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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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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead

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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.  


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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young noncitizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two year period. In addition, they will continue to have work authorization and to be eligible to receive a social security number, and, in nearly every state, a driver’s license.

DACA recipients are encouraged to request renewal between four to five months ahead of their expiration date to avoid a lapse.  A lapse in DACA could result in a loss of work authorization and a driver’s license. To avoid these and other severe consequences, DACA recipients are encouraged to apply for renewal roughly four months before their expiration dates. 
Although DACA recipients who seek to renew must complete an updated and slightly shorter version of the DACA application, as well as two applications related to work authorization, pay a filing fee, and submit to a background check, the renewal process is relatively straightforward and most DACA recipients should qualify for renewal.

Our staff at HIAS Chicago assists clients: 

  • to determine eligibility for DACA renewal
  • prepare documents, petitions, and applications required by the US Citizenship and Immigraition Service
  • work with consular authorities and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service 
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    Call HIAS Chicago at 312-357-4666 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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