Immigration The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development provides a wide range of services and support to new New Yorkers. Immigrants and their children make up two-thirds of New York City’s population and are vital to the City’s civic, economic, and cultural vitality.

More than three million of New York City’s 8.225 million residents were born outside the United States. The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) contracts with community-based organizations across all five boroughs that provide a wide range of services and support to new New Yorkers.

Immigrant Family Services

Services designed to help immigrant parents of English Language Learners (ELL) in grades 6 through 12 understand the requirements of the New York City school system
and take an active role in their children's education. 
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Legal Assistance Related to Immigration Status

After performing a review of each individual’s needs, this service either directly assists or provides referrals to programs that assist participants in obtaining permanent residency and/or U.S. Citizenship as well as benefits and services such as food stamps, housing assistance, and medical benefits. 
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Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Trafficking

Services include domestic violence prevention and intervention services for immigrant survivors of domestic violence or trafficking and their families with a focus on securing a safe environment and stabilizing their family situation. 
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Services for Immigrant Workers

Services include informational workshops, legal assistance, and access to social services for immigrants working in all five boroughs of New York City. 
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Legal Services for Immigrant Youth

Legal services for immigrant youth aging out of foster homes or group homes and unaccompanied immigrant youth who may be fleeing political unrest, abuse, poverty or
are victims of human trafficking. 
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a process that allows two years of deportation relief and work authorization for undocumented young people living in the United States.   You must apply to be eligible for DACA.  Two years after you apply, a renewal form must be filled out.
Free legal service providers in your area can help you with your DACA application and renewal.
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Civics Classes

Programs designed to help immigrants develop their ability to read, write, and speak in English.  Also supports programs that help the newest New Yorkers prepare for U.S. Citizenship including the U.S. Citizenship & Civics test. 
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