Immigrant Services

About Immigrant Services

Since 2012, Mercy Center has been funded as one of just 23-28 NYS Office for New Americans Opportunity Centers located throughout New York State.

We offer free legal assistance with:

  • Applications for Naturalization (Citizenship)
  • Applications for Certificate of Citizenship
  • Applications for Advance Parole
  • Applications for Employment Authorization
  • DACA Renewal Applications (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • Green Card Renewals
  • Temporary Protected Status Applications (TPS)
  • Requests for Fee Waiver/Reduced Fee

Mercy Center offers free legal consultations in other immigration matters such as applications for Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), VAWA, and U-visas though its partnership with the Immigrant Protection Unit of the New York Legal Assistance (NYLAG) to provide legal representation to our participants in removal proceedings.
We provide community workshops offering information and advocacy around issues of immigrants’ rights, immigration fraud, access to health care, housing, workplace concerns, etc.

For any questions, please email immigrantservices(@) or call: (718) 942-9815. 

Green Card

A green card, known officially as a permanent resident card, is an identity document which shows that a person has permanent residency in the United States. Green card holders are formally known as lawful permanent residents.(Source, Wikipedia, 2021)

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a United States immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. (Source, Wikipedia, 2021)

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Becoming a citizen

Naturalization is the process to become a U.S. citizen if you were born outside of the United States. If you meet certain requirements, you may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth. (Source,, 2021)

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Thanks to our supporters!

We are very grateful for the generosity of the individuals, groups, businesses, foundations, and friends that partner with us to provide education, family, civic, social, and economic programs to the residents of the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of the women, men and families that reside in our community. 

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