Welcome to Illinois is a project created by The Resurrection Project (TRP), a nonprofit organization in Chicago that helps immigrants navigate the immigration system in collaboration with other immigrant-serving nonprofits. Welcome to Illinois supports recently arrived immigrants in accessing immigration legal services

| TPS & Work Permit Immigration Application Workshops for Recent Arrivals 

The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago, in partnership with local community organizations, provide assistance to help eligible immigrants apply to stay or work in the US legally.  

Immigration Work Permit Application Workshops for Recent Arrivals 

Step 1: CLICK HERE to use the screening form to determine if you are eligible to attend a workshop. If you are a current shelter resident, please contact your case manager to register for an upcoming workshop. 

Step 2: If you are potentially eligible for a work permit through Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or parole, you will be able to sign up for an application preparation workshop in downtown Chicago.

Step 3: Prepare your workbook and documents needed to apply. 

Step 4: Attend the workshop according to the instructions texted or emailed to you.  

At the workshop, a legal representative will review your eligibility for Temporary Protected Status or a work permit. If you are eligible, your immigration application will be prepared. 

Step 5: After your application is filed, wait to receive notices from the immigration office (USCIS). If approved, you will receive your work permit and social security card via mail.

If you have already participated in a workshop and received a Request for Evidence (RFE) or denial, you can call our hotline or come to the workshop any Monday or Friday for assistance.  

Have questions? See the FAQ Section.

Have questions or need assistance? Call 312-668-0114 Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm. 

Asylum Clinics

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services is coordinating a Centralized Immigration Legal Service Center for recent arrivals to support in asylum, change of address, or change of venue cases.

The Center provides free legal information and assistance to individuals who entered on or after January 1, 2022.

The Centralized Immigration Legal Services Clinic is located at 401 S. Clinton St, Chicago IL 60607, inside the Illinois Department of Human Services Building (IDHS) on the first floor.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment. 



    What is TPS?

    TPS (Temporary Protected Status) is a temporary immigration status that provides protection from deportation and the ability to apply for a work permit.  
    To be eligible for TPS, you must:

    • Be from a country on the current TPS designation list
    • Have entered the United States by a certain date
    • Pass security and background checks 
    Country  Must have entered the U.S. on or before: 
    Burma (Myanmar)  September 25, 2022 
    Ethiopia  October 20, 2022 
    Syria  July 28, 2022 
    Yemen  December 29, 2022 
    Afghanistan  September 20, 2023 
    Cameroon  October 5, 2023 
    Somalia  January 11, 2023 
    South Sudan  September 4, 2023 
    Sudan  August 16, 2023 
    Ukraine  August 16, 2023 
    Venezuela  July 31, 2023 
    Haiti June 3, 2024

    What does TPS provide?

    • Work permit 
    • Protection from detention and deportation 
    • May travel outside the U.S. with permission (seek legal advice)
    • TPS does NOT lead to permanent residency or citizenship

    TPS vs Asylum

    • TPS is a temporary immigration relief for people from certain countries the U.S. Government decides to designate. 
    • Asylum is permanent legal protection for people who have been persecuted in the past or fear harm in the future in their home countries. 
    • Many people who qualify for TPS may also be afraid of returning to their home countries and qualify for asylum. 
    • Visit http://bit.ly/asylum-tps if you are deciding whether to seek asylum, TPS, or both. 

    | What is Employment Authorization Document (EAD)?

    Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) are work permits. There are many ways to qualify for an EAD. Many southern border arrivals who are processed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are given parole and allowed to lawfully enter the United States. Depending on the type of parole, an individual may be eligible to apply for an EAD. 

    If you currently have unexpired parole, you may be eligible for a work permit and to attend a workshop. Generally, individuals who entered with the CBPOne App will have parole. 

    | How do I know if I have parole? 

    Sometimes, the US government grants a person parole when they enter the United States. Parole is a type of discretionary permission to enter the United States. It is only given to some people in certain situations.  

    Individuals who have unexpired parole are able to apply for a work permit or “Employment Authorization Document” (EAD).  

    There are various documents that show an individual may have parole. Below are examples of documents that tell you if someone entered via parole, along with the parole expiration date. Below are some examples of parole documentation:

    If you do not have a photo or physical document such as the above examples, you can look up the applicant’s latest entry details online:  


    Follow these instructions to print or take a screenshot of your I-94 Form:  

    1. Visit https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94
    2. Scroll to “Already Visiting & Need Proof of Visitor Status?” and Select GET MOST RECENT I-94 
    3. Read and agree to Terms of Service. Select I ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE.  
    4. Enter your traveler information as it appears on your immigration paperwork. Under “Document Number,” enter your A NUMBER.  Select NEXT when finished:  
    5. If your entry returns a result, select PRINT from the next page. If not, double check your information.  
    6. Either print or take a screenshot of your I-94 Record. 

    Who decides if I am eligible for an immigration benefit?

    Federal immigration laws allow certain immigrants to stay and/or work legally in the US.
    In the United States, immigration laws are established by the Federal government, NOT the state or city government.

    How can I sign up for an upcoming Immigration Application Workshop?

    Review the information at the top of this page for workshop registration instructions.

    Where can I find a legal service provider to assist me if I do not qualify or cannot attend a workshop? 

    Visit ilaccesstojustice.com/get-help/ for a list of free legal service providers.