Immigrants & New Americans

HIAS Immigration & Citizenship

For over a century, HIAS Immigration & Citizenship 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 Immigration & Citizenship 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 JCFS Chicago, HIAS Immigration & Citizenship 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. 

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

HIAS Immigration & Citizenship's work is fueled by the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (the repair of the world) and Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming the stranger). HIAS Immigration & Citizenship is the only Jewish provider of 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 Immigration & Citizenship, call 312.357.4666 or email Jessica Schaffer, Director.

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