If you are a permanent resident of the United States that has legally been in the United States for approximately five years, or has lived in the United States for three years and is married to a US citizen, you can file for U.S. citizenship through USCIS. Applicants must have some knowledge of the English language and a basic understanding of US history and government in order to pass the naturalization exam during their interview. In some circumstances, applicants may be eligible to take this test in their native language. The total application process takes about four to six months before approved applicants can become US citizens.
If you think that you qualify for US citizenship, you are invited to make an appointment at one of our citizenship workshops, which are held quarterly in different locations throughout the Southeast Side and South Suburbs. At our workshops, you will be asked to bring all of the documents and information required for the application. At the workshop you will fill out your application with the help of a volunteer and have it reviewed by an attorney to make sure it is ready to be sent to USCIS. A representative will also be present to let you know if you qualify for a fee waiver do not have to pay the $680 cost of the citizenship application.
Please check our Facebook page to see when and where our next Citizenship workshop is happening and schedule your appointment.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an executive action by the Obama Administration in 2012 that applies to certain people who entered the United States before the age of sixteen. If these individuals meet specific academic and legal guidelines, they can apply for DACA. If approved, they can obtain a Social Security number and receive a work permit to legally work in the United States. They are also granted a two year protection from deportation. DACA recipients must re-apply for DACA every two years as it is not a permanent program or a path to citizenship.
If you think that you qualify for DACA or need to renew it, you are invited to make an appointment at one of our DACA workshops, which are held quarterly in different locations throughout the Southeast Side and South Suburbs. At our workshops, you will be asked to bring all of the documents required for the DACA application. At the workshop you will fill out your DACA application with the help of a volunteer and have it reviewed by an attorney to make sure it is ready to be sent to USCIS.
Please check our Facebook page to see when and where our next DACA workshop is happening and schedule your appointment.
If you have any questions about our next workshop, please contact Mary Claire Schmit at 773-706-7150, or firstname.lastname@example.org
U Visa Services
The U visa is a visa that allows people without status to come forward and report crimes without fear of retaliation, like being deported.
The U visa allows for qualifying undocumented immigrants to gain lawful status in the United States for up to four years. The U visa also grants recipients the right to work and provides a work permit. Protection against removal is also granted, and, after 3 years, the U visa recipient may be able to apply for a green card. In some cases, U visa recipients are allowed to travel.
If you would like more information or think that you might qualify for a U visa, please come to our office hours. A follow up appointment with a lawyer in our legal clinic will be scheduled if needed.
Community Navigator Program
Every month CTU hosts a Community Navigator Training with a group of dedicated leaders that are trained in community doutreach, organizing, screening, document preparation, and/or application assistance related to administrative relief implementation and other immigration related services.
To attend our next training, call Mary Claire Schmit 773-706-7150.
Healthy Illinois Campaign
CTU has endorsed the Healthy Illinois Campaign and is working with a coalition of community organizations, social service agencies, religious institutions and healthcare facilities to pass legislation that would grant quality and affordable healthcare to all immigrants in Illinois.
Temporary Visitor Drivers License (TVDL)
Undocumented immigrants can now drive in Illinois and avoid unnecessary risks of traffic violations by obtaining a TVDL license through the Secretary of State’s website. As of July 1, 2016, all TVDL facilities, except for Chicago North and Chicago West facilities, will be processing TVDLs without an appointment.