Immigration & Legal Services

Since 1886, Lutheran Social Services of New York has supported vulnerable individuals, families and communities – including immigrants – as they strive to reach their full potential. Our Immigration Legal Program (ILP) has provided representation, legal advice, and community outreach to many immigrants and refugees across New York City. We represent immigrants seeking protection from persecution and violence, young people fleeing dangerous conditions, families seeking reunification, and aspiring U.S. Citizens from all over the world. Lutheran Social Services of New York will continue to advocate on behalf of all people, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or religion.

Immigration Legal Program (ILP):

The ILP represents applicants seeking political asylum, family-based immigration status, citizenship, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Temporary Protected Status, relief under the Violence Against Women Act, and U visas for survivors of crime. It also defends immigrants in deportation or removal proceedings.

The ILP is part of ActionNYC, a network of immigration legal service providers.

In 2021, the ILP:

  • represented 60 unaccompanied minors before Family Courts, Immigration Court, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and worked with volunteer attorneys to help additional unaccompanied minors.
  • filed Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) applications.
  • represented clients in 37 asylum cases, including cases directly involving gender-based violence or unaccompanied minors.
  • represented clients from over 70 different countries

Contact the Immigration Legal Program at

75 W. 125 St., NY, NY 10027

Phone: 212.265.1826 | fax: 212.265.2238