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Where in New York immigrants can get the necessary help: useful links and contacts

New York is a city of immigrants, in which representatives of almost all countries of the world live. Therefore, the mayor's office of the metropolis offers a large number of services for immigrants.

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We have compiled a list of them, as well as useful links.


You can get help with applying for college or financial aid for study, regardless of your immigration status.


  • In New York State, children under the age of 19 in low-income families can get free health insurance, regardless of their immigration status. You can register to receive it through the New York State of Health Marketplace by calling: 1 (855) 355-5777 or online.
  • NY State of Health Directory helps you find a doctor who speaks your language.
  • The site NYC Human Resources Association You can find information on where to get health care for free or at a low cost.
  • You can find counselors, drug treatment facilities and other mental health programs, and you can find specialists who speak your language on the websites HITE и ACS Preventive Search Engineby specifying the language and zip code of the district where you are looking for a specialist.


Find out if you are eligible for state aid to buy food, rent housing, and more.

  • Call the 311 number and ask your question.
  • Visit a page for immigrants on the NYC Human Resource Administration (HRA) website.
  • Find out what social programs are in New York, and whether they require American citizenship or official immigrant status by going to page NYC Immigrant Services Manual (data are available in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Bengali, Creole and Korean). Please note that some of the information in this manual, compiled in the 2013 year, may have changed. To clarify the data, you can call the 311 number.

You can also get legal advice in order to understand what benefits you can qualify for:

  • Call The Legal Aid Society at: 1 (888) 663-6880 (Tuesday - Thursday, from 10:00 to 13:00).
  • Contact the Legal Services NYC's Government Benefits Hotline at: +917 661 4500 (Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to 16:00 pm).

Assistance and support for crime victims

In New York, you can get help if you or one of your friends is a victim or witness to a crime. Assistance is provided regardless of your immigration status and language of communication.

  • The New York City Family Justice Centers offer legal and social services to survivors and their children. They work with 9: 00 to 17: 00 from Monday to Friday. Find your nearest center on the site Family justice center.
  • Learn more about resources for immigrants who are victims or witnesses of crime, please visit NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Immigration assistance

In New York you can find immigration legal assistance for free or at a low price.

  • You can find out more about Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a form of immigration assistance for children under the age of 21, and you can also find a lawyer in New York who can advise you on how to obtain this status at the following links: brochure in english, brochure in spanish.
  • In New York, you can get free immigration assistance in your area of ​​residence using the ActionNYC service. Call the program hotline: 1 (800) 354-0365 to make an appointment or visit ActionNYC website .
  • By calling the hotline at the New York State Office of New Americans: 1 (800) 566-7636, you can find a legal service provider near you where lawyers who speak your language work.
  • You can find updated information about the DACA program (protection of illegal immigrants brought to the US by children) on the website NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Parents or guardians in an immigration prison

  • Check out Parental Interests Directive - a set of federal regulations on how you can keep in touch with your children while you are in immigration detention.

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