The Immigration Project

Serving downstate Illinois with immigrant legal services.

New U.S. Citizen Cast His First Vote

Pablo Varela, a native of Mexico, became a U.S. citizen on November 1, 2013, and voted in his first election in March.  When asked why he wanted to become a U.S. citizen, Mr. Varela responded, "I wanted to be able to vote.  It’s important for me because I have lived here many many years with my ... Read more...

New U.S. Citizen in Sterling, IL

I want to let you know why I decide to become a US citizen. Two years ago, when I moved to Sterling, IL, I started to hear about places where I could get help to become a citizen. I decided to go to the Sauk Valley Community College to begin the process through the Immigration Project. Lastly, ... Read more...

IP at West Side Block Party

Immigration Project representatives will staff a booth at the West Side Block Party in Bloomington on Saturday, August 10.  Stop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pick up flyers and business cards.  We will also answer general questions.  If you need legal advice, call us on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 ... Read more...

Access to Justice Hearings Scheduled

You are invited to attend one of the regional Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Listening Conference for the Fourth and Fifth Appellate Districts.  Issues such as language barriers, limited access to information, restricted access to low-income legal services, special ... Read more...

Chicago Fundraising Event a Veritable Who’s Who

The April 4 fundraiser was a veritable Who’s Who of Chicago immigration legal services.  Those in attendance showed up to recognize our honorees Craig Mousin and Susan Schreiber as well as to celebrate our work in Central and Southern Illinois.  Attendees included: Ed Silverman, Director of the ... Read more...

Proposed Immigration Reform Bill Not Law Yet

The American Immigration Lawyers Association cautions immigrants about possible notario fraud.  View the public service announcement in English or Spanish. Read the proposed bill, "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" ... Read more...

May 19 Fundraiser

Join us for a Wine & Tapas Tasting party on Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Trenton House Restaurant at 2 East Broadway in Trenton, IL (see map below). Tickets are $20 per person and includes tapas (appetizers), samples of a variety of wines, and non-alcoholic beverages (soda, iced tea ... Read more...

New U.S. Citizen, Komlan Diabo

 To become an American was a dream I've had ever since I could remember.  I don't know how the influence came about, but I think watching the first Rocky, episodes of Tom & Jerry or the first Star Wars, what we learned about this country in Elementary school in Togo, or even Mr. Barack Obama ... Read more...

Thank you, Garlic Press & Caffé Italia

On April 9, we hosted our second annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception.  Thank you to the Garlic Press and Caffé Italia Ristorante for donating delicious h'ordeuvres and desserts for the event.  And thank you to the tireless volunteers and interns who are the lifeblood of our organization! ... Read more...

Adrian’s Story

My name is Adrian.  I came to the U.S. from Guatemala with my parents when I was 11.  I came to the Immigration Project for help with my Deferred Action application in the fall of 2012. The attorney who worked with me couldn't have been better! She had a flexible schedule and was so helpful in ... Read more...

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