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Resources for Immigrants

  • For Youth and Families
    • Immigration legal assistance
    • Public benefits and concrete services
    • Healthcare
    • Education
    • Support for survivors of crime and violence
  • For Service Providers
    • Immigration legal service providers
    • Preventive and foster care providers

For Youth and Families

Immigration Legal Assistance

  • Families involved with ACS may be eligible for various types of immigration relief including, but not limited to: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), U-Visa, or T-Visa.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Youth under 21 may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) if they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents. Youth also needs to be dependent on Family Court.


Client may qualify if they have been a victim of a crime and cooperated with a law enforcement/ACS investigation. Qualifying crimes include DV and sexual assault.


Client may qualify if they have been a victim of human trafficking and cooperated with a law enforcement/ACS investigation.

For help with immigration relief, you should speak to an immigration attorney. To find free or low-cost immigration attorney in NYC, you can:

Public Benefits and Services


  • New York City residents can access insurance coverage for healthcare services regardless of their immigration status
    • Children younger than 19 in low income families can get free health insurance regardless of their immigration status. To enroll in a healthcare insurance program at New York State of Health Marketplace, call 1-855-355-5777 or visit New York State of Health.
      • Use the NY State of Health Directory to find a Navigator in your community who speaks your language
    • Learn about NYC Care program that provides coverage for healthcare services regardless of a person's age or immigration status.
    • Find out where you can get free or low-cost health services on NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA).


  • In New York State, students who do not have lawful immigration status and cannot receive federal assistance for college are still eligible for tuition assistance and scholarship through the DREAM Act.

Support for Survivors of Crime and Violence

For Service Providers

Immigration Legal Service Providers

  • ACS can certify U-visas and T-visas for eligible ACS clients; to learn more, write to

Preventive and Foster Care Providers

  • If you are assisting immigrant clients involved with ACS, write to for guidance and resources.
    • For immigrant clients in foster care, you will be connected to ACS Immigration Service for Youth in Care (ISYC) program and receive information about all aspects of assistance, legal and otherwise, for immigrant children and youth in ACS care.
    • For immigrant clients NOT in foster care, you will receive information about New York City and New York State resources, some of which you can also find listed in the above section "For Youth and Families" and at the National Immigration Legal Services Directory - Nonprofit Resource Center.