Philadelphia has worked hard to be a welcoming place for people from all walks of life, from all over the world.  Here at the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) we work hard to ensure the well-being of our immigrant residents, who play an essential role in the civic, economic, and cultural life of our city.

We have made so much progress as a city to truly be the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.  As Mayor Kenney has pledged, we will continue to stand up against hate crimes, violence, and anything else that threatens our city’s inclusive and diverse practices.

Below, please find a list of local resources for our refugee and immigrant residents in Philadelphia that can provide legal help and other services. If you need help navigating any of these resources, or you think your organization should be listed here too, please contact our office.

We are always available to serve you.


Mayor Jim Kenney celebrates the announcement of the first-ever Philadelphia International Unity Cup, which celebrates the city's immigrant communities through soccer, in 2016.
Mayor Jim Kenney celebrates the announcement of the first ever Philadelphia International Unity Cup in 2016. The PIUC is now an annual event which celebrates the city’s immigrant communities through a World Cup style soccer tournament.

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians serves immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia area. Services include:
1) Job placement and employment assistance
2) Social service information and referral
3) Free monthly legal clinics
4) Advice and resources for small business owners.
1617 JFK Blvd., Suite 555
Philadelphia, Pa. 19103
215-557-2626

Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services provides low-cost legal services to immigrants in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Services include assistance with asylum and citizenship applications and court representation in matters involving immigration.
222 N. 17th Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, Pa. 19103
Phone: 215-854-7019; 215-854-7018 (Spanish)
cscadmin@chs-adphila.org

Congreso De Latinos Unidos

Congreso de Latinos Unidos Inc. looks to strengthen Latino communities with services that include education, job training and employment services, housing and debt counseling, HIV prevention and support programs, drug and alcohol counseling, and children and youth initiatives including leadership and conflict-resolution.
216 W. Somerset Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19133
Phone: 215-763-8870
Fax: 215-291-0561

Esperanza

Esperanza provides direct legal services to low-income U.S. citizen and foreign-born individuals and their families needing assistance with immigration matters. Services include: family reunification, green card applications, citizenship and naturalization, and assistance for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, or other crimes. Esperanza also offers workshops on immigrant rights and immigration law matters.
Legal Department
4261 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19140
Phone: 215-324-0746, ext. 298
Fax: 215-324-2542 fax

HIAS Pennsylvania

HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal, resettlement, citizenship, and supportive services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to ensure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. Services include refugee resettlement, support for those recently granted asylum, as well as legal services for those who seek asylum, family unification, permanent legal status, and citizenship.
2100 Arch Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, Pa. 19103
Phone: 215-832-0900
Fax: 215-832-0919

Nationalities Service Center

The Nationalities Service Center provides legal, social, and educational services to immigrants, refugees, and other non-English-speaking people. Services include refugee resettlement, economic self-sufficiency programs, English classes, legal assistance, interpretation, employment preparation, and programs for the elderly.
1216 Arch St., 4th Fl.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107
Phone: 215-893-8400
Fax: 215-735-9718
mosullivan@nscphila.org

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC)

PICC represents the needs of immigrants, migrants, refugees and other new Americans to policymakers, public officials, and the general public. Advocacy areas include increasing access to public services, improving law-enforcement relations, ensuring worker rights, and expanding access to driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers and other documentation. PICC also registers new voters.
2100 Arch Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, Pa. 19103
Phone: 215-832-0636
Fax: 267-256-2119
admin@paimmigrant.org

The Office of Immigrant Affairs team poses for a picture during Welcoming Week 2016, a week-long celebration focusing on making sure Philadelphia is a welcoming place for newcomers.
The Office of Immigrant Affairs team poses for a picture during Welcoming Week 2016, a week-long celebration focusing on making sure Philadelphia is a welcoming place for immigrants.

CWS Lancaster

CWS Lancaster – Services include help with resettlement, refugee employment, and immigration legal services.
308 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602-5013
Phone: 717.381.2890
Fax: 717.381.2896
smastropietro@cwsglobal.org

Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC)

SEAMAAC provides linguistically and culturally appropriate services for refugee communities in metropolitan Philadelphia. Services include English classes, driver’s education, citizenship-test preparation, health literacy classes, after-school programs for youth, truancy prevention, maternal/infant health-care services, breast-cancer support, senior lunches, nutritional services, housing assistance, employment assistance, help obtaining infant and child car seats as well as clothes and furniture.
1711 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19148
Phone: 215-467-0690
Fax: 215-467-5301

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

PCDC provides services focused on creating Chinatown as a regional destination, helping low-income families meet basic needs, empowering youth, preserving heritage, and promoting the businesses and residents of the Chinatown community and beyond.
301-305 North 9th Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107
215-922-2156

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia

It’s mission is to improve the quality of life Cambodian-Americans within the Greater Philadelphia Area by providing services, advocating and empowering them to obtain equal access to social/economic development, as well as to quality healthcare and education.
5412 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19133
215-324-4070

2416-18 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19148
215-389-0748

Juntos

Juntos is a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia fighting for our human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants.
1537 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, Pa.
215-218-9079

Two little girls share a moment during an Immigrant Heritage Month even in June 2016 in South Philadelphia.
Two little girls share a moment during an Immigrant Heritage Month event in June 2016 in South Philadelphia.

Irish Immigration Center

Provide free legal immigration clinic twice a month. The clinic is hosted on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. Help people apply for their U.S. Citizenship, renew their Green Cards, and provide free consultations on other Immigration questions and issues they may have.
7 South Cedar Lane
Upper Darby, Pa.
610-789-6355

Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.

Legal Services for eligible low income immigrants on matters related to employment.  FOF also runs special projects relating to assisting victims of labor trafficking, victims of “notario” fraud, and women who have experienced workplace sexual harassment and assault.  FOF runs a twice-weekly legal clinic at Puentes de Salud medical clinic in south Philadelphia.
699 Ranstead Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
215-733-0878

Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia

Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia (V/WSSP) offers direct assistance and support to crime victims, witnesses and their families in the three Police districts of South Philadelphia: the 1st, 3rd, and 17th.
1426 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
215-551-3360

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

CLS handles cases for all low-income Philadelphians, regardless of immigration status.  CLS provides advice and representation for civil legal problems relating to employment, access to health care, public benefits, SSI, debt and consumer problems, housing, utilities, criminal and child abuse records, long-term care, services for senior citizens, home ownership, DHS (parents only), language access, and other issues.  CLS also works with policy makers and offers training and community education on legal issues affecting low-income clients.
1424 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19102
215-981-3700

1410 West Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19140
215-227-2400

African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc (ACANA)

ACANA provides culturally sensitive social services, cultural programs, economic and workforce development programs, community engagement and development programs, and other services targeting mainly African and Caribbean immigrants in the United States.
5530 Chester Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19143
Phone: 215-729-8225
Fax: 215-729-8202

If you need help navigating any of the resources above, please contact the Office of Immigrant Affairs. We are always available to serve you. For the latest news, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!