Resources for Immigrants

Resources for Immigrants

Welcome to Pennsylvania, the birthplace of America. This guide will connect you with information and resources for Pennsylvania immigrants.

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Affordable Housing

Pennsylvania has affordable housing options for immigrants. Available services may depend on your immigration status.

Recently Resettled Refugees

Housing assistance is coordinated through your resettlement agency within your first three months of resettlement in Pennsylvania. Assistance for your first three months of rent are provided for through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Find a resettlement agency in your area .

For Other Non-citizen and Immigrant Populations

Pennsylvania County Assistance Offices (COAs) can provide guidance for local housing options with a housing authority, public/Section 8 housing, homeless shelter or abuse shelter; or make a referral for federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing.

Non-citizens Living in Rural Areas.

Rent assistance information is available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Farm Labor Housing Loan and Grant program and the Rural Rental Housing program . The programs serve mixed households (having both US citizens and lawful permanent residents).

Education

Starting school in a new place and learning a new language can be challenging. The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition published a Welcoming Schools Toolkit to provide information about the student services available to schools, communities and families.

Employment

For those with a higher education (education beyond the secondary level) degree moving to Pennsylvania, you can get a credential evaluation or other assistance in finding a job online with the World Education Services (WES) or Upwardly Global .

Health Care

There are a variety of free and/or low cost health care resources available to people who are uninsured, underinsured, or economically disadvantaged. The federal and non-profit organizations listed below may provide or help cover a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services.

If you are a health care provider, use this guide from the National Immigration Law Center to learn more about the rights of health care providers and their patients.

Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania

Free & Charitable Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of health services. Visit Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania to find free or charitable health clinics in your area.

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers  are in most cities and many rural areas. These health centers provide comprehensive primary and preventive care for all ages, regardless of your ability to pay or health insurance status. Fees for services are on a sliding scale based on your income. Find a Federally Qualified Health Center  near you.

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace helps people find affordable health insurance. Depending on your immigration status, you may be eligible for coverage. Visit HealthCare.gov to find out what immigration statuses qualify for coverage.

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Protecting Finances and Property

Use this checklist to learn about your financial rights and how to protect your financial security and property if you are concerned that you may have to leave the country quickly.

Support Organizations and Institutions

There are many organizations and institutions which provide information on immigrants’ rights, immigration legal services, employment services, resettlement services, workforce training, advocacy and new residents’ guidance and support.

Statewide Organizations

Eastern PA Organizations

Central PA Organizations

Western PA Organizations

LGBTQ Immigrants

The National Immigrant Justice Center provides legal services to LGBTQ immigrants across the country.

Consulates in Pennsylvania

Consulates promote commercial, cultural, educational, medical and governmental relationships between our state and their respective countries and serve the diplomatic needs of foreign citizens and visiting dignitaries in Pennsylvania.

Know Your Rights

All persons, including non-citizens, have rights. The Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic created a summary of non-citizens’ rights .

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Apply for Citizenship or Immigration Services

If you are interested in applying for citizenship or other immigration services, learn more at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website and access forms you potentially may need .

Note: You can check the status of your citizen application by calling the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hotline at 1-800-375-5283. If you have your receipt notice, you can also check your status online on the USCIS website . You can also contact your local Representative or Senator for Pennsylvania . A privacy waiver may be required in order to receive assistance.

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