must fill out the latest versions of Form I-821D, Form I-765, and Form I-765WS. 

• If your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, you must reapply by filing your application as a first-timer rather than as a renewal. All applicants, whether filing as first-timers or as renewal must include the date their DACA expired or will expire on Part 1 of the Form I-821D.

• USCIS will not be accepting new DACA applications from people who haven’t applied for DACA in the past.

• USCIS will not accept or approve any advance parole requests from DACA recipients.

• We do not know how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications. The Trump administration stated that it plans to “vigorously” challenge the district court’s decision. This means that the window of time available for submitting your DACA renewal application is uncertain. If you fulfill the requirements mentioned above, you should assess whether to apply immediately.

WARNING: To request legal advice, please do not take advice from a notary public. If you are considering applying for a renewal, contact only an immigration attorney or a Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representative.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I apply to renew my DACA?

If your DACA will expire within the next 180 days, we recommend to consider filing to renew your DACA. Keep in mind that you run the risk of your application being either rejected, held for several months before being adjudicated, or granted an extension for less than two full years.

What should I do to prepare to apply to renew DACA?

• You must consider the possibility that the order requiring USCIS to accept applications may be appealed by the government before or even while your application is pending and you may risk losing the $495 fee.

• If you have been arrested, or been criminally charged or convicted since initially receiving DACA, or any past renewal application, you must speak to an immigration attorney or a DOJ accredited representative prior to applying, because given changes in who is considered an “immigration enforcement priority,” the risks associated with applying may be different if you have had interactions with law enforcement.

• When completing your renewal DACA application, it is important to be consistent with the information provided in your initial application and any past renewal applications. Always keep a copy of the application before you submit it.

How do I apply to renew my DACA

If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may submit a DACA renewal application. To file a renewal application, you must fill out and submit these forms: 

• I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
• I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and Form 
• I-765WS Worksheet. 
• Copy of the front and back of your last employment authorization document;
• Two passport-type photographs taken within 30 days of filing your renewal application.

NOTE: Make sure to use the latest edition of each form to avoid any delays in the processing of your application.

What is the fee for the DACA renewal application?

The fee is $495. 

My last renewal application was rejected because I did not meet the October 5, 2017, deadline. Can I still apply to renew?

YES. You can apply for renewal.

How long will it take USCIS to process my DACA renewal application?

We do not know.

Know Your Rights

Remember, all people in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, have rights under the U.S. Constitution and other laws. Make sure you know your rights if you are approached by police or ICE.

What Immigrant Families Can Do Now
• Talk to an immigration services provider about your immigration options.
• If you have a green card, find out if you can become a U.S. citizen.
• If you are here on a visa, find out if you can get a green card.
• If you do not have immigration status, find out if you may be eligible to get a visa or work permit.
• If you have a criminal arrest or conviction, find out how it might affect your case, or if there is a way to erase it from your record.

Make a Child Care and Family Preparedness Plan 
Make sure all information and emergency contacts are up to date at your children’s school(s) including who can and cannot pick up your children.
• Create a sheet of emergency numbers and contact information and a file of important documents so that you, your family or your emergency contact person can easily access them.
• Complete a caregiver’s authorization affidavit so another adult can care for your children temporarily.
• Register your child’s birth with your country’s government (for example, with your country’s  consulate  if your child was born in the United States.

Which documents you should and should not carry with you

If you have a valid work permit or green card, carry it with you at all times.
• If you do not have one, generally it is advisable to carry a state ID or driver’s license if it was issued in the United States and contains no information at all about your immigration status or your country of origin.
• Do not carry any documentation about your country of origin.
• Do not carry any false identity documents or false immigration documents. 
• At all times, try to carry a Know Your Rights card, to exercise your right to remain silent in case you are stopped or interrogated by ICE or police officers (if you need cards, please let us know).

