Free and safe legal help for immigrants

ActionNYC | Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

Family Services Everyone

ActionNYC offers free and safe immigration legal help regardless of immigration status. Services are offered by trusted legal service providers at community-based organizations, hospitals, and schools.

  • Get free, comprehensive legal screenings to find out if you qualify for any immigration benefit.
  • Get free legal help from an experienced legal representative for a range of cases, including:
    • Citizenship
    • Green card applications and renewals
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and more
  • Your information will be completely confidential and held by the organization helping you with your case. Sensitive information will not be shared with others.
  • Services are offered in your language.
  • The Resource and Referral Guide has information on services for recently arrived immigrant children and their families and caretakers, including refugees. These include education, child and family welfare, health, legal, and other services.
  • You are eligible if you're an immigrant living in New York City, regardless of your documented status.

Who is eligible

ActionNYC is for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. Your documented status does not affect your eligbility to use ActionNYC.


How to apply

Apply by phone:

  • You need to make an appointment to receive services. To make an appointment, call 800-354-0365 between 9am and 6pm, Monday – Friday, or call 311 and say “ActionNYC.”
  • You can make your appointment for the language that you speak, and you can be served in the language that you speak.

How to get help

Visit the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs website for more information.

The Resource and Referral Guide has information on services for recently arrived immigrant children and their families and caretakers, including refugees. These include education, child and family welfare, health, legal, and other services.

Other Family Services Programs

Office of Child Support Services (OCSS)

NYC Human Resources Administration

Child support services

Financial support for children and employment support for parents not living with their children.

NYC Nurse-Family Partnership (NYC NFP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Support for first-time mothers

Nurses provide support to mothers having their first baby to be the best mom they can be.

Newborn Home Visiting Program (NHVP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Home visits for new moms

New moms can get support from a health professionals to help with breastfeeding, health/safety tips, and connections to community resources.

Updated June 22, 2021