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HRA helps over 3 million New Yorkers. To learn more about this work, read HRA's Guide to Immigrant Benefits.

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Immigration Legal Services

Please call 311 to get more information on legal services.

There have been no changes to the eligibility rules for our benefits and services for our clients who are immigrants.

Clients who are immigrants and who are concerned that they may be at risk of deportation may obtain free, safe immigration advice and assistance from: ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365.

If a family member or friend is detained and in need of a lawyer you may call: The Legal Aid Society’s hotline at 1-844-955-3425.

The City of New York also reaffirms its long-standing policy and commitment to protect the privacy of our clients and the confidentiality of client information pursuant to Federal, State and Local Law, as well as the policies of City agencies.

Public Charge Rule

On September 9, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule on 'public charge', providing clarity for noncitizens on how DHS will administer the public charge ground of inadmissibility.

The final rule took effect on December 23, 2022.

The rule restores the historical understanding of the public charge ground of inadmissibility: the reasons a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the United States because they are found likely to become a public charge.

For more information, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resources page on public charge.

Public Charge Updates

New Yorkers with questions about public charge can call the City's Immigration Legal Services hotline. Call 800-354-0365, Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, and say "public charge" to access trusted information and connect to free and safe immigration legal help.

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