Everyone’s Rights During an Immigration (ICE) Raid
Everyone – both documented and undocumented persons – have rights in this country
You have the right to remain silent. You can refuse to speak to an ICE agent. Do not answer any questions, especially about your birth place, immigration status or how you entered the United States. Say that you want to remain silent until you speak with a lawyer. 
• You have the right to demand a warrant before letting anyone into your home. Do not open your door to authorities without a warrant. You do not need to open the door unless an ICE agent shows you a warrant signed by a judge with your specific and correct name and address on it. If they say they have one, do not open the door for them to show it to you. Ask them to slip it under the door or through a window. 
• You have the right to speak to a lawyer and the right to make a phone call. 
• You have the right to refuse to sign anything before you talk to a lawyer. Do not sign anything. That could eliminate your right to speak with a lawyer or have a hearing in front of an immigration judge. This may result in you being deported immediately without a hearing. 
• You have the right to refuse to show any documents before speaking with a lawyer.
• Remain calm and do not try to run away. If you do, ICE or the police may use that against you. 

What You Can Do During an Immigration Raid 

If you can do so safely, take photos of, video record, document and report raids and arrests.
o Obtain the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. 
o If ICE agents or police officers enter without a proper warrant, ask for their names and/or write down their badge numbers.

For more information, please call:

312-427-7078 Chicago
708-329-4031 Cicero
847-782-4225 Waukegan

Additional help can be found by calling: 

Catholic Charities Legal Assitance (CCLA) (312) 948-6821
National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) (312) 660-1370
Legal Assistance Foundation (LFA) (312) 422-1240

Additional Resources from our Partners:

Services provided by Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA)

721 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: (312) 948-6821

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA) provides legal services to low-income individuals who are not represented by a lawyer. Our telephone advice line assists clients who are representing themselves by advising them of their rights and responsibilities as well as how to navigate the legal process when necessary. CCLA also offers a variety of other legal services, including representation in a limited number of areas and advice desks for face to face consultations. Please see the “Services” section of this website for specific information.

Immigration and Naturalization Services

205 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 427-7078 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Evaluates and provides assistance to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents in the immigration process involving family reunification applications. Also assist in completing applications for extensions of visitor’s visas, religious workers, work permits, replacement/renewal of permanent residence cards, naturalization/citizenship, and inquiries for status of cases at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices, as well as, American embassies/consulates abroad. 

Immigration Services Fact Sheet

Additional locations:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
1170 N. River Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016

Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Phone: (312) 427-7078 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

West Regional Office
1400 South Austin Blvd., Cicero, IL 60804

Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Phone: (708) 329-4031 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Melrose Park
1115 N. 23rd Ave., Melrose Park IL 60060

Days: Wednesdays
Phone: (312) 427-7078 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Catholic Charities - Waukegan
671 S. Lewis, Waukegan, IL 60085

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Phone: (847) 782-4225 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Community Center – Waukegan
914 8th Street, Waukegan, IL 60085

Days: Wednesday
Phone: (847) 782-4226 from: 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m 


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Servicios de Inmigración y  Naturalización


Todas las personas que viven en Estados Unidos, sean ciudadanos o no, cuentan con ciertos derechos bajo la Constitución de los Estados Unidos y otras leyes.
  • Tiene el derecho de rehusarse a dar consentimiento a inmigración o a la policía para que lo registren a usted, a su carro o a su casa.
  • Tiene derecho de permanecer en silencio. Si quiere ejercer ese derecho, debe decirlo en voz alta.
  • Tiene el derecho de hablar con un abogado antes de contestar cualquier pregunta. Puede decir, “Permaneceré en silencio hasta que hable con un abogado.”
  • Tiene derecho a llamar al consulado de su país de origen si es detenido por ICE o la policía. ICE y la policía debe permitirle a su consulado que le visite o hable con usted.


Que Pueden Hacer la Familias Inmigrantes Hoy

Si es residente, averigüe si puede hacerse ciudadano de U.S.A. 
Pregunte si puede obtener la residencia legal si entro con una visa.
Pregunte si puede obtener un permiso de trabajo si cumple con los requisitos y no tiene estatus migratorio legal.
Si tiene antecedentes penales a cumplido una condena, averigüe como afectarían su caso Migratorio.

