Projects

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    • Specialized Review Project

      The Specialized Review Project was developed to address a growing need for in-person legal consultations to assist vulnerable immigrants dealing with complex immigration matters. After NYLAG does an initial assessment with a client, certain of them require a more in-depth evaluation. They are referred to the Specialized Review Project where clients are scheduled for a […]

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    • Executive Action

      Haga clic aquí para leer esta página en Español. Executive Action Update: On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it was unable to reach a decision in a case challenging the President’s plan for Administrative Relief. That means the Texas Judge’s temporary injunction stands. No one will be able to apply for DAPA […]

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    • Community Immigration Clinics

      Lines for a clinic in the Bronx stretch around the corner as hundreds of immigrants wait to be screened. To meet the exponentially increasing need for immigration services, NYLAG has developed an innovative large-scale community clinic model to provide legal services and community education to high volumes of immigrants in safe, convenient and family-friendly environments. […]

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    • Comprehensive Immigration Reform

      Now is the Time… Critical policy considerations The New York Legal Assistance Group’s Immigrant Protection Unit has released a detailed framework to guide policymakers through negotiations on this polarizing issue. Click here to read more. Learn the Facts Immigration Reform is on the horizon, but it is not here! There is NO NEW LAW yet. Though […]

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    • LGBT Immigration Project

      In June 2013, The Supreme Court issued a landmark civil rights ruling in United States v. Windsor, striking down Article 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), thereby ordering the federal government to recognize legally married same-sex couples. This Decision specifies that the federal government must provide the same benefits, including immigration benefits, to […]

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    • Relief for Filipino Nationals

      NYLAG is warning all Filipino nationals to be aware that some immigration services providers are taking advantage of the uncertainty around TPS designation to defraud uninformed Filipino immigrants. The message is simple: Do not pay anyone to start processing TPS applications. TPS has not been granted yet; there is nothing to file. For assistance with Filipino […]

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    • Deferred Action Assistance Project

      We are ready to answer your questions and assist you with filing your application. Please call our DACA Hotline (212-613-6597), leave your contact info, and an immigration attorney or paralegal will contact you shortly. Estamos listos para contestar sus preguntas y ayudarles con la solicitud para DACA. Favor de llamar a nuestra Hotline de DACA […]

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    • Syrian TPS

      NYLAG is currently offering free legal assistance to Syrian nationals, including application assistance for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Individuals may receive TPS for up to 18 months and during that time will be authorized to work legally. You may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status if you: Are a national of Syria or a person […]

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    • Assistance to Yemeni Refugees

      NYLAG provides legal assistance to Yemeni Jewish refugees who resettled in New York State after their arrival in the United States from July to October of 2009. Because of the refugees’ unique needs, NYLAG offers a range of tailored services. Working in cooperation with FEGS, refugees receive help in obtaining life-sustaining public benefits, especially Supplemental […]

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    • HIAS Recovery

      In 2008, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) transferred all local immigration services to NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit. All former HIAS clients now receive free and direct civil legal services from NYLAG. This transfer has resulted in expanded services to immigrants coming to New York.  NYLAG has already accepted over 500 clients and continues to […]

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    • Citizenship Initiative & Naturalization

      In 1997, NYLAG created a program to assist immigrants with the naturalization process in order to become US citizens. The program provides comprehensive services including in the area of naturalizationincluding Determinations of eligibility in complex cases Application completion Requests for fee waivers Disability waivers Application management Interview preparation NYLAG attorneys also provide direct representation at […]

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    • Haitian TPS

      NYLAG established the Haitian Temporary Protected Status Project in January 2010 to assist Haitian nationals in receiving Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after the tragic January 12th earthquake. NYLAG staff assists in completing applications and provides direct representation when necessary. NYLAG also trains service providers and pro bono partners on how to assist eligible Haitian nationals […]

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    • NYANA Recovery

      In the summer of 2008, the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), New York’s largest resettlement agency at the time, closed its doors and transferred all cases to NYLAG. Established in 1949 primarily to assist refugees from Eastern Europe, NYANA had resettled hundreds of thousands of immigrants over the years. Additionally, it provided a […]

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    • Public Benefits for Immigrants

      IPU staff attorneys provide comprehensive assistance to immigrants in obtaining and securing public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, homecare services, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps. Attorneys also represent immigrants in administrative hearings to appeal erroneous or inadequate determinations or denials of public benefits.

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    • Refugees & Asylum Assistance

      The New York State Refugee and Asylee Assistance Program assists New York’s refugee and asylee families with children under the age of 18 in attaining eligible public benefits. NYLAG continues to support these immigrants in their transition to life in New York by filing their adjustment of status and naturalization applications.

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    • Special Project for Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union

      In the years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, NYLAG has helped thousands of Russian immigrants to naturalize.  Although few now arrive as refugees, NYLAG has developed an expertise in reaching this often isolated community and delivering critical services in many areas. Most commonly, attorneys help with adjustments of status, which opens the door […]

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    • VAWA/U-Visa Project

      NYLAG established the Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence Project in July of 2007 to provide comprehensive services to battered women residing in New York City. Many immigrants subject to mental and physical abuse at the hands of their partners are afraid to come forward because of their unlawful status. They are often trapped in abusive […]

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    • Assistance to Victims of Immigration Fraud

      NYLAG is dedicated to addressing the complex needs of immigrant victims of unethical legal representatives. The Immigrant Protection Unit works closely with district attorney offices, social workers, and city council members to identify and evaluate resources and remedies for victims of fraud. In addition to direct representation, consultation, and referrals, NYLAG holds various workshops and […]

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    • Removal Defense

      NYLAG’s Removal Defense Project provides representation for immigrants placed into removal (deportation) proceedings before judges in immigration court. Many individuals placed into removal proceedings have a legal basis to remain in the country as family members of US citizens, battered spouses, or asylees. However, the immigration system is incredibly complex and difficult to navigate alone. […]

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