Chicago Irish Immigrant Support An Immigration and Social Services Provider                                  Chicago Irish Immigrant Support  An Immigration and Social Services Provider 

Chicago Irish Immigrant Support is a 501c3 not-for-profit immigration and social services provider, serving the Irish community of Chicago and the 19 states represented by the Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago.  The center was established in 1998 with an agreement between Francis Cardinal George and the Irish Bishops, who saw the need for pastoral and social services for a new wave of Irish immigrants to Chicago.  Since then the organization has grown to provide a comprehensive array of services to the elderly and a full range of immigration and naturalization services.

 Information Sessions!


CIIS will host information sessions on President Obama's Executive Order


Monday, November 24th, 7:00pm
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630

Tuesday, November 25th, 7:00pm
Gaelic Park
6119 147th St., Oak Forest, IL 60452


Registration for these sessions is not required - just show up!


You cannot apply for anything yet!
Do not pay anyone to file your application!
Do not sign any forms!
Keep yourself informed!

Job Opening with CIIS

CIIS is looking for an energetic and creative individual to act as our Executive Director. You can download the full job description and requirements below. Please, submit your application by 5:00pm CDT on Nov 21st. Click here for a full job description and application procedure. 

Get Ready for Immigration Reform

At the end of June 2014, President Obama promised to take action on immigration reform by the end of the summer. When the summer came and went, he pushed the date back to after the end of the mid-term elections. The day after the elections, the President came out and said that he would sign an executive order by the end of 2014.

Remember: there is nothing to apply for right now! So, if anyone asks you to sign any forms or pay them money to work on your application, they are scamming you. When the announcement comes, CIIS will conduct numerous information sessions to let you know all of the correct information. But, this is what you can do to get ready. Click here to find out more! 

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Did you know that there are over 50,000 undocumented Irish nationals living in the USA out of a total of 11 million immigrants without valid papers?


Undocumented Irish is the go to portal for all immigration news as it relates to the Irish undocumented. The site aims to bring you up to date on immigration news from across the country and from the Irish immigration centers located in over half a dozen states. 

Senior Trip - Fall 2014

On October 22nd, accompanied by a merry band of staff and social work interns, 40 of our senior group members headed off in search of the best of the fall season at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. We were very fortunate to have a sunny and mild day, making the tram ride around some of the spectacular 385 acres of gardens and lakes very pleasant indeed! 

Some Upcoming Events for Seniors and their Families

Aishling Companion Home Care is sponsoring two great upcoming events designed to assist seniors and their families. Living Independently Financially Educated (LIFE) is a multi-speaker educational event that covers all aspects of adjusting to changing care needs as you age. The event takes place at Chicago Gaelic Park on Wednesday 12th   November. Click below for a detailed flyer describing the event.

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Caring for someone with a dementia can be frustrating and challenging in many different ways. However, gaining a better insight into the experiences of those living with a dementia can change how we interact with them. Using a hands on simulation this wonderful event brings you inside the life of someone with dementia. The event takes place at Hope Covenant Church on Saturday November 8th. Click below for the flyer with full details.

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CIIS becomes latest site to host the Irish Senior Connect Program

JULY 15, 2014—CHICAGO, IL— Irish Senior Connect (ISC), a community outreach program of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC), launched today at Chicago Irish Immigrant Support (CIIS). Building on the successful implementation of ISC by the Irish Pastoral Centre, Boston, the expansion of the program in Chicago is the next step in making Irish Senior Connect a nationwide presence. Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland in Chicago, was present to officially cut the ribbon at the new site.  Roseann Finnegan Fevour, Midwest Director at The American Ireland Fund, and Rosetta Sexton, Congressional Aide from Congressman Mike Quigley’s Office (5th District of Illinois) were also present to support the expansion. 

The Irish Senior Connect program is dedicated to providing seniors with a listening ear and a response that conveys empathy and respect, alleviating feelings of isolation and loneliness within the senior community through telephone contact, well-being calls and community referrals.

“We are thrilled to be implementing Irish Senior Connect here in Chicago,” stated Breandán Magee, Executive Director of CIIS. “The program will fit nicely into the array of senior programming that the center currently provides, and we look forward to collaborating with the Coalition and IPC Boston to expand the geographic scope of the program, as well as the number of seniors positively affected.”

