Immigration

Please select the category that best fits the type of resources you are looking for. 

These organizations provide free or low-cost immigration services. Even if you have an idea of the goal you would like to achieve– such as getting DACA, determining if you or a family member are eligible for a green card, applying for a visa, becoming a citizen, or just making sure of your rights– an immigration lawyer will explore all options and risks with you, and explain what courses of action you can take.  

If the organization you contact cannot help you, they will put you in touch with an organization that can. However, if you can’t get a hold of one resource on this list, continue trying to get in touch with others. They are all dedicated to helping the immigrant community in Chicago.

Right now, because of COVID-19, many offices may be closed, so be prepared to “meet” with a lawyer online over video chat and follow further instructions from each organization (depending on their regulations).

Services Available in the Chicago Area

National Immigrant Justice Center

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) can help with DACA, petitions for family members, green cards, citizenship, visas for victims of crimes, family violence, or human trafficking, deportation proceedings, immigration court, asylum, and more. 

Phone: (312) 660-1370 (can request appointment through phone or email)

Hours of operation: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to request an appointment

Email: immigrantlegaldefense@heartlandalliance.org

Location: 224 S Michigan Ave Ste 600, Chicago, IL 60604 (downtown Chicago)

See their website here for more information on their services. 

Staff speaks several languages, including Spanish. Services are free.

Greater Chicago Legal Clinic

The Greater Chicago Legal Clinic can help with a variety of different immigration legal services

Phone: (312) 726-2938 (24-hour intake line)

Location: 211 W Wacker Drive, Suite 750, Chicago, IL 60606

Apply for services online here

Services available in Spanish. Services are free or low-cost.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) can help with a variety of immigration issues. 

Phone: (312) 332-1624 (can make appointments through phone)

Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday 9AM to 5PM and Fridays 9AM to 4PM

Location: 33 N Dearborn Street, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60602

You can appply for their legeal services online here.

They also have an immigration hotline: (312) 332-8816.

(CVLS operates many legal clinics across the city, but they may not be currently active due to COVID-19).

Services available in Spanish. Services are free.

Erie House

Erie House can help with many immigration services, including DACA, citizenship, green cards, family petitions, asylum, removal proceedings, visas and petitions for survivors of domestic violence and assaults, and more. 

Phone: (773) 231-7884 

Email: eriehouseimmigration@gmail.com 

Request immigration services by filling out this form

Locations: 

Erie Neighborhood House

1347 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-3430

Erie Community Center and Administrative Offices

1701 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 563-5800

Erie House Little Village

4425 W 25th St
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 542-7617

Jose De Diego Community Academy (After School)

1313 N Claremont Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 975-2637

Logan Square Neighborhood Association (Legal Services)

2840 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(312) 384-4370

Services available in Spanish. Services are free or low-cost ($30 or $50 initial consultations).

Enlace Chicago

Enlace’s legal clinic can help with a variety of immigration issues, including family petitions, citizenship, deportation defense, and visas for survivors of crimes. 

Phone: (773) 943-7570 | (773) 893-0798 

Email: rchavez@enlacechicago.org or info@enlacechicago.org

Location: 2759 S Harding Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60623 (Little Village) 

Request immigration services by filling out this form

Services available in Spanish. Services are free.

Instituto del Progreso Latino

El Instituto del Progreso Latino can help with DACA, citizenship, family-based petitions, asylum, visas for survivors of domestic violence, green cards, and more. 

Phone: (773) 890-0055 ext. 4515 

Email: info@idpl.org

Location: 2520 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

Services available in Spanish. Services are free or low-cost.

Latinos Progresando

Latinos Progresando can help with a variety of immigration services, including free petitions for survivors of domestic violence and assault. 

Phone: (773) 542-7077 ext. 10

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM

Location: 3047 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60623

Request immigration services online here.  

Services available in Spanish. Services may be free or low-cost.

Centro Romero

Centro Romero can help with DACA, citizenship, and limited other immigration services. 

Phone: (773) 508-5300 

Location: 6216 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660

Fill out their online consultation form here to make an appointment.

Services available in Spanish. $30 fee.

Frida Community Organization

The Frida Community Organization can help with DACA, visas, citizenship, residency, and more. 

Phone: (312) 421-7599.

Email: info@fridacommunity.org

Location: 5133 S. Kedzie Ave 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60632

Services available in Spanish. Services are free or low cost.

The Resurrection Project

The Resurrection Project can help with DACA, citizenship, family-based petitions, green cards, removal defense, asylum, visas for victims of domestic violence, and more.

Phone: (312) 666-3062 

Hours of operation: Tuesdays – Fridays 9AM to 5PM and Saturdays 9AM to 2PM

Location: 1805 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

Make an appointment online here

Services available in Spanish. Services are almost all free (citizenship cases $50.)

Mil Mujeres 

Mil Mujeres can help with immigration legal services for survivors of violent, especially gender-related, crimes, but can potentially provide other immigration legal services as well, including DACA. 

Phone: (312) 219-2031 

Email: questions@milmujeres.org

Location: 222 South Morgan Street, Suite 3B, Chicago, IL, 60607

Services available in Spanish. Services are free or low-cost.

LIFE SPAN

Life Span can help with visas for victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

Phone: (312) 408-1210 (Chicago area) | (847) 824-0382 (Des Plaines)

Email: life-span@life-span.org

Locations:

Chicago downtown area

70 E. Lake Street Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601

Des Plaines

701 Lee Street #700
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Services available in Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Korean, and Russian, as well as in other languages through language line interpretation. Located downtown and in Des Plaines. Services are free.

Legal Aid Chicago

Legal Aid Chicago (formerly called LAF) can help with getting visas for victims of crimes, domestic violence, and victims of human trafficking. 

Phone: (312) 341-1070 

Apply online here for legal services. 

(Legal Aid Chicago operates several legal clinics across the city, but they are currently suspended due to COVID-19.)

Staff speaks several languages, including Spanish. Services are free.

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

The LSNA can help with DACA, citizenship, green cards, and other immigration services.

Phone: (773) 384-4370 | (216) 260-6429

Hours: 9AM to 5PM

Email: vrobles@eriehouse.org 

Location: 2840 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Request immigration services here

Services available in Spanish.Services are low-cost ($50 for DACA, citizenship, and green cards).

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities can help with DACA, petitions for family members, green cards, citizenship, petitions for victims of crimes and domestic violence, and more.

Phone: (312) 427-7078 (Chicago) |  (708)329-4031 (Cicero) |  (847) 782-4225 (Waukegan)

Hours of operation: 2PM to 4PM

Locations:

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA)

721 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
– Provide services for those who do not have a lawyer to represent them

Immigration and Naturalization Services

205 W. Monroe,
Chicago, IL 60606
-Provide assistance with visas, family reunification applications, work permits and more.

Services available in Spanish. Located downtown, with additional locations in Cicero, Des Plaines, Melrose Park, and Waukegan. Services are free or low-cost.

MIRA Chicago

The Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Alliance can help with green cards and citizenship. 

Phone: (773) 409-4597 

Email: info@mirachicago.org

Location: 6420 N California Ave, Upper 1, Chicago, IL 60645

You can request immigration services by filling out this form

Services available in several languages. Services are free.

JCFS Chicago

JCFS can help with DACA, citizenship, family-based petitions, green cards, and more.

Phone:  (312) 347-4666 | (855) 275-5237

Email: ask@JCFS.org

Locations:

Central Office |Office phone: (312) 357-4800|

216 W. Jackson Blvd
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606

Abe and Ida Cooper Center |Office phone: (773) 765-3100|

6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60645

Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center |Office phone: (773) 467-3700 or (773) 467-3900|

3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645

Response for Teens |Office phone: (847) 676-0078|

3033 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Elaine Kersten Children’s Center |Office phone: (847) 412-4350|

255 Revere Dr.
Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building |Office phone: (847) 745-5400|

5150 W. Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077

Buffalo Grove |Office phone: (847) 392-8820|

135 N Arlington Heights Road
Suite 104
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 

 

Services available in Russian and Spanish. Locations downtown, on the North Side, and in Northbrook, Skokie, and Buffalo Grove.

Chinese American Service League

CASL can help with various immigration legal services. 

Phone: (888) 764-6125 | (312) 791-0418

Location: 2141 S. Tan Court, Chicago, IL 60616

Apply for assistance online here

Services available in Mandarin and Cantonese. Located on the South Side. Services are free or low-cost.

Chicago-Kent College of Law

The Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Immigration Clinic can help with many immigration legal services. 

