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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.


A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; An optimist sees the glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.
~ G. Donald Gale

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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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Below are links to resources you may find helpful.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (National):
The HIAS Immigration Services Department provides information, training and expert advice on immigration law and procedures to community-based organizations working with refugees and immigrants and to individuals seeking basic immigration-related information. HIAS Immigration Services also develop resource materials to help guide émigrés through these complex processes.

Jewish Child and Family Services:
HIAS Chicago works proudly in partnership with JCFS. It is the mission of Jewish Child & Family Services to provide help, healing and caring services infused with Jewish values to strengthen lives in the community. JCFS provides vital, individualized, results-driven services for thousands of children, adults and families throughout the diverse Chicago community, including care for abused and neglected youth, therapies and support for people with disabilities and their families, early childhood autism and developmental assessments, respite care, special education, counseling and more.

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago:
HIAS Chicago works proudly with Jewish Child and Family Services, a partner in serving our community, receiving support from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation. The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is one of the largest not-for-profit social welfare institutions in Illinois and the central address of Chicago's Jewish community. JUF provides critical resources that bring food, refuge, health care, education and emergency assistance to 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and two million Jews in Israel and around the world. JUF/Federation funds a network of nearly 70 agencies and programs that care for people at every stage of life, regardless of the ability to pay. Since 1900, JUF/Federation has worked to give voice to the community, and to assure that necessities are provided for its most vulnerable members—children, immigrants, the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

Holocaust Community Services at CJE Senior Life:
While growing older poses new challenges and opportunities for individuals, Holocaust survivors suffer additional complications during the aging process including experiencing feelings of loss of control and reliving painful memories. Since 2000, Holocaust Community Services, a collaborative effort of JCFS, CJE SeniorLife and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, in partnership with HIAS Chicago, has provided supportive services to the Chicago Holocaust survivor community and their families.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service:

ICIRR: Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights:

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with its member organizations, ICIRR educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.

Immigration Policy Center/American Immigration Council:
The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

Migration Policy Institute: 

The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world.

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