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CARECEN is the largest  immigration legal services provider on Long Island.

Our zealous, knowledgeable, and bilingual attorneys and paralegals provide free and low-cost legal representation on a wide variety of cases to the island’s diverse immigrant communities through traditional and innovative service models. Our close ties to our region’s immigrant communities, of which we are proudly part, allow us to respond proactively to their ever changing needs.  

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Legal Services

What We Do 

Citizenship Program 

CARECEN operates the Office of New Americans’ Nassau and Suffolk Opportunity Centers to provide naturalization application assistance free of charge.  CARECEN also assists applicants apply for a waiver of the naturalization application fee and offers vouchers to cover the naturalization application fee for applicants who are not fee waiver eligible.

To schedule an appointment with the Citizenship Program, please contact our Nassau office at (516) 489-8830 or our Suffolk office at (631) 273-8721.

Office of New Americans Legal Counsel Program

CARECEN hosts the Office of New Americans’ Nassau and Suffolk Legal Counsel programs.  This team of attorneys provides a host of immigration legal services, in addition to conducting significant community outreach and educational programming.

To schedule a legal consultation with the ONA Legal Counsel Team or to request an immigration legal training for your community, please contact our Nassau office at(516) 489-8830 or our Suffolk office at (631) 273-8721.

Removal Defense Program

CARECEN’s Removal Defense Program is staffed by Immigration Justice Corps fellows, as well as attorneys, who provide removal defense representation to immigrant children and families at risk for deportation.  This program conducts outreach and intake through large scale events in collaboration with Long Island’s schools and libraries.

Special Programs

CARECEN’s Special Programs Team is dual purpose, it is home for short-team programs and it runs our internship and mentorship program. Currently, Special Programs hosts the Office of New Americans’ Afghan Legal Assistance Program, which serves Long Island’s Afghan immigrant community.  Additionally, the team works closely with partner law schools to foster future attorneys’ dedication to serving Long Island’s immigrant communities.

To schedule a legal consultation with the Afghan Legal Assistance Program, please call or text (516) 508-3587.

Low-Bono Program

CARECEN’s Low-Bono Program provides low cost legal assistance on a wide variety of immigration applications, including DACA, TPS, green cards, and work permits.

To schedule an appointment with the Low-Bono Program, please contact our Nassau office at (516) 489-8830 or our Suffolk office at (631) 273-872.

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