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Legal & Immigration

 

“Helping immigrants become US citizens and participate fully in civic life; providing legal aids to those unheard voices”

In August 2011, HFA became a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Agency. BIA is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws. Legal and Immigration staff at Hanul are now accredited to practice immigration law and offer extended immigration services at a standard rate, which is still much cheaper than private attorneys. Immigration services include, but are not limited to, interpretation and translation of immigration notices; gathering, maintaining, and completing evidence or supporting documents; completion of immigration petitions and applications; case progress check and follow-up; and referrals to immigration attorneys.
 

Citizenship Application Assistance

HFA Citizenship Program was established in 1996 to assist immigrants in obtaining citizenship by helping them fill out applications, submit fingerprints, and escort them to the interviews for interpretation services. HFA also offers preparatory classes specifically geared to those who are planning on taking the citizenship test. Classes are held both at the Chicago and Suburban Office.

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Citizenship Classes

We offer US Citizenship classes at our Mt. Prospect office. Here you will learn about the 100 Civics questions, how to fill your N-400, and preparing for your interview questions. Classes are held from 8-10 weeks at a time. Please contact Youme Lee for more information at ylee@hanulusa.org.

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Citizenship Tutoring

We offer quick tutoring sessions for those who need additional help in a smaller setting at our Chicago office. Please contact Charlene Choi for more information at cchoi@hanulusa.org

Consulate General Office's Suburban Outreach Service

In an effort to provide more convenient access for Korean Consulate General Office’s programs and services to Koreans residing in the Northern Suburbs, our Suburban Office has been selected as the suburban outreach facility to be used by staff from the Consulate General’s Office twice a month. Services are provided every 1st Monday from 2pm to 4pm. Services provided include:

Korean Visa and Passport
• Military Registry
• Family Relations Registry
• J-1 Visa
• Voters Registry


Please contact the Korean Consulate General’s Office for questions regarding their services: 312-822-9485. 

Elderly Crime Victim Assistance Program

The elderly are often targeted as easy victims of crime. In an effort to protect Korean elderly, Hanul becomes an effective advocate for limited-English speaking Korean victims, survivors, witnesses and their families by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate individual victim assistance. The program also teaches Korean elderly protective techniques and preventative measures. The elderly are also informed about and referred to the appropriate legal system in an event they are victimized. Contact Lydia Park at 773-478-8851 ext.106 for more information.