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USCIS Introduces New Fee Schedule

USCIS has published the final rule on their services fee schedule, the notice is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2016-25328.  This rule is effective December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fee.

 The new rule establishes a three-level fee for Application for Naturalization, Form N–400.

  • First, DHS will increase the standard fee for Form N–400 from $595 to $640.
  •  Second, DHS will continue to charge no fee to applicants who meet the requirements of sections 328 or 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA) with respect to military service and applicants with approved fee waivers.
  • Third, DHS will charge a reduced fee of $320 for naturalization applicants with family income greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

 Below, please find a copy of the table of changes for common applications:


Current Filing Fee

NEW Filing Fee

I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)




I-130, Petition for Alien Relative



 I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status



N-400, Application for Naturalization



N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship



 I-131, Application for Travel Document



 I-765, Application for Employment Authorization



 I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence




Supreme Court votes 4-4 on DACA+ and DAPA

June 22, 2016NancyAdvocacy, Blog

Extension of DACA and Approval of DAPA by the Supreme Court

by Robert Giles, UAO Intern-2016

With President Obama’s executive action for the implementation of DAPA and the expanded DACA having been blocked and returned to the lower court due to a 4-4 split decision by the Supreme Court Justices, much is at stake regarding the upcoming presidential election and the future appointment of a 9th Justice. Many in the African immigrant communities will fully understand and appreciate the implications that such programs, or lack thereof, could possibly have on them and their families regarding temporary protection from deportation and newly permitted work authorization. With the recent deadlocked decision and the impending termination of the Obama Administration, there is much to be concerned about regarding the livelihoods of such immigrant families and the policies concerning deferred action that directly affect them.

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The Zambian Heritage Association in Chicago (ZHAC)

May 12, 2016NancyBlog

The Zambian Heritage Association in Chicago (ZHAC) is unique in its engagement with Chicago’s Zambian community and integral in its growing voice. ZHAC aims to promote all aspects of Zambian heritage, from its cuisine to its fashion, by encouraging and promoting the professional and personal ventures of local Zambians.  Every year, ZHAC organizes numerous opportunities for the local community to get involved. These events range from “family gatherings” like picnics or barbeques on holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, to a business expo where Zambians can rent space and display their talents, from fabric-making to cooking. ZHAC is also responsible for a Zambian soccer team that plays in tournaments during the season.

In all aspects of the work that ZHAC accomplishes, an ultimate goal is to make aware the surrounding Chicago community of Zambia’s history and culture, so as to not only benefit Zambians themselves, but to also achieve unity with all members of the local community. It is, thus, critical in ZHAC’s efforts to include and involve “Zambians and their friends,” meaning any and all people interested in learning about the Zambian presence in Chicago.

As a relatively young and small organization, ZHAC is working to “spread its wings” through Facebook and word-of-mouth outreach, and through fundraising and donations. For more information on how to get involved with this growing community, please visit the ZHAC website at http://zhac.weebly.com/, or contact the ZHAC Chairperson, Tamiwe Helen Sichinga, at +1 733 398 9160. 

West Side Teens Make Global Connections at African Youth Forum

May 8, 2016NancyBlog

By  Vickie Casanova Willis

AfriCaribbean ArtsConnections (formerly known as West Side Story AfriCaribbean Drums & Dance) is a cultural education After School Matters program incorporating dance, music, and textile art to help teens connect to their roots from the West Side of Chicago, throughout the city, to Africa, the Caribbean and beyond. Founder and Director Vickie Casanova Willis created this program nearly 10 years ago, to help teens discover the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of the arts in an apprenticeship program that provides dance and drumming experiences, global engagement, life skills, and training in various arts techniques of the African diaspora. Activities each semester include guest speakers, performances, and collaborative events within the community plus college connections.

The talented teen apprentices in this unique After School Matters program recently spent a day visiting the continents of Africa and South America without ever buying a passport or leaving Chicago! They did this all during a special Saturday field trip to one of their favorite annual events, the African Youth Forum hosted by the United African Organization (UAO) on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, at 35th and State Street on the city’s South Side. Read more →

Diaspora Monologues

February 4, 2016NancyBlog, Events
Shola Shade Ezeokoli  @ 2016 Diaspora Monologues – Show 1 , performing a monologue “Do you speak African?”
Don’t miss ‪#DiasporaMonologues2016‬ Show 2 on
Sunday Feb 7 @ 6PM
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

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Housing Authority of Cook County Wait list Opening

February 3, 2016NancyBlog
Housing Authority of Cook County
The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) will begin accepting pre-applications for the public housing wait list for (2) two (3) three (4) four and (5) bedroom units at the following Family Development:
Vera L. Yates
1055 Berkeley
Ford Heights, IL 60411

Faith’s Internship Experience

November 28, 2015NancyBlog

Walking into UAO that first day and meeting everybody, I knew this internship was going to make this summer my best so far. Everyone was so nice and I felt really relaxed from the beginning which normally doesn’t happen much because I would usually take like a week or two to feel relaxed at a new place not to mention a new place in a different country.

Being my first internship, I wasn’t so sure what to do and how to go about doing some of the stuff but it was no bother because everyone made it all seem so easy and walked me through whatever I needed to do. I learned a lot of things ranging from data entry down to U.S. immigration law and it was wonderful. Read more →

Faith’s Last Internship Day

July 31, 2015NancyBlog

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