Celine Kennelly, CIIC Board President, indicated “We are very happy with the positive results that ISC has yielded thus far in Boston and the greater Massachusetts area.  We look forward to strengthening the program through this expansion to Chicago, moving another step closer to making ISC a national service for all seniors, especially those of Irish descent.”

The creation, management and expansion of Irish Senior Connect was made possible through generous funding by The American Ireland Fund, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade: Emigrant Support Program and TUFTS Health Plan Foundation.

The phone number for Irish Senior Connect is 855-249-5146.

For more information, please contact Susan Doody, Irish Senior Connect Coordinator, at


The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is a national umbrella group for all of the Irish Immigration Centers in the US. The CIIC was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the US at a national level. The mission of the CIIC is to represent immigrant organizations throughout the United States who are committed to providing services to Irish immigrants. The Coalition provides support and assistance to the various centers in their work through advocacy, education and the exchange of information. CIIC member organizations are located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Wisconsin.

To learn more about CIIC visit,

Senator Durbin congratulates our very own Chicago Celts Chairman from the senate floor

Senator Durbin congratulates Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform Chairman Billy Lawless and his wife Anne on becoming US citizens.  Check out the video here!



President of Ireland Visits Chicago Irish Immigrant Support

Irish Times Article on Irish President meeting with undocumented Irish immigrants in Chicago  CLICK HERE to read

Check out this Op Ed about the President's support for immigration reform from Our Executive Director

Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform Lobby in Springfield

The Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform lobbied along with other Illinois immigrant groups in Springfield yesterday, 16th May 2014.  They met with state legislators to press them on upcoming legislation designed to curb deportations.  Over 400,000 immigrants are deported annually by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, tearing families apart and destroying the trust between police and immigrant communities.

The Chicago Celts also met with Secretary of State Jesse White to thank him for his support of the new Temporary Visitors Drivers License, which allows the undocumented to secure a license.  They also shared some problems that have arisen in its roll out and secured the Secretary’s commitment to working through the issues.
10 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Immigration Reform
Congress has not yet passed legislation to reform the immigration system, 
but it’s important to be prepared if/when Congress takes action.
1 Identity Documents Obtain original birth certificates, passports, consular 
identification or any other identity document 
2 Original Documents This includes your children’s birth certificates, marriage 
and/or divorce certificates or adoption records
3 Taxes Make sure your taxes are filed, paid, and accurate 
4 Arrests Obtain certified dispositions for any arrest or conviction 
5 Physical Presence 
Collect records to show that you have lived in the United 
States, such as leases, medical records, bank records,
and/or employment records
6 Fingerprints
If you have ever been arrested by law enforcement, including 
immigration authorities, you may want to have your fingerprints
taken to review your record
7 Immigration Records
If you have had any interaction with immigration 
authorities, you should obtain a copy of your file from
your attorney or file a Freedom of Information Act
request to secure your file
8 Start Saving If Congress passes a bill this year, the application costs will be 
9 Stay Informed Rely on reputable sources of information. Consult with different 
news sources for information about reform 
10 Don’t Become a Victim of Fraud
Seek legal advice from an attorney/organization that is 
recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Never sign
blank forms! Notaries or “notarios” are not lawyers and are
not authorized to give immigration advice.
for updates click here:

Illinois Republican House Leader Jim Durkin with CIIS Executive Director Breandán Magee

in Springfield as immigration reform advocates brought their message to the state capitol.

Josephine's Year Anniversary
It''s hard to believe we said goodbye one year ago to our beloved Josephine Collins Stout, a regular at our senior meetings and a 90 year Clare woman who had such great strength in the face of such adversity.  Read the article by Dawn Turner-Trice of the Chicago Tribune here.  RIP Josephine.



Need Help Applying for benefits???? 


If you are Disabled or a senior we can help you apply for the Medicare program and food stamps and give you information on other benefits or help point you in the direction of how you can apply and avail of other types of benefits. For more information please contact Danielle Allen in our office 773 282 8445 or email for any questions or queries.

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Walk-in Immigration Legal Clinic


Every Thursday evening from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Sign in begins at 3:30pm.  The cost for a 30 to 45 min consultation is $30.


Please, check our Facebook page for any changes or updates to our clinic hours. Thank you!

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