A Helping Hand Along the Path to Citizenship


The path to US citizenship can be a long and challenging journey. Catholic Charities provides assistance to immigrants seeking to navigate the complex system of US immigration laws.

Immigration Services


Catholic Charities’ staff of lawyers and paralegals offer legal consultations to immigrants – documented or undocumented, newly arrived or longtime residents – on a broad range of matters, including: naturalization, relative petitions, work authorization, political asylum and deportation cases, petitions for battered and abused spouses and children, and more.

Free application assistance is available for naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases thanks to generous funding from the New York State Office for New Americans. Through the Immigrant Justice Corps initiative, legal Fellows – attorneys and law graduates – can provide legal representation in a limited number of complex immigration cases, including removal/deportation proceedings.

Services are provided at several locations in Orange and Sullivan Counties (call the New York State New Americans Hotline, 1-800-566-7636, and read more below for details). Catholic Charities charges low fees for immigration legal services, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Assistance with naturalization and DACA cases is free, as is legal assistance through the immigrant Justice Corps initiative. Our staff is bilingual in English and Spanish, and interpretation in other languages is available through an interpreter service.

New York State New Americans Hotline


Catholic Charities also operates the New York State New Americans Hotline, a statewide information and referral hotline that responds to immigration and citizenship-related questions. The Hotline operates from 9 am until 8 pm weekdays, excluding holidays. Hotline operators speak English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin & Shanghainese), Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi, and can answer calls in up to 200 languages via a language service line. Please note that the New York State New Americans Hotline provides general information and referral on immigration questions. It does not provide legal advice. Questions on individual eligibility are referred to the nearest legal services agencies in your area for immigration consultations

New York State
New Americans
Hotline

1-800-566-7636