Partners with Little Village Chamber of Commerce to Offer Free DACA Renewal Clinic Partners with Little Village Chamber of Commerce to Offer Free DACA Renewal Clinic

Little Village Announces a Free DACA Renewal Workshop on Friday, September 22nd to Help Dreamers Complete DACA Renewal Paperwork Before Oct. 5th Deadline

-For Immediate Release-

CHICAGO, IL (September 28, 2017) — Last week, on ABC News Chicago, Jaime di Paulo, Executive Director of Chicago’s Little Village Chamber of Commerce dedicated Chicago’s 48th Annual Mexican Independence Day parade to the young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, known as “Dreamers”. More than 300,000 people attended the parade, making 2017 one of the largest attended in the parade’s history.

“This parade is actually dedicated to the DACA students out there. You are not alone! We are with you.” – Jaime di Paulo – Executive Director, Little Village Chamber of Commerce

As a follow-up to this dedication, Little Village Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Chicago based software company, Road to Status, to offer a free DACA renewal workshop for both online and in person DACA renewal help from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday Sept. 22 at the Central States SER career center at 3948 W. 26th St., Suite 213, Chicago. This event is also made possible with the support and collaboration from, Central States SER, and Illinois Legal Aid Online.

On September 5th, President Trump announced the end to the executive order that protects Dreamers from deportation – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – but gave Congress six months to determine how to replace it.

“Dreamers who need to prepare their DACA renewal applications before their legal protections expire can attend the September 22nd event or get access to free immigration paperwork help online through the Little Village Chamber from now until the administration imposed October 5th deadline.” – John Paul Demirdjian – COO Road to Status

Experts estimate more than 10,000 Dreamers in Illinois are eligible to file for renewal of their DACA status. With physical workshops across the city filling up quickly in advance of the deadline

We (SER) are happy to provide our computer lab for this event.  Having the ability to complete critically important immigration paperwork safely and securely online during this chaotic time is something that everyone in our community can benefit from.” – Guadalupe Preston, Executive Director – SER

During this difficult time, user who completes their DACA renewal application via the Little Village Chamber’s site will also receive a free immigration attorney review of their DACA renewal application prior to filing through the October 5th DACA deadline. Road to Status is providing it’s software and the additional attorney review services for FREE through this partnerships until the Oct. 5 deadline. Attorney reviews are made available via their network of partner of law firms.

Road to Status’ retail DACA renewal application package is typically $148.00 online, but the fees are being waived for partnership events until the October 5th, 2017 deadline. DACA applicants are still responsible for the USCIS filing fees of $495 that are associated with the renewal application. Road to Status team members and network partner attorneys will be on hand during these events to provide support and guidance free of charge.


Check out the coverage on Telemundo from Friday’s event:


About Little Village Chamber of Commerce

The Little Village (La Villite) community, located in Chicago’s South Lawndale neighborhood, is home to more than 100,000 residents and represents the largest concentration of Mexican and Mexican Americans in the city of Chicago and the entire Midwest. Little village has a population made up of working-class, first or second-generation Hispanic. Little Village is the youngest neighborhood in the City of Chicago with nearly 70% of the population under the age of 35. The Little Village Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that has represented the interests of local businesses for over 40 years. Its mission is to support, promote, and enhance the growth and success of our local businesses and to leverage the community’s assets, contributions, and unique Mexican culture identity to generate new business opportunities. Learn more about The Little Village Chamber of Commerce here.

About Central States SER

SER’s mission is to promote economic self-sufficiency and upward mobility for low-income community residents through education and employment. SER was established more than two decades ago to provide employment-related services to people residing in the greater Chicago area. SER is the Spanish verb “to be,” and also reflects the means by which our mission is accomplished — Service, Employment, and Redevelopment. You can learn more about SER by visiting their website here.


About Road to Status

Road to Status, LLC provides easy-to-use, secure, and affordable immigration application preparation software solutions that help individuals, attorneys, non-profits, and corporate businesses complete immigration applications online. Road to Status users 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. Affordable attorney reviews of completed applications are available by licensed immigration attorneys via the Road to Status attorney partner network. Learn more about Road to Status, LLC at or watch a short video here.

Media Contact: Taylor Marcel
857-600- 0972


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