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Statue of LibertyAbout the New York State Office for New Americans

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the Office for New Americans (ONA) to assist newcomers to New York State who are eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York State.

The New York State Office for New Americans helps New Americans fully participate in New York State civic and economic life. We are committed to strengthening New York State’s welcoming environment for New Americans and facilitating their success by:

  • Creating a network of neighborhood-based “Opportunity” Centers
  • Increasing access to English-for-Speakers-of-other-Languages (ESOL) training.
  • Preparing New Americans for the naturalization process.
  • Connecting New Americans to business resources to harness their entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Developing and leveraging the professional skills of New Americans.
  • Maximizing the number of young people receiving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • Strengthening the connections between New Americans and their communities through civic engagement and other opportunities.
  • Reduce exploitation of New Americans by scammers and con artists.
  • Marshal State resources to better serve New Americans.

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