Immigrants & New Americans

HIAS Chicago: Refugee Resettlement, Immigration & Citizenship Services

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, through their refugee resettlement program, HIAS Chicago is proud 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.

Services include

  • Green Card assistance
  • Citizenship assistance, including citizenship preparation classes
  • Family-based immigration services
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Restitution assistance for Holocaust survivors
  • Academic scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Refugee Resettlement, in partnership with the U.S. State Department
  • Jewish Community Engagement opportunities, including co-sponsorship of refugee families

HIAS Chicago's work is fueled by the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (the repair of the world) and Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming the stranger). HIAS Chicago is the only Jewish provider of refugee resettlement and immigration services in the Chicagoland area and invites you to join their city and suburb-wide Jewish movement of welcoming.

For more information or to get involved, visit HIAS Chicago, call 312.357.4666 or email Jessica Schaffer, Director.

In Chicago, Iraqi Refugee Family Finds New Home, Support

Chicago Tonight meets a refugee family and the Chicagoans who are welcoming them. (4:57)

Read the entire article at chicagotonight.wttw.com