United African Organization

UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.

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




Legal Resources and Referrals

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)

208 S. LaSalle St.,Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-660-1370 
Appointments: 312-660-1370
Fax: 312-660-1505  

Low-to-moderate income immigrants; immigration matters such as Visa processing, naturalization, deportation defense, asylum; intake by appointment only, Mondays, Wednesdays, and first Saturday of the month 
Centro Romero 6216 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773-508-5300
Fax: 773-508-5399
E-mail: romerolegal@aol.com

Immigration assistance to Latino immigrants; walk-ins accepted
Chicago Legal Clinic 2938 E. 91st St.
Chicago, IL 60617
Phone: 773-731-1762
Fax: 773-731-4264
E-mail Address: info@clclaw.org
Web Address: www.clclaw.org
Bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, domestic violence, landlord/tenant matters, tort defense, contract law, wills, immigration
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services 100 N. LaSalle St.
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-332-1624
Fax: 312-332-1460
Intake: 312-332-1624
E-mail Address: cvls@cvls.org
Web Address: www.cvls.org
Civil cases, general practice (low income), bankruptcies, divorce, guardianship, adoption, tort defense, collection defense, landlord/tenant
Community Economic Development Law Project 188 W. Randolph
Suite 2103
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-939-3638
Fax: 312-427-6172
E-mail Address: cedlp@aol.com
Web Address: www.cedlp.org
Non-profit community-based organizations focused on housing and economic development, and individuals pursuing small business development with the goal of economic self-sufficiency
Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) 910 W. Van Buren
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-421-4011
Fax: 312-738-9487
Hotline: 312-738-9200 (English); 312-421-4478 (Español)
E-mail Address: info@carpls.org
Web Address: www.carpls.org
Family law, consumer fraud, landlord/tenant matters, bankruptcy, debt collection cases, garnishments, contract law, housing discrimination, disability law, Medicare/Medicaid cases, elder law, veterans’ matters; intake via hotline 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with hours extended on Wednesday until 7:30 p.m.
DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service 126 S. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-653-6212
Fax: 630-653-6317
E-mail Address: las@anet.com
Web Address: users.anet.com
Family law, appellate advocacy, bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, wills, not-for-profit corporate advice for charities serving low-income persons, tort defense, collection defense, criminal misdemeanor, Social Security cases; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Inc. 220 S. State St.
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-347-7600
Fax: 312-347-7604
E-mail Address: lcbh@enteract.com
Web Address: www.lcbh.org
Landlord/tenant matters, unsafe housing, evictions, lockouts, utility shutoffs; potential cases reviewed twice weekly
Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services 14 E. Jackson Blvd.
15th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-986-4015
Fax: 312-986-4016
Intake: 312-986-4200
E-mail Address: contactus@metrofamily.org
Web Address: www.metrofamily.org
Family law services ranging from advice to full litigation; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago 111 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-341-1070
Fax: 312-341-1041
E-mail Address: wwinter@lafchicago.org
Web Address: www.lafchicago.org
Family law, public aid matters, Social Security, migrant issues, domestic violence
Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy 20 E. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312-408-1210
Fax: 312-408-1223
E-mail Address: life-span@life-span.org
Web Address: www.life-span.org
Domestic violence cases (Cook County), divorce, orders of protection, custody cases; intake by phone 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; no walk-ins accepted
Pro Bono Advocates 28 N. Clark St.
Suite 630
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-827-2420
Fax: 312-827-2425
24-Hour: 877-863-6338
E-mail Address: heatherm@probonoadvocates.org
Web Address: www.probonoadvocates.org
Domestic violence cases/civil orders of protection for low-income residents of Cook County; walk-ins accepted from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday
Uptown Peoples Law Center 4404 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-769-1411
Fax: 773-769-2224
Public aid, disability law, evictions
Will County Legal Assistance Program 5 E. Van Buren St.
Suite 310
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815-727-5123
Fax: 815-727-5152
Civil legal services to low-income and indigent residents of Will County; intake via telephone