MinKwon Center offers a comprehensive range of free social and legal services related to immigration status, housing status, health insurance, and public benefits. We provide all of our services in Korean and Chinese free of charge, as we prioritize limited English-proficient and low-income immigrants and seniors who often face difficulty applying for public resources and legal representation.
Update (9/18/2020): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Services team has adjusted its services and policies until further notice. Please consider the following:
1. Starting July 6, 2020, the MinKwon Center's physical location is open by appointment ONLY. All visitors must have a scheduled appointment with a Social Services staff member before they arrive. Walk-in services will not be available until further notice.
2. After a temporary pause, we have resumed accepting new Naturalization, Green Card Renewal, and Removal of Conditions cases. Please call the MinKwon Center at 718-460-5600 or email us (email@example.com) and we will provide remote assistance with your immigration applications.
As a Single Stop USA site, MinKwon performs screenings for community members’ eligibility for SNAP (Food Stamps) and HEAP (Heat and Energy Assistance Program). We also offer an annual comprehensive tax education and free income tax filing program for over 400 low-income immigrant households. We host financial literacy workshops and seminars for Korean and Chinese immigrants in developing economic stability and mobility for their families.
Health Insurance Enrollment
MinKwon Center has certified Navigators that can help eligible individuals under 65 enroll into health insurance offered through the New York State Health Marketplace. The types of health insurance offered through the Marketplace include: Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and subsidized Qualified Health Plans (Premium Tax Credit (PTC) and Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR)). We provide services in Korean and Mandarin, in addition to English. If you are 65 or over, there are other local organizations that will be able to assist you. Please call us for more information or to book an appointment.
Housing Services and Representation
MinKwon assists low-income tenants with housing grievances (i.e. rent overcharge, security deposit disputes, undone or insufficient repairs, heat and water issues, excessive noise, landlord harassment, and other housing rights violations) in filing complaints and calls for mediation to their landlords. For tenants facing eviction or whose grievances remain unresolved, our housing attorney can provide free legal representation at housing court. We also assist eligible tenants in applying for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE), and we lead community workshops on tenant rights, housing discrimination, and gentrification.
Immigration Legal Services and Representation
MinKwon provides a robust array of immigration services and benefits for community members. We begin with an in-person and/or over-the-phone consultation and benefits and risks screening to better understand your situation, and provide no-cost support from our staff immigration attorneys and legal services staff. Below is a non-exhaustive list of forms that MinKwon assