Resettlement and Integration Services

Commonpoint Queens became the New York City-area resettlement affiliate of HIAS in October 2022 and created Resettlement and Integration Services to provide a broad range of services to refugees.


For more information, email us at [email protected], or call 718-268-5057.

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Who We Are

Commonpoint Queens became the New York City-area resettlement affiliate of HIAS in October 2022 and created a Resettlement and Integration Services Department to provide a broad range of services to refugees and other humanitarian migrants. You can read more about this in our press release!

Building on HIAS’ over 135 years of experience and expertise in welcoming newcomers, Commonpoint Queens provides initial resettlement, case management, social adjustment, ENL classes and tutoring, employment counseling, job placement, career and other vocational training services to refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs: click here more information) in New York City, Westchester County and Long Island.

Our dedicated staff are experienced professionals in the field of resettlement and represent the diversity of the communities we serve, with language proficiency in  Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Spanish, Arabic, Ukrainian and Russian. Several members of our staff are former refugees and asylees, and know firsthand the challenges faced by our clients today in adjusting to life in a new country.

As an affiliate of the sole Jewish refugee resettlement agency, Commonpoint Queens is proud to implement HIAS’ mission of welcoming the stranger and protecting the refugee regardless of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity.

What We Do

Commonpoint Queens provides direct services to refugees, asylees, SIVs and other humanitarian migrants, with the goals of successful integration into the community and facilitating self-sufficiency. Learn more on HIAS’ Resettlement page.

Commonpoint Queens currently operates a number of federal and state programs, funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the State of New York, and through private support.


Initial Resettlement

Reception and Placement Program (R&P)

Commonpoint Queens, in cooperation with the U.S Department of State’s Refugee Admissions Program, offers eligible refugees and SIVs assistance through the Reception and Placement Program (R&P). Each refugee admitted to the United States is placed with a non-profit national resettlement agency, such as HIAS Inc., which then assigns refugees to local resettlement affiliates like Commonpoint Queens for comprehensive pre-arrival and post-arrival services. This includes facilitating appropriate housing, furnishings, food and seasonal clothing upon arrival, airport pick up, assistance with urgent medical and other needs, enrollment in English language and employment programs (for adults), and enrollment in public school (for children), applying for Social Security cards and public benefits programs, providing cultural orientation, facilitating a refugee health screening, and more. The R&P period lasts between 30 to 90 days after arrival.

PC Ukrainian Initial Services

The Preferred Communities (PC) Ukrainian Initial Services program, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), provides initial resettlement services for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees (UHPs) who arrived in the United States after February 24, 2022. Working in collaboration with UHPs’ sponsors, Commonpoint Queens provides case management services to ensure clients access public benefits, refugee health screening, assistance with Employment Authorization Document and Social Security Card applications, referral to employment services or English language support, school enrollment (for minors) and other immigration services. The service period last 90 days from date of enrollment.

Social integration

Preferred Communities (PC)

The Preferred Communities (PC) program, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), provides intensive case management services for particularly vulnerable populations, including those with chronic physical health conditions or mental health needs, single parents, young adults living without family, LGBTQI+ individuals, and others. ORR-eligible populations* can receive one year of services through PC, and can be enrolled in the program at any time during their first five years in the U.S (or since their grant of asylum).


The New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program (NYSESRP) is focused on case management services to refugees, Special Immigrant Visa holders, Afghan humanitarian parolees and asylees. Through NYSESRP, Commonpoint Queens provides case management and employment services, such as referrals to English language classes or tutoring, assistance with health and medical services, post-employment services and more. This works to assist eligible individuals and families in attaining economic and social self-sufficiency.


The Refugee Health Promotion (RHP) program is designed to promote the health, literacy and overall well-being of refugees through funds provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to states; Commonpoint Queens receives RHP funding from the State of New York. Through the RHP program, Commonpoint Queens supports refugees by providing opportunities to increase health literacy as well as access to healthcare and emotional wellness services. To accomplish this, Commonpoint Queens organizes workshops on topics such as childhood development, women’s reproductive health, COVID-19 and other topics. On an individual basis, Commonpoint Queens assists refugees in coordinating their health care services and ensuring continuity of care. This program ensures all refugees have adequate knowledge of and access to allowable health services.

Economic Inclusion

Matching Grant (MG)

The Matching Grant (MG) program, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, is an 8-month program that functions as an alternative to public cash assistance by providing individualized and specialized employment services to ORR-eligible populations* upon their arrival to the United States or grant of asylum or other qualifying status. With an emphasis on rapid employment and attaining economic self-sufficiency within the first 180 days in the program, Commonpoint Queens provides case management services to ensure basic necessities such as access to housing, food, medicine and transportation are all met in preparation for full time employment.

Refugee Social Services Program (RSSP)

As a sub-grantee of its long-term partner, Shorefront Y, Commonpoint Queens assists refugees and their families in achieving economic and social self-sufficiency through the Refugee Social Services Program (RSSP). Commonpoint Queens focuses on employment preparation and job placement services and provides additional case management, interpretation/translation, career mentorship and other support to ORR-eligible population* program participants. The RSSP program is funded through the State of New York by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).


Legal Protection

Working in close collaboration with HIAS’ legal and pro-bono teams in New York, Commonpoint Queens staff facilitate adjustment of status and naturalization applications for its current and former clients.  Commonpoint Queens also partners with NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group) to provide free legal counseling to community members and clients.

*ORR-eligible populations include refugees, asylees, Afghan & Iraqi SIVs, Afghan & Ukrainian humanitarian parolees, Cuban & Haitian entrants, Amerasians, and Victims of Human Trafficking.

Partnerships & Volunteer Services

The Partnerships & Volunteer Services (PVS) program is a holistic method of providing extended services to clients, complementing Commonpoint Queens’ refugee resettlement programs. PVS provides community sponsorship, English tutoring, career mentorship, interpretation and translation, as well as builds partnerships to enhance services and promote refugee integration. Click here to learn more and get involved. Our partnerships (with individuals, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations and corporate partners) serve to support clients through volunteer matching as well as in-kind donations in the form of electronics, clothing, housing necessities, and more.

Get Involved

Our volunteers are invaluable in helping to welcome recent arrivals as they begin their lives as New Americans. Your expertise, interests, and commitment can help refugees build a new life, achieve their goals, and feel at home in their new community. Commonpoint Queens offers many ways for community members to get involved. We have opportunities to fit your individual availability. Find out more about volunteer opportunities in your area here.

Lautenberg Family Reunification Applications

The Lautenberg program allows members of certain religious minorities in the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) and in Iran to apply for refugee status in the United States. The 2022 Lautenberg application period concluded in September 2022; return to this page in early 2023 for updates on when and if Congress renews the program for 2023.

Commonpoint Queens provides Lautenberg application services to residents of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and Rockland County.


Applicants from the former Soviet Union must have a close family member in the United States in permanent immigration status to qualify. Close relatives of qualified applicants will be able to initiate their refugee applications by filing an Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) through a local resettlement agency.


Applicants in Iran must have friends or relatives in the United States in permanent immigration status. Relatives or friends of eligible applicants will be able to initiate refugee applications on their behalf by submitting Refugee Information Forms (RIFs).

More information on the Lautenberg Amendment can be found here.

Поправка Лаутенберга  

Согласно Поправке Лаутенберга, лица, принадлежащие к некоторым религиозным меньшинствам и проживающие в странах бывшего Советского Союза (БСС) и в Иране, могут подать заявление на участие в беженской программе США, Действие Поправки Лаутенберга продлевается Конгрессом  США ежегодно. Прием документов по этой программе на 2022 финансовый год закончился в сентябре 2022 года. В случае продления Поправки Лаутенберга на 2023 финансовый год, мы разместим информацию на этой странице.

Страны БСС

Заявители из стран бывшего Советского Союза должны иметь близких родственников с постоянным иммиграционным статусом в Соединенных Штатах. Эти родственники смогут оформить Аффидевит о родстве (АОР) и начать процесс подачи заявления на статус беженца для лиц в БСС.

Более подробную информацию о поправке Лаутенберга можно найти здесь.

Програма Лаутенберга 

Згідно з Програмою Лаутенберга, особи, які належать до деяких релігійних меншин і проживають у країнах колишнього Радянського Союзу (КРС) та в Ірані, можуть подати заяву на участь у біженській програмі США. Період подачі заявок на Лаутенберг 2022 закінчився у вересні 2022 року; поверніться на цю сторінку на початку 2023 року, щоб дізнатися, коли і чи Конгрес оновить програму на 2023 рік.

Commonpoint Queens надає послуги Програми Лаутенберг жителям Нью-Йорка, Лонг-Айленда, Вестчестер і Рокленд.

Країни КРС 

Заявники з країн колишнього Радянського Союзу повинні мати близьких родичів із постійним імміграційним статусом у Сполучених Штатах. Ці родичі зможуть оформити Афідевіт про спорідненість (АОС) та розпочати процес подання заяви на статус біженця для осіб у КРС.

Більше інформації про поправку Лаутенберга можна знайти тут.

لاتنبرگ تمدید شد

برنامه لاوتنبرگ به اعضای برخی از اقلیت های مذهبی در کشورهای اتحاد جماهیر شوروی سابق (FSU) و در ایران اجازه می دهد تا برای وضعیت پناهندگی در ایالات متحده درخواست دهند. دوره درخواست لاتنبرگ 2022 در سپتامبر 2022 به پایان رسید. برای  معلومات در مورد تمدید برنامه توسط کنگره برای سال 2023 به این صفحه بازگردید.

Commonpoint Queens خدمات اپلیکیشن لاوتنبرگ را به ساکنان شهر نیویورک، Long Island، Westchester و Rockland County ارائه می دهد.


متقاضیان اتحاد جماهیر شوروی سابق برای واجد شرایط بودن باید یکی از اعضای خانواده نزدیک خود در ایالات متحده در وضعیت مهاجرت دائمی داشته باشند. بستگان نزدیک متقاضیان واجد شرایط می‌توانند درخواست‌های پناهندگی خود را با ارسال سند رابطه (AOR) از طریق یک دفتر اسکان مجدد محلی آغاز کنند.

ایران (RIF)

متقاضیان در ایران باید دوستان یا اقوام در ایالات متحده در وضعیت مهاجرت دائمی داشته باشند. بستگان یا دوستان متقاضیان واجد شرایط می توانند با ارسال فرم های اطلاعات پناهندگان (RIF) درخواست پناهندگی را از طرف خود آغاز کنند.

 اطلاعات  بیشتر در مورد این برنامه و در طریق درخواست آن  را اینجا دریافت کنید:  Find out more about volunteer opportunities in your area here

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To contact Commonpoint Queens’ Resettlement & Integration Services, please email us at [email protected], or call 718-268-5057.