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. Additionally, we are proud of our expanded refugee resettlement program, which allows us to welcome and support individuals and families who have experienced the horrors of war and persecution and are now resiliently rebuilding their lives in Chicago.
HIAS Chicago's work is fueled by the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (the repair of the world) and Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming the stranger). We are the only Jewish provider of refugee resettlement and immigration services in the Chicagoland area, and we invite you to join us as we create a city and suburb-wide Jewish movement of welcoming.
HIAS Chicago/JCFS Stand with Refugees and Immigrants; Oppose Executive Order on Immigration
For over 100 years, Jewish Child & Family Services and HIAS Chicago have welcomed the stranger. We have supported more than 40,000 refugees and immigrants of varying backgrounds as they have sought refuge and freedom and built new lives in America. Regardless of faith, ethnicity or national origin, our commitment has been steadfast. We strive to support each individual as they transition from strangers in a new land to contributors to their community to proud Unites States’ citizens.
It is because of our commitment to welcome the stranger – a value central to our Jewish faith – that we stand firmly in opposition to the Executive Order signed January 27, 2017, which halts all refugee resettlement for 120 days, suspends Syrian resettlement indefinitely, limits immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and significantly reduces the ceiling for refugee admissions.
USCIS Citizenship PSA
Click here to view the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative PSA. It promotes awareness of the rights, responsibilities, and importance of United States citizenship, and the free citizenship preparation resources available to permanent residents and immigrant-serving organizations.
Click here to find more US citizenship information on USCIS's website.