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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. 


Announcement: HIAS Chicago to Close Refugee Resettlement Program

December 20, 2017: Jewish Child & Family Services and HIAS Chicago regret to announce that due to an extreme reduction in the number of refugees authorized to resettle in the United States in 2017-18, our refugee resettlement program is being ended by the U.S. Department of State. We are proud that, in partnership with our caring community, we have successfully resettled thousands of refugees over decades of effort.   Together, staff and volunteers have welcomed individuals from the Former Soviet Union, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and Syria. We have ensured that each had safe, furnished homes, connected them to employment and education for their children and set them on a path towards integration. The strength of our combined efforts was recently recognized during a successful State Department monitoring visit in November.

The decision to discontinue resettlement efforts was not ours. The State Department is in the process of closing and consolidating programs across the country.  The administration established an unprecedented cap of 45,000 refugees, the lowest number set since Presidents have been authorized to determine limits in 1980. It is possible the actual number of arrivals will, in fact, be even lower. By comparison, over 50,000 refugees were resettled last year and nearly 85,000 the year before.   Significant decreases in arrivals mean fewer programs are needed to support resettlement.  As saddened as we are to see our program end, we are deeply concerned about those individuals and families awaiting their turns to come to the United States.   Those who have been waiting years or even decades will now need to wait even longer to find freedom.

Please know that HIAS Chicago’s immigration and citizenship work will continue as it has for over a century. We will continue to explore new ways of serving individuals and families who have already been resettled or immigrated. Our commitment to social justice and welcoming the stranger remain as strong as ever. Thank you for your support.


See full press release here.  


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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