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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. 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.

To learn more about our current services, click here. 


2017 HIAS Chicago Scholarship Application Now Open!

We are excited to announce the start of another HIAS Chicago Scholarship season! Ten scholarships are available including 4 undergraduate awards, 4 graduate awards, 1 Purdue Scolars award, and 1 Lyudmila Smolyansky Empowerment Scholarship for Women. Information, including application forms, can be found here. Applications are due no later than January 31, 2017.

Questions? Contact Jessica Schaffer, HIAS Chicago Director, at or 312.673.3232.

   HIAS Chicago's 2016 Scholarship awardees, left to right: Julie Zavelevich, Rebecca Ravchinskiy, Benjamin Gutman, Nima Kohanpour, Olga Konyakova, Alice Chudnovsky and Jason Levin. Not pictured: Anna Goman, Irene Sophia Keselman and Elizabeth Zharovsky. 


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.  

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