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Upstate New York Immigration Resources

Disclaimer: This page is intended to help answer common questions regarding immigration to the United States by providing introductory resources.  This page does not provide legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship.  We strongly suggest consulting with an attorney regarding any of these questions or issues.

Upstate New York Resources:

These links provide information for individuals and entities in upstate New York. They focus on legal representation but some include resources on education, housing, and other areas. Specifically, these resources focus in and around the metropolitan areas of Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo.

Ithaca Area:

Rochester Area:

  • The Cornell Farmworker Program maintains a printable guide to immigration-related services in Monroe County, including education services.

  • Legal Assistance of Western New York provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income, low-asset individuals who are U.S. Citizens or have a U.S. citizen in the household to individuals in Monroe County through its local Rochester office

  • Rochester is a sanctuary city.  While the definition of "sanctuary city" varies widely, this may slow or otherwise alter the way agencies enforce or gather information about the immigration status of residents.

Syracuse Area:

  • The Cornell Farmworker Program maintains a printable guide to immigration-related services in Onondaga county, including housing, education, and legal services

  • Syracuse is a sanctuary city.  While the definition of "sanctuary city" varies widely, this may slow or otherwise alter the way agencies enforce or gather information about the immigration status of residents.

Buffalo Area: