What we do
From the beginning, Philadelphia has worked to be a welcoming place to people from all walks of life. Our country was built by immigrants and our strength as a city is reinforced by our vibrant diversity. The mission of the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) is to promote the well-being of Philadelphia’s immigrant communities. We do this by recommending and developing policies and programs, which in turn provide opportunity and access to services. We help facilitate the successful inclusion of immigrants into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city. We also highlight the essential role that immigrants have played and continue to play in our city.
New map shows Philadelphians where to learn English as a second language
A cooperative project, the ESL Class Map locates English as a Second Language classes throughout Philadelphia.
City workers share their stories for Immigrant Heritage Month 2017
From the Water Department to the Mayor’s Office, we reached out to workers and asked them to reflect on their time in Philadelphia.
Enriquez was born in the United States, but spent much of her childhood living in several different Latin American countries, including Nicaragua, her family’s country of origin. Before joining the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Enriquez served as City Councilman-at-Large Dennis M. O’Brien’s Director of Legislation and Policy, where she was instrumental in crafting and passing landmark legislation to protect consumers of immigration services in the City. Prior to her work on City Council, Enriquez served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia D.A.’s Office. Enriquez received her B.A. with distinction from George Mason University and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law. Enriquez is fluent in Spanish.
City of Philadelphia Language Access Plans are provided by City agencies and are required by the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter 8-600.
An estimated 64,405 Lawful Permanent Residents in Philadelphia are eligible to become citizens, but don't have the resources to apply. Find out how to become a U.S. Citizen.