Asegúrese de que todos los contactos y números de emergencia estén al día especialmente en la escuela, especialmente de las personas que pueden recoger a sus hijos en caso de emergencia.
Prepare un archivo con los documentos importantes para que usted, su familia o su contacto de emergencia pueda tenerlos a mano.
Complete una declaración jurada de guardián legal para que otro adulto pueda cuidar de sus hijos temporalmente. Busque ayuda con abogados que sepan preparar este documento.
Si sus hijos nacieron en los Estados Unidos, por favor regístrelos en el consulado de su país de origen.

Si tiene Permiso de Trabajo o Tarjeta de Residencia. Si no tiene estos documentos, es recomendable que tenga una identificación estatal, la licencia de conducir u otro documento que no tenga información de su estado migratorio o país de origen.
No lleve información sobre su país de origen.
No lleve documentos de identidad o estatus migratorio falsos.
Trate de llevar una tarjeta de Cuáles son sus Derechos (Know your Rights) y permanezca callado en caso ICE o la Policía lo interroga.

Sus Derechos En Caso de Una Redada

Recuerde que todas las apersonas documentadas o indocumentadas tienen derechos en este país.

Lo que tiene que hacer:
Tiene derecho a permanecer callado. Usted puede negarse a hablar con un agente de ICE. No conteste ni una pregunta, especialmente sobre su país de origen estatus migratorio o como ingreso a los Estados Unidos. Diga que quiere permanecer callado hasta que hable con un abogado.
Tiene derecho a exigir una orden de cateo antes de que los agentes de ICE ingresen a su hogar. No abra la puerta si no tiene una ORDEN JUDICIAL con su nombre y dirección y está firmada por juez. Si ICE dice que tienen una orden judicial, pida que se la pasen por debajo de la puerta o una ventana.
Tiene derecho a hablar con un abogado y a hecer una llamada.
Tiene derecho a no firmar ningún documento antes de hablar con un abogado.


Lo que se puede hacer durante una Redada de Inmigración:
Si lo puede hacer de manera segura, tome fotos video, documente y reporte las redadas y detenciones.
o Tome nombres y direcciones de los testigos
o Si ICE o la Policía entra sin una orden de cateo, tome sus nombres y escriba el número de placa policial

Para más información, por favor llame de: 2:00 to 4:00 p. m.
312-427-7078 Chicago
708-329-4031 Cicero
847-782-4225 Waukegan

Si lo detienen llame a:
National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) (312) 660-1370
Legal Assistance Foundation (LFA) (312) 422-1240
Chicago Legal Clinic (773) 731-1762

Servicios proporcionados por Caridades Católicas

Servicios de Inmigración y Naturalización 

205 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60606
Teléfono: (312) 427-7078 de 2 p.m. a 4 p.m.

Evalúa y proporciona asistencia a los ciudadanos estadounidenses y residentes permanentes legales en el proceso de inmigración en relación a solicitudes de reunificación familiar. Ayuda a completar aplicaciones para extensiones de visas de visitante, trabajadores religiosos, permisos de trabajo, sustitución/renovación de tarjetas de residencia permanente, naturalización/ ciudadanía, y consultas del estado de los casos en las oficinas de los Servicios de Inmigración y Ciudadanía de los EE.UU. (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés), así como en las embajadas/ consulados estadounidenses en el extranjero.   
Ubicaciones adicionales:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
1170 N. River Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016

Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Phone: (312) 427-7078 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

West Regional Office
1400 South Austin Blvd., Cicero, IL 60804

Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Phone: (708) 329-4031 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Melrose Park
1115 N. 23rd Ave., Melrose Park IL 60060

Days: Wednesdays
Phone: (312) 427-7078 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Catholic Charities - Waukegan
671 S. Lewis, Waukegan, IL 60085

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Phone: (847) 782-4225 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Community Center – Waukegan
914 8th Street, Waukegan, IL 60085

Days: Wednesday
Phone: (847) 782-4226 from: 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Phone: (312) 655-7525
721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654