Keeping immigrant communities strong.
Immigration status reverberates throughout our clients’ lives. Undocumented immigrants may be unable to access life-saving medical treatment and pursue jobs to afford basic necessities. They may also be at risk of deportation back to countries where they could face violence. They may also have their families torn apart by the immigration system.
By helping our clients secure the status to which they are entitled, we can unlock access to health care, employment, housing, and education, and keep families together. We offer comprehensive legal services in our clients’ native languages and partner with communities, providing services in trusted local spaces, such as schools, hospitals, and places of worship.
immigrants served by NYLAG immigration experts last year
children affected by our immigration work last year
countries of origin
people obtained U.S. citizenship with NYLAG’s help last year
Our lawyers fight for immigrants. We offer the following legal services:
- Defending people facing deportation (Removal defense)
- Fighting for those seeking asylum and other humanitarian relief
- Helping clients apply for green cards through family-based petitions (Adjustment of status)
- Working with survivors of intimate partner violence and other crimes to secure immigration status
- Applying for Citizenship (Naturalization)
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The Latest on Immigration Law
Gothamist: NYC’s Immigration Court Delays Could Jeopardize Migrants’ Chance at Asylum
NYLAG’s Melissa Chua and Grace Choi spoke to Gothamist about how chaos and delays outside of immigration court in New York City are jeopardizing immigrants’ chances at applying for asylum.
Documented: Migrants Struggle to Find Lawyers to Meet One Year Deadline to File for Asylum
NYLAG’s Jodi Ziesemer spoke with Documented about the demand for free legal services for asylum-seekers in New York City, one year after thousands were bussed to the city from other states.
Gothamist: A Year After the Invasion, Ukrainians Are Gaining Their Footing in New York
NYLAG’s Jodi Ziesemer spoke to Gothamist about the federal government’s programs to support Ukrainian nationals in the United States as the Russian invasion of Ukraine meets its one-year mark.