Phone: (312) 678-7174 | (312) 906-5366

Email: vcarmona@kentlaw.iit.edu

Location: 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL  60661.

Services available in Spanish.  Consultations are $60; representation offered at a below-market flat-rate fee.

Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors

Justice For Our Neighbors is a Methodist organization that can help with many immigration legal services, including DACA, family-based petitions, visas for survivors of crimes and domestic violence, asylum, removal defense, and more.

Phone: (773) 609-4401 

Apply for an appointment online here.    

Services available in Spanish. Located downtown, as well as Aurora, Rockford, Buffalo Grove, and Crystal Lake. Services are free.

United African Organization

The United African Organization can help with immigration services, including DACA. 

Phone: (312) 949-9980  

Fill out a contact form here

Location: 4910 S. King Drive, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL. 60615

Services available in several languages. Services are free or low-cost.

AFIRE Chicago

The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment can help with some immigration and citizenship services.

Phone:(773) 580-1025 

Hours: Monday – Thursday 10AM – 6PM

Email: contact@afirechicago.org

Location: 4300 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Services available in Tagalog. Services are free or low-cost.

Children’s Legal Center

The Children’s Legal Center can help with immigration legal services for children seeking asylum, facing removal, and other forms of immigration legal services. 

Phone: (312) 722-6642 (English) | (312) 722-6648 (Spanish) 

Location: 833 W Chicago Ave, Suite 320, Chicago, Illinois 60642

Services available in Spanish. Services are free.

World Relief Chicago

World Relief Chicago is a Christian-affiliated nonprofit. They can help with general consultations, green cards, family-based petitions, citizenship services, VAWA and U-visas, refugee services, and DACA.

Phones and Locations:

Chicago
3507 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625
general: (773) 583-9191
immigration: (630) 462-7660

DuPage County
191 S. Gary Ave. Suite 130
Carol Stream, IL 60188
general: (630) 462-7566
immigration: (630) 462-7660

Aurora
73 S. LaSalle Street
Aurora, Illinois 60505
general: (630) 906-9546
immigration: (630) 906-9546

Email: chicagoland@wr.org

Services available in Spanish.  Services are free.

HANA Center

The HANA Center can help with DACA, citizenship, green cards, asylum, removal defense, U-visas, T-visas, and more. 

Phone: (773) 583-5501

Locations: 

Chicago

4300 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Prospect Heights(847) 520-1999

664 N Milwaukee Ave, Suite 213
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Fill out a screening form here and someone from the Center will contact you within 48 hours. 

The HANA Center runs free legal clinics (currently online due to COVID-19); complete an intake form here.  

Services available in Korean and Spanish.  Services are free or low-cost.

The Indo-American Center

The Indo-American Center can help with citizenship and some family-based petitions. 

Phone: (773) 973-4444 ext. 103 

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM to 5PM

Email: ameah@indoamerican.org

Location: 6328 N. California Ave Chicago, IL 60659

Services are free or low-cost.

Chinese Mutual Aid Association

The CMAA can help with citizenship, adjustment of status, family-based petitions, and more.

Phone: (773) 784-2900 (Chicago) | (847) 289-1138  (Elgin)

Email: lillid@chinesemutualaid.org

Locations:

Chicago

1016 W. Argyle Street
Chicago, IL 60640

Email: info@chinesemutualaid.org

 

Elgin

164 Division St. #305

Elgin, IL 60120

Email: cmaaelgin@chinesemutualaid.org

Services available in many languages. Services are low-cost.

RefugeeOne

RefugeeOne can help with asylum, Temporary Protected Status, and other types immigration assistance. 

Phone: (773) 989-5647 

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30AM to 4:30AM

Email: info@refugeeone.org

Location:  5705 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659 

Services available in many languages. Located on the North Side. Services are low-cost (sliding scale).

Polish American Association

The PAA can help with citizenship, family-based petitions, student visas, translations, and other immigration services.

Phone: (773) 282-8206 ext. 342 or (773) 427-6342. 

Locations:

Main Office | (773) 282-8206
3834 N Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Learning Center | (773) 282-1122
3819 N Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Southside Office | (773) 767-7773
6276 S Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638

Services available in Polish. . Consultation fees: $20/15 minutes, $30/30 minutes, $60/60 minutes.

