Workers in NYC are covered by many labor and employment laws, regardless of immigration status. Get an overview of the worker protections available to you. Below are additional information helpful for immigrant workers.
Deferred action is when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses its discretion in immigration matters and provides a noncitizen worker temporary protection from deportation for a period of time, usually up to two years. If a worker makes a request, DCWP can submit a letter (or a Statement of Interest) in support of a deferred action request when a worker is covered by a DCWP labor investigation or enforcement action. Read Labor-Related Deferred Action FAQs.
The City offers safe, free immigration legal screenings in your community, in your own language. Visit ActionNYC website or call 311 and say "ActionNYC."
If you are an asylum seeker who has just arrived in New York City, you can get free and confidential help at the Asylum Seeker Resource Navigation Center. You will need to schedule an appointment through NYC shelter staff or a community-based partner office. Visit nyc.gov/asylumseekers for more information.
The City of New York supports all its residents. Everyone, including undocumented immigrants, can access most City services, such as going to school or using the healthcare system or other City services. Get a quick and easy road map of city services available to all New Yorkers, courtesy of Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Immigrants face unique challenges in the workplace and marketplace. Get tips about your rights and where to turn for help.
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers offer free one-on-one professional financial counseling. The service is confidential, and our professional counselors speak multiple languages. Visit nyc.gov/TalkMoney to book an appointment.
If you earned $85,000 or less in 2023, use NYC Free Tax Prep to file for free and keep your whole refund. Visit nyc.gov/TaxPrep to learn more.