Illinois Legal Aid Online Partners with Road to Status To Provide Immigration Benefits Services to Illinois Immigrants and Their Families
-For Immediate Release-
CHICAGO, IL (July 18, 2017) — Today, Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) announces a strategic partnership with Chicago-based Road to Status, an industry-leading software company that provides online immigration document preparation tools and partner attorney services to individuals, attorneys, non-profits, and businesses. This collaboration will provide visitors to ILAO’s online legal resources with safe, easy to use, and affordable access to immigration services regardless of their income levels.
“We are excited to reinforce our core mission through this partnership by helping people identify their immigration eligibility, select the correct forms, and easily complete the forms online. Giving our community instant access to multi-lingual services like this will exponentially extend ILAO’s ability to connect people across the entire state with the help they need.” – Lisa Colpoys, Executive Director, Illinois Legal Aid Online
“Demand for affordable immigration services far exceeds the supply currently available through not-for-profit legal aid and community organizations. The most cost-effective way to address this gap is to use technology to help people understand their rights and their options. The partnership between Illinois Legal Aid Online and Road to Status is a promising development for families that need immigration help.” – Mark Marquardt, Executive Director, Lawyers Trust Fund
Illinois families will receive access to Road to Status’ online immigration application preparation tools and services via ILAO’s statewide legal services website, IllinoisLegalAid.org. In addition, people who are directed to Road to Status from ILAO will receive access to low-cost network partner attorney reviews and services at a discount.
“We are particularly excited about this partnership because Illinois residents seeking assistance with immigration applications can now come directly to ILAO’s website, research their individual eligibility options in English or Spanish, and begin preparing their immigration applications in a self-directed manner similar to how taxes are done online. The application reviews provided via this specific program will be conducted by experienced network partner immigration attorneys. – Chase Hertel, Director of Partnerships, Road to Status, LLC
“Our company mission is to make immigration support services affordable and more accessible. Nearly 1 in 6 people who live in America is an immigrant. Our solutions provide them with low-cost and high quality access to immigration support services. As true innovators and supporters of legal tech, ILAO again seizes this opportunity to be the first of their peers to offer this level of access to their constituents.” – John Paul Demirdjian, Chief Operating Officer, Road to Status, LLC
Road to Status offers extensive access to popular individual and family-based immigration benefits, such as U.S. Citizenship, DACA, Green Cards, and many more. These applications represent a small subset of the most popular immigration applications Road to Status offers online. View the complete list of immigration applications available to partner organizations here.
ILAO joins other immigration-focused non-profit organizations in Chicago, including the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, Chicago-based tech incubator 1871, and the Illinois Technology Association to offer technology assisted immigration solutions to their members and the community. Road to Status is committed to providing these services to non-profits and community associations with little to no cost for implementation, setup, or administration. Learn more about Road to Status’ immigration solutions for business and non-profit organizations here.
About Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO)
Illinois Legal Aid Online uses technology to lower barriers to the law so that people can understand their legal options, make informed decisions, and when necessary represent themselves. Since 2001, ILAO has improved the lives of millions of people by connecting them to the resources they need to resolve their legal problems when they can’t afford a lawyer. Through its award-winning website, people can access user-friendly online legal information and services from anywhere they can connect to the internet, including their mobile phone. ILAO puts the law within reach for everyone, regardless of their location, income, and education. Learn more about ILAO at IllinoisLegalAid.org, and watch a short video about its work.
About Road to Status
Road to Status, LLC provides easy-to-use, secure, and affordable application preparation software solutions that helps individuals, attorneys, non-profits, and corporate businesses complete immigration applications online. Road to Status users across the entire legal services supply chain can access these intuitive immigration tools and services securely online and from any device. Road to Status is making it easier and less expensive to complete and file immigration paperwork accurately the first time, every time, avoiding costly delays. Learn more about Road to Status at www.roadtostatus.com or watch a short video here.
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