New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the Office for New Americans (ONA) to assist newcomers in New York State who are eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York State. ONA is committed to strengthening New York State’s welcoming environment for New Americans and facilitating their success.
The cornerstone of ONAs effort is the creation of a network of 27 neighborhood-based Opportunity Centers located throughout New York State providing English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages training; naturalization and DACA assistance; federal immigration law and policies information and referrals; and business development training. The Centers are hosted within existing culturally competent, language-accessible, community-based organizations. The ONA Opportunity Center network is supported by a team of attorneys who are experts in immigration law and by a toll-free, multi-lingual hotline (800-566-7636) to respond to general questions about immigration and naturalization and provide referrals to other immigrant-related public and private programs. ONA also provides training to community based organizations so they may offer immigration services.
The Office for New Americans is the first state-level immigrant office created by statute in the country to help New Americans fully participate in New York State civic and economic life.
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