Hanul Family Alliance

Hanul Family Alliance can help with citizenship and other immigration petitions. 

Phone: (847) 439-5195

Email: ehan4@hanulusa.org 

Location, Phones and Hours:

Services available in Korean. 

Vietnamese Association of Illinois

The Vietnamese Association of Illinois’s Community Empowerment Legal Clinic can help with immigration court proceedings, asylum, deportation, family-based petitions, and more.

Phone: (773) 728-3700 

Hours of operation: 9AM – 5PM

Email: thuy.mersereau@hnvi.org

Locations:

Chicago

5110 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640
 
Carol Stream
640 E St. Charles Rd., Suite 200
Carol Stream, IL 60188
 

Services available in Arabic, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Services are free or low-cost.

UIC John Marshall Law School International Human Rights Clinic

The John Marshall Law School Clinic can help with asylum cases. 

Phone: (312) 427-2737 ext. 607 to schedule an interview.

Location:

International Human Rights Clinic
UIC John Marshall Law School
300 S. State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604

You can request information by filling out this form.

Services available in Arabic and Spanish. Located downtown. Services are free or low-cost.

Irish Community Services

Irish Community Services can help with a variety of immigration issues through its online legal clinics.

Phone: (773) 282-8445 | (888) 353-2447

Hours: 8AM – 4PM

Email: info@irishchicago.org 

Location: 4626 N. Knox Ave, Suite #301, Chicago, IL 60630

Clinics are remote (telephone or Zoom). Services are free.

Services Available in the Suburbs

Alliance for Immigrant Neighbors

The Alliance for Immigrant Neighbors can help with DACA, family petitions, green cards, and more. 

Phone: (224) 443-0113 (call or text) 

Email: info@allianceforimmigrants.org.

Locations: 

Northwest Suburbs

382 S. Mount Prospect Rd. Des Plaines, IL 60016

(inside Faith Alliance Bible Church)

 

Southwest Suburbs

117 N. Cass Ave. Westmont, IL 60559

(inside Peace of Christ Church)

 

Complete an online intake form here

Services available in Spanish. . Services are free or low-cost.

HACES: Hispanic American Community Education and Services

HACES can help with DACA, citizenship, and other immigration legal services. 

Phone:(847) 244-0300 

Email: info@haces.org

Location: 820 W Greenwood Ave, Waukegan, IL 60087

Fill out a contact form here

Services available in Spanish. Services are free or low-cost.

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center

Mano a mano can help with DACA, green cards, Temporary Protected Status, citizenship, asylum, visas for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes, and more. 

Phone: (847) 201-1521 

Locations and Hours:

Round Lake Park

6 E. Main Street

Round Lake Park, IL 60073

Hours: 

Monday – Thursday 8:30AM to 7PM

Fridays: 8:30AM to 12PM

Saturdays: 9AM to 12PM

 

North Chicago | (224) 538-7270

1810 Sheridan Rd. Suite #101

North Chicago, IL 60064 

Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM to 5PM 

 

Services available in Spanish. For locations in Mundelein, Highland Park, and Wauconda visit this page. Services are free or low-cost.

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic can help with family-based petitions, visas for survivors of domestic violence or other crimes, DACA, green cards, citizenship, Temporary Protected Status, deportation defense, and more. 

Phone: (847) 737-4042 

Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM to 5PM

Email: info@nslegalaid.org

Apply online here for an appointment.

Services available in Spanish. Located in Highland Park. Services are free.

PASO — West Suburban Action Project

El Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste can help with a variety of immigration legal services.

Phone: (708) 410-2000 for an appointment.

Services available in Spanish. Located in Melrose Park. Services are low-cost.

Services Available Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online can help with finding a lawyer or a legal solution. They can help you find a lawyer here. They also answer many immigration questions here. The site is available in Spanish and Polish.

Beyond Legal Aid — Helpline

Beyond Legal Aid runs a 24-hour immigration helpline.

Call (872) 267-2252.

The helpline is available in Spanish. Services are free.

CARPLS

CARPLS operates a free legal help hotline. Call (312) 738-9200. Services available in Spanish.

Services Available For Free

Justice Entrepreneurs Project

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project can help you find an immigration lawyer who charges for their services, but their lawyers are more affordable and flexible than many others. 

Call (312) 546-3282 or request a lawyer online here.

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