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HIAS Chicago Citizenship Classes Offered

HIAS Chicago invites you to our Citizenship Classes to help you prepare for your citizenship interview and exam. 

Classes are taught in English by volunteer teachers.

Please check our Citizenship Preparation Programs page for more information.

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HIAS Chicago is a program of Jewish Child & Family Services and a partner with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago in serving our community.  

About HIAS Chicago

For over a century, HIAS Chicago has been one of the most respected providers of immigration services in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Founded to support Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s, the program has expanded over time to address the needs of various refugee and immigrant groups from around the world, regardless of religion, race or national origin. HIAS Chicago was particularly instrumental in the resettlement of Jews from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and in the last 40 years, has assisted over 40,000 immigrants and refugees from the FSU, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Today, as a program of Jewish Child & Family Services, HIAS Chicago is proud to provide an array of comprehensive, cost-effective immigration and citizenship services to hundreds of individuals, helping them transition from strangers in a new land to contributors in their communities to proud American citizens.

HIAS Chicago's work is fueled by the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (the repair of the world) and Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming the stranger).

To learn more about our current services, click here. 


JCFS/HIAS Chicago Statement on Attack in Pittsburgh

Jewish Child & Family Services and HIAS Chicago are heartbroken by the abominable act of hate that took place at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. HIAS Chicago's work, fueled by the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (the repair of the world) and Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming the stranger), will not succumb to fear, but continue to support refugees and immigrants from all parts of the world. Alongside our partners in the Jewish community, we will work to heal the hate that has blanketed both our country and the world.

With strengthened resolve, we will not let events like this get in the way of our mission: to raise our voices in support of refugees and asylum seekers; and spread a message of welcome and love.

In the coming days, weeks and months there will be opportunities for us to express our collective grief and hope for a better world. The first chance comes on Thursday, Nov. 1 at noon. The Jewish Federation will convene an Interfaith Solidarity Gathering at Loop Synagogue, 16 S. Clark St., Chicago. Organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council.

More information about this and future gatherings can be found here.  


Congratulations to HIAS Chicago's 2018 Scholarship Recipients!

From left to right: Boris Fedorov (University of Southern California); Sonya Dekhtyar (University of Chicago); Maria Ptouchkina (University of Chicago); Michelle Tulchinskaya (St. Louis College of Pharmacy); Karina Kipnis (Illinois State University); Alina Kipnis (Illinois State University); Shlomi Zilberman (Purdue University).

Not pictured: Aleksandra Goman (Loyola University Chicago) and Shon Stelman (Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University). 


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