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Legal Services and Information

CUNY Citizenship Now!

Citizenship Now! provides assistance at no cost with applications for green card renewals, citizenship, DACA, and TPS. DACA recipients may be eligible for another immigration option to get a work permit or even a green card. If you have questions about DACA or any other immigration law matter, contact CUNY Citizenship Now! at 212-652-2071 or email us your questions at


ActionNYC is the City’s initiative that provides free, safe, and confidential legal immigration help for New Yorkers. For any qauestions or concerns you have regarding immigration status, call 800-354-0365 Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or call 311 and say “ActionNYC.”

Know Your Rights: Federal Immigration Enforcement

If you are approached by federal immigration enforcement agents, such as ICE, be aware that you have rights. See fact sheet in multiple languages to learn more about what to do in an encounter with immigration enforcement.

Immigrant Defense Project

The Immigrant Defense Project cannot provide direct representation in immigration removal proceedings, but can offer individualized advice.

Know Your Rights: Community Defense from ICE Raids and Deportation

Pro bono legal services providers in New York



In-State Tuition at CUNY

New York State provides in-state tuition to its non-citizen New York high school graduates regardless of your immigration status.

José Peralta New York State DREAM Act

The New York State DREAM Act allows undocumented and other students to qualify for New York State‐administered financial aid and scholarships, including the Excelsior Scholarship, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other state‐administered scholarships. and

The Dream.US Scholarships: National Scholarship

The National Scholarship is for high school or community college graduates who meet TheDream.US immigration eligibility criteria and qualify for in-state tuition.

Undergraduate Scholarships That Do Not Require Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency

Post-Secondary Education: A Tip Sheet for Undocumented Students



NYC Health and Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals offers low-cost health care and will honor your right to privacy. You will not be asked about your immigration status when you receive care.

Resources for Immigrants Communities during COVID

COVID Testing

NYC Health Clinics

Medicaid and CHIP

Under New York State law, DACA recipients remain eligible for state-funded Medicaid and CHIP, regardless of any federal changes to or termination of the DACA program.

Mental Health

CUNY colleges have counseling centers that can assist with counseling or referrals.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene/ NYC Well

Mental health services are available regardless of immigration status and in many languages. Visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website to make an appointment, or call 311.


Food Insecurity

Meals and food are available for free to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status is.


Protection against Discrimination 

The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived “alienage and citizenship status,” and “national origin,” by most employers, housing providers, and providers of public accommodations in New York City. It also prohibits discriminatory harassment and bias-based profiling by law enforcement.



Under  federal  law  employers can refuse to hire  or continue the employment of non citizens without work  authorization as it  is unlawful  for employers to hire non-citizens without  work authorization.

Regardless of the possible termination of DACA, DACA beneficiaries may continue to use their SSN to work as an independent contractor or start a business; both options do not require work authorization.


Drivers’ Licenses 

All New Yorkers regardless of immigration status can obtain drivers’ licenses. and


Free Tax Preparation 

NYC FREE Virtual Tax Prep: The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns is July 15, 2020.


Advocacy Organizations: Immigrants’ Rights