The New York State Office for New Americans (ONA), founded in 2012, is the nation’s first statutorily created immigrant services office. ONA is committed to strengthening New York State’s welcoming environment for New Americans and facilitating their success.
Through its statewide network of community-based providers, ONA assists new Americans in accessing and navigating a variety of free services and support their inclusion as an integral part of New York State’s diverse cultural fabric.
The New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) provides a variety of free support services to all immigrants and refugees in New York State, regardless of status. Through its state-wide network of community-based immigrant service providers, ONA assists new Americans with naturalization support, community workshops, workforce development programs, access to developmental disabilities resources, English language learning, mental health, and legal services. To access any of ONA’s programs, call the toll-free, multilingual, confidential New Americans Hotline (1-800-566-7636) or visit https://dos.ny.gov/office-new-americans for a list of local providers.
Who We Serve
Who We Serve
In the delivery of its services, New York State’s Office for New Americans defines “new Americans” as “an individual born abroad and their children, irrespective of immigration status.” New York understands the complexity of each individual’s situation and as such, new Americans are not defined solely by their immigration status, but by their desire to contribute to the State’s social, civic, and economic life.