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    Does any one know any VOLAG in the Chicago area? My husband and I can't afford to pay an immigration attorney and we are not that well-versed ourselves in handling paperwork...some American friends of ours told us to contact an VOLAG but we don't know any...would appreciate your help

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    Does any one know any VOLAG in the Chicago area? My husband and I can't afford to pay an immigration attorney and we are not that well-versed ourselves in handling paperwork...some American friends of ours told us to contact an VOLAG but we don't know any...would appreciate your help

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    • #3
      You can check in your local Yellow pages in Chicago Area. Otherwise you can seek assistance from Catholic Social Services or other Non profit organizations for free legal help.
      Good luck.

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      • #4
        Umesh's advice is not bad:

        ALAC-Catholic Chatities Immigration & Refugee Resettlement Services
        126 N. DesPlaines St.
        Chicago, IL 60611
        312.427.7078


        is a very credible organization.

        These not-for-profit agencies, known also as voluntary agencies, provide free or low-cost immigration law services. Be aware however that the quality of service provided by VOLAGs, just like those of attorneys, varies. If you are not happy with the services of a particular organization, shop around.

        Just in case I'm including here a couple of other VOLAGs:

        Legal Services Center for Immigrants,
        Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
        1661 S. Blue Island Av.
        Chicago, IL 60608
        312.226.0173

        Travelers & Immigrants Aid, Midwest Immigrants Rights Center
        208 S. LaSalle
        Chicago, IL 60604
        312.629.1960

        World Relief
        3507 West Lawrence
        Chicago, IL 60608
        312.583.0002

        Good Luck!

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        • #5
          Thanks "Appreciated."

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          • #6
            I spoke to three -- yes THREE -- immigration attorneys in Chicago some time ago and no one of them gave me a clear-cut answer for my questions...the one thing that they did do was charge me $150 for an hour of consultation.

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            • #7
              Hermioni,

              This list gives the names of accredited organizations and individuals who are entitled to represent individuals before the immigration offices, Immigration Courts, and the Board of Immigration Appeals in Illinois.

              Archdiocese Latin American Committee
              Immigration and Refugee Services
              126 N. Des Plaines
              Chicago, IL 60661
              (312) 427-7078
              (312) 427-3130 (Fax)


              Catholic Charities
              Diocese of Rockford
              300 N. Alpine
              Rockford, IL 61107
              (815) 399-1709
              (815) 399-1731 (Fax)


              Centro de Informacion y Progreso
              28 N. Grove Avenue
              Elgin, IL 60120
              (847) 695-9050
              (847) 931-7991 (Fax)


              Centro Romero
              6216 N. Clark
              Chicago, IL 60660
              (773) 508-5300
              (773) 508-5399 (Fax)

              ChildServ
              1103 Greenwood Avenue
              Waukegan, IL 60087
              (847) 263-2200
              (847) 662-0663

              Chinese American Service League
              310 W. 24th Place
              Chicago, IL 60616
              (312) 791-0418
              (312) 326-5244 (Fax)


              Counseling Center of Lake View
              3225 N. Sheffield Avenue
              Chicago, IL 60657
              (773) 549-5886
              (773) 549-5892 (Fax)


              Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
              One South Franklin Street
              Chicago, IL 60606
              (312) 357-4666
              (312) 855-3291 (Fax)


              Immigration Project
              1320 Neidringhaus Avenue
              PO Box 753
              Granite City, IL 62040
              (618) 452-7018
              (618) 452-3549 (Fax)


              InterChurch Refugee and Immigration Ministries
              4753 N. Broadway, Suite 401
              Chicago, IL 60640
              (773) 989-5647
              (773) 989-0484 (Fax)


              Legal Services Center for Immigrants
              111 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 300
              Chicago, IL 60604
              (312) 341-1070
              (312) 341-1040 (Fax)


              Life Span
              20 E. Jackson Blvd. Suite 500
              Chicago, IL 60604
              (312) 408-1210
              (312) 408-1223 (Fax)


              National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is Refugee Center
              1233 Central Street
              Evanston, IL 60201
              (847) 733-3547
              (847) 733-3545 (Fax)


              Polish American Association
              3834 N. Cicero Avenue
              Chicago, IL 60641
              (773) 282-8206 Ext. 353
              (773) 282-1324 (Fax)


              Travelers and Immigrants Aid
              1817 S. Loomis
              Chicago, IL 60608
              (312) 435-4550
              (312) 421-0923 (Fax)


              Travelers and Immigrants Aid
              208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1818
              Chicago, IL 60604
              (312) 660-1300
              (312) 660-1500 (Fax)


              United Neighborhood Organization
              954 W. Washington, 3rd floor
              Chicago, IL 60607
              (312) 432-6301
              (312) 432-0077 (Fax)


              World Relief
              3507 W. Lawrence, Suite 206
              Chicago, IL 60625
              (773) 583-3010
              (773) 583-9410 (Fax)


              World Relief DuPage Office
              1825 College Avenue, Suite 230
              Wheaton, IL 60187
              (630) 462-7566
              (630) 462-8103 (Fax)

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              • #8
                Is it for sure that these agencies don't charge even a dime?

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                  • #10
                    These agencies are not-for-profit, they provide their services for free.

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                    • #11
                      i was wondering where i could find some free (or low cost) legal aid/advice in North Carolina. If anyone knows PLEASE help me!!
                      I am clueless where to go!! I can only find lawyers that want a lot of money for a consultation!!

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                      • #12
                        Check your town yellow pages Joann, you will find there some of these not-for-profits.

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                        • #13
                          Hmmm...

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