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    Immigration law with a unique perspective.


    Brenda Treml is an immigration attorney and owner of

    Pathways Immigration Law, with offices in Oak Park, Illinois.

    Brenda has over over 19 years of experience in immigration law, currently representing the immigrant community and formerly as an officer for United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).



    *Appointments now available in person in the Chicago area and via Zoom or phone worldwide.


  • 708-831-1800


    1010 Lake Street

    Suite 200

    Oak Park, IL 60301



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    Brenda Treml


  • My mission is to be a strong advocate for you to get the best possible results for your immigration case. I am also committed to relieving the stress surrounding the immigration process by communicating openly, honestly, respectfully, and compassionately.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Including but not limited to the following:




    Change of Status

    Consular Processing


    F student visas

    Fiance/Fiancee visas

    Green cards

    I visas



    Naturalization appeals

    Parole in Place

    Petitions for Alien Relative (I-130)

    Requests for Evidence

    Stays of Removal

    U visas


    Visitor Visas

    Waivers (abuse)

    Waivers (hardship)

  • Client Testimonials



    Excellent Immigration Attorney - Highly Recommend Brenda Treml

    5.0 stars


    "Thank you so much Brenda, for your all hard work, care and quick response.

    Brenda from Pathways Immigration Law is one of the best US immigration attorney. She is extremely professional, experienced and knowledgeable. She will respond very quickly and will work hard to win your case. She takes time to listen to facts of cases and gives in depth and great attention to preparation and presentation of cases she handles.

    She helped me so respectfully, patiently and honestly. Thank you so much Brenda for everything you've done for me. May GOD bless you. Thanks a lot.

    I am very glad and lucky to have her for taking care of my case. If anybody is looking for the best immigration attorney, I would strongly recommend Brenda Treml."



    "I wish if i could rate them with 5 million stars!!
    [Pathways Immigration Law] are the best lawyers you can find in IL but i know they are the Best in the whole country! (I did a lot of search & read lots of reviews)
    professional , genuine, companionate , honest ( i saw them in action & they never give false hopes or fake promises) , very dedicated to their job & they believe in what they're doing" 



    United States

    "I pretty much knew at eighteen that I would petition for my mom because she has done a lot for me also so I felt that it was something to return the favor for being there for me, helping me out, and making the sacrifices for me to have things that she did not have growing up in Mexico.

    When I found out my mom was a lawful permanent resident I felt relieved after the entire process. Every time we would get mail from immigration, my mom and I would get more anxious for the next piece of mail that would say she was a permanent resident.

    Excellent service provided by the law firm, very flexible with me being at school to accompany my mom on appointments."




    "I felt very emotional knowing that after waiting many years to finally be able to travel outside the United States to visit my family and to find a job to help out my family without any fear of being fired because of not meeting the legal requirements to work.

    The law firm services were excellent . . . I congratulate them and cannot thank them enough for helping me."



    "Just wanted to share the good news: I got my green card. I [would like] to express all my gratitude with you and everything you did for us.

    I feel so happy... We both want to let you know if one day you need anything, whatever, just let us know and we will be thrilled to help you.

    Please celebrate with us because nothing of this wouldn't have happened if it hadn't been for you. My best wishes for you.


    Brenda, it's such a relief. You more nobody knows how twisty this process was, but it finally paid off. You were a smart and you knew how to proceed in every single obstacle that came along. So, really, really thank you.


    We can all breathe and enjoy this wonderful news. I'm free to go with my husband anyplace we want.


    People out there must know there is an excellent lawyer (you) ready to help and to support."



    "Thanks a lot and I really appreciate your care and efforts.

    You are my hero because you save us and you give me and all of my family members a great chance to live."



    "All what I can say you are fantastic. I am impressed from the way of your communication.

    I haven't even receive any notice and you are on top of my case."




    "Thank you very much for making this happen for us. Thanks to your knowledge and attention to detail, this was resolved faster than I thought, and I didn’t have to leave the country. We will Be forever grateful for this."



    D.G., January 2021

    "Gratitude, Brenda. Tons of it! I just wanted to tell you how grateful we are to have you in our lives. We will be eternally grateful for everything you did for us! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    We thought about you every day and we thank to God and the universe for allowing us to share that journey with you. Please count on us and remember you are. the most talented lawyer in Chicago."



  • The Blog

    September 11, 2017 · Immigrant Stories
    In late 2001, 4-year-old “Erin” was living in Athens with her parents and three brothers, in an apartment above the family’s store. She knew that her brother and father had traveled back and forth to the United States a few times, but when her parents made the decision that the entire family...
    There are currently some immigration options that may apply to an undocumented immigrant, depending on the individual situation.  Always check with a qualified immigration attorney to ensure you qualify for one of these benefits before you submit an application. 1. Petition by a qualified...
    WHAT IS TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS)?   Temporary Protected States (TPS) is a designation that the United States government provides to a foreign country due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning.   What are some examples of temporary...
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  • Biography

    Brenda Treml


    Brenda founded Pathways Immigration Law in 2014. She represents clients in a wide variety of immigration matters, from asylum to naturalization.


    Brenda began her career in immigration law in 2002 as an Asylum Officer. During her five-year tenure with the Chicago Asylum Office, she adjudicated Form I-589 Applications for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, as well as "credible fear" and "reasonable fear" cases and adjustment of status cases under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA).


    In 2007, Brenda was promoted to Senior Adjudications Officer with the USCIS Chicago Field Office, where she handled the most complicated cases involving Writs of Mandamus, National Security, and Waivers. In this position, she worked in each of the three office branches: Adjudications, Citizenship, and Customer Service.


    As the Senior Officer in the Adjudications Branch, Brenda adjudicated Form I-485 Applications for Permanent Residence, Form I-485 Supplement A Adjustment of Status under Section 245(i), Form I-130 Immigrant Petitions for Alien Relative, Form I-140 Immigrant Petitions for Alien Worker, Form I-601 Applications for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, Form I-602 Applications by Refugee for Waiver of Grounds of Excludability, Form I-864 Affidavits of Support, and Form I-693 Medical Examinations. Brenda also developed training materials on adjudication protocols and legal writing.


    As the Senior Officer in the Citizenship Branch, Brenda adjudicated Form N-400 Applications for Naturalization, Form N-648 Medical Certifications, and Form N-336 Naturalization Appeals. She also succeeded in overturning numerous wrongfully denied applications for U.S. citizenship on appeal.


    As the Senior Officer in the Customer Service Branch, Brenda adjudicated Form I-751 Petitions to Remove the Conditions of Residence, and was the only officer in the Chicago office appointed to adjudicate waivers of the joint filing requirement based on battery or extreme cruelty (also known as "I-751 abuse waivers"). She handled applications for Parole in Place for military family members, Section 289 registration of permanent resident status for American Indians born in Canada, Form I-824 Applications for Action on an Approved Petition, Form I-102 Applications for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document, N-600 Applications for Certificate of Citizenship, Form I-131 Applications for Travel Document, and Form I-821 Applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Brenda earned special commendation from several immigration attorneys and community-based organizations representing immigrants for her outstanding, compassionate service for victims of domestic violence and for undocumented military family members seeking parole in place. She also conducted training sessions for the Immigration Services Officers on various aspects of the adjudication process.


    Brenda obtained her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and her B.A. from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. At DePaul, she was a member of the prestigious Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Comparative Law for her outstanding academic achievement.


    Brenda is licensed to practice in Illinois and Minnesota.

  • Awards

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    May 13, 2015, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law receives an award from DePaul University College of Law for its service and commitment to improving the lives of immigrants.

  • Speaking and Community Engagements

    April 2016

    Elmhurst College Educator's Forum

    Elmhurst, IL

    Brenda gave a presentation on immigration law to a group of teachers.


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    May 14, 2015, Pathways Immigration Law - Immigration Service Providers Meeting, Chicago, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law hosts its first Immigration Service Providers Meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to connect community organizations to each other and highlight the work they are doing on behalf of the immigrant community.

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    April 17, 2015, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law conducts a presentation on asylum and refugee law to international students and faculty.

    April 15, 2015, Union League Club, Chicago, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law conducts mock naturalization interviews and talk about the benefits of US citizenship to members of the League of Women Voters.

    February 27, 2015:  Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of
    Other Languages - Bilingual Education (ITBE) 2015 Convention,
    Naperville, IL.




    Pathways Immigration Law conducts an immigration overview presentation to educators and discusses typical immigration scams in the community.

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    November 21, 2014:   2014 Northern Region Adult Education Conference, Bloomingdale, IL.

    Pathways Immigration Law conducts a presentation to educators on various immigration benefits and talk about President Obama's announcement of Executive Action on immigration.

    November 5, 2014:   DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law conducts a presentation on asylum law to staff members of community based organizations at a training hosted by DePaul University College of Law.

    October 25, 2014:  Illinois Teachers of Bilingual Education (ITBE) workshop, Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law conducts a presentation on the naturalization process and requirements to become a U.S. citizen to educators at the Illinois Teachers of Bilingual Education (ITBE) workshop.

    September 20, 2014:  Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law demonstrates a naturalization interview for students studying to become U.S. citizens.

    September 18, 2014: Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law talks to undergraduate students about immigration issues and reform.

    September 13, 2014:  Cook Public Library, Libertyville, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law demonstrates a naturalization interview for students studying to become U.S. citizens.

    September 12, 2014:  Centro Comunitario Juan Diego, Chicago, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law educates the community about typical immigration scams and how to report them.

    September 6, 2014:  Melrose Park Public Library, Melrose Park, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law answers questions from the community about various immigration benefits.

    July 24, 2014:  DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law conducts a presentation to staff members of community-based organizations on Form I-601 hardship waivers.

    July 19, 2014: Warrenville Public Library, Warrenville, IL

    Pathways Immigration Law conducts an immigration presentation to educators in the community.

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    November 12, 2015

    Immigration Service Providers Meeting, Chicago, IL

    Our second meeting to bring together immigration service providers.


    October 14, 2017

    Hands-On Education ITBE Fall Workshop 2017, Harper College, Palatine, IL

    Brenda was a Featured Speaker at the Illinois Teachers of Bilingual Education (ITBE) Fall workshop.




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    Suite 200

    Oak Park, IL 60301



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