What services can immigrants get for free in New York
New York is a city inhabited by representatives of various countries. Regardless of their immigration status, they can receive the necessary assistance in one of more than 200 languages. What kind of services and resources are provided to them is said in Handbook of the City Hall for Immigrant Affairs.
To get help in any of more than 200 languages, immigrants just need to call or use the Internet. Below is a small overview of useful resources.
Immigration Legal Aid
To get free and safe legal assistance on immigration matters, you need to call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 (calls are received Monday through Friday from 09:00 to 18:00).
If you are interested in a citizenship interview, call 311 and say “citizenship appointment” or visit NYC.gov/NYCitizenship for free citizenship application assistance and financial counseling available at some public libraries .
The city recommends that you do not seek help from immigration service providers who provide them for a fee. Instead, it is best to use the services of a trusted licensed lawyer or accredited representative.
To learn more, call the New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 (Monday through Friday from 09:00 to 20:00).
All residents of the city can receive affordable emergency or non-emergency medical care in state hospitals or clinics, as well as in inexpensive paid clinics. NYC Well is a New York City referral service. It provides free and confidential support, crisis counseling and information to people who require psychiatric care or assistance in relation to drug or alcohol addiction.
The service works round the clock without days off and holidays; services are provided in more than 200 languages. Call 1-888-NYC-Well or send a WELL message to 65173.
Every child in New York has the right to attend a public school, regardless of their immigration status or mother tongue. Children 4 years old or a little younger are eligible for education under the free Pre-K preschool program. All residents of the city who are over 5 years old have the right to attend a public school before its graduation or until the end of the school year after reaching 21 years.
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