Immigration Assistance

KCS’ Immigration Department assists eligible community members apply for immigration benefits under the supervision of a pro-bono immigration attorney. We offer free one-on-one legal consultations in Korean and Spanish for clients with limited English proficiency on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the ActionNYC program. Clients will be able to file various applications, which include but not limited to: Naturalization, Adjustment of Status, Green Card renewal, and DACA renewal. KCS’ Immigration Department is proud to serve an average of 200 clients annually. It is our duty to prioritize community members who
struggle with finding qualified services and resources, due to limited language capacity and financial hardship.

For Immigration Assistance, please email Megan Kang at mkang@kcsny.org or call us at (718)939-6137, ext. 315.

KCS IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT UPDATE: CHANGES IN PUBLIC CHARGE RULE

In August 2019, the Trump administration tried to change the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Public Charge rule, but multiple lawsuits stopped the rule from going into effect. The government then requested that the Supreme Court allow the rule to go into effect. On Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to allow the DHS Public Charge rule to go into effect while the lower courts hear arguments about the merits or legality of the rule. The new rule will be in effect as of February 24, 2020.

What is a “public charge?”
Some people who apply for a green card (lawful permanent residence) or a visa to enter the U.S. must pass a “public charge” test – which looks at whether the person is likely to use certain government services in the future. In making this determination, immigration officials review all of a person’s circumstances, including their age, income, health, education or skills (including English language skills), and their sponsor’s affidavit of support or contract. They can also consider whether a person has used certain public programs.

If you or anyone you know has questions or concerns about this change please call: ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 and say “public charge” from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday, to get answers to your questions.

For more resources about the changes in the Public Charge Rule, Please Visit Know Your Rights.