In Solidarity with Immigrants & Refugees

Reaffirming Our Solidarity with Immigrants & Refugees


"For more than a century, Catholic Charities has experienced New York as more vibrant and industrious because of the long-standing contributions of immigrants and refugees. Unfortunately, we hear too much rhetoric and see actual and proposed public policies that are neither welcoming of newcomers, nor protective of the safety of our country as a whole.  Catholic Charities will continue to enhance our efforts to assist immigrants and refugees in creating a better life for themselves and their families and take their place in building a stronger nation. We are privileged and proud to welcome, integrate, and stand with newcomers who seek to make the United States their new home.."
-Monsignor Kevin Sullivan


Catholic Charities reaffirms our solidarity with immigrants and refugees who come to this nation to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.  This is particularly important in times of uncertainty and anxiety.

The newly issued Executive Orders impact areas of immigration policy in ways that are deeply disconcerting and troubling.  Catholic Charities expertise and history of welcoming and integrating newcomers to the United States gives us deep familiarity with their needs and contributions. The Executive Orders cause us concern, mostly because they put forward an attitude and approach that first views immigrants as a threat and liability. We view immigrants as an opportunity and asset. 

We will continue to engage and share the experience and realities of New Americans among us.    As we have throughout our history, we will protect, support, and empower immigrants and refugees to become valued members of their new communities.  Despite our serious concerns, we are committed to working with the new administration for the sake of immigrants and refugees whose lives and struggles we know well.

For Immigration-related Questions

Call the New York State (NYS) New Americans Hotline:
Available 9am – 8pm EST, Monday - Friday

Or Visit:
Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services
80 Maiden Lane 13th Floor New York, NY 10038
Call: 212-419-3700

Immigration Updates


About the New York State New Americans Hotline

Catholic Charities operates the New York State New Americans Hotline. This statewide multilingual immigration information and referral phone service provides fast, confidential and accurate answers about immigration and citizenship-related questions.  We offer an expanded menu of over 200 language options.

Please note:  Our NYS New Americans Hotline does not provide legal advice.  Instead, we refer questions on individual eligibility to legal service agencies for immigration consultations.

Our Legal Services 

Providing legal consultations, representation and assistance to newcomers

Catholic Charities provides legal consultations, representation and assistance to documented and undocumented newcomers of all nationalities, ethnicities and religions.  All matters are treated professionally and confidentially.

Services, provided in multiple languages, include:

  • Citizenship applications
  • Immigration court representation
  • Legal residence petitions for relatives such as spouses, children, parents and siblings
  • Work authorization applications
  • Special residence petitions for spouses and children who are victims of violence
  • Information about pending immigration and naturalization cases
  • Legal representation in asylum cases and for long-time residents to avoid deportation
  • Petitions for battered spouses and children
  • Temporary Protected Status applications
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Green card replacement 
  • Family court assistance for immigrant children for special residence
  • Legal residence for victims of a crime in the United States

Our central office is located at 80 Maiden Lane in Manhattan.  We also provide services at locations that span from Staten Island up to the Bronx, Westchester, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Orange and Rockland counties. 

Clients are charged nominal fees.  Generally, our consultation fee is $50 ($85.00 for consultations with an attorney.) Fees for other services vary. Fees may be reduced or waived according to need

Learn more about our legal services



Our Immigrant & Refugee Services

Catholic Charities helps immigrants reunite legally with their families, obtain proper work authorization, learn English and civics, and prepare to pass citizenship exams. Catholic Charities also assists immigrants in avoiding exploitation by unscrupulous practitioners by providing correct information and realistic counsel about immigration status. Below you can learn more about our immigrations services in NY. 

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