What You Need to Know About DACA/DACA Renewal

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  1. Initial and renewal DACA applications that were filed before September 5th’s announcement will continue to be adjudicated.
  2. Current DACA holders whose DACA expires between now and March 5, 2018 are eligible to renew their DACA ,but your renewal must be accepted by USCIS by October 5, 2017.  We recommend sending in your renewal no later than October 1, 2017.
  3. It’s very important that you speak with qualified immigration attorneys to determine whether you might be eligible for a permanent form of relief under our existing laws. To schedule a legal consultation, please call 847-926-1867 or email info@hphlegalaid.org.
  4. Employment Authorization Cards: Previously issued EADs will not be revoked for the duration of their validity period.
  5. Advance Parole (travelling outside the US): DHS will not approve new applications for Advance Parole.
  6. If you are a current DACA holder, please be sure to obtain a social security number, or driver’s license prior to your DACA expiring.

Our Mission

The mission of the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income* individuals who live or work in Highland Park and Highwood in the areas of immigration, housing, and domestic violence.

*There are no income requirements for victims of domestic violence.

A Message from Mayor Nancy Rotering

We are fortunate to live in a community that celebrates diversity and steps up to help its neighbors. The Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic was founded on these principles.

In 2013, I created the City of Highland Park Human Services Task Force, a group of over 250 volunteers ranging in age from 17-85. We assessed needs and inventoried services available. A comprehensive human services plan was created and immediate outcomes led to creatively addressing various service issues, including access to affordable legal services, particularly for our senior and immigrant populations.

A Board of Directors was formed, sponsors and partners created a strong foundation and a mission was developed: focus strictly on the most emergent issues of housing, immigration and domestic violence cases, as these areas present an immediate risk to health and welfare. In addition, the Clinic does not pursue Federal funding, allowing all clients, regardless of immigration status, to be served. This significantly distinguishes the Clinic from other regional legal aid clinics.

We are proud to partner with the City of Highland Park, the City of Highwood, Open Communities, HACES, A Safe Place and Shalva. With their help and more than 100 volunteer attorneys and other community volunteers,  the Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic provides comprehensive services and referrals to clients. Working with our local school districts, clergy and  Moraine Township, outreach to those in need and volunteers who wish to serve is broad and coordinated.

The Clinic serves as a beacon to our most vulnerable neighbors.  The need for critical legal services continues to grow. We pledge to provide outstanding legal services. We are grateful for the strong support we have received in the past and as we head into the future.

Mayor Nancy Rodkin Rotering

Founder and Honorary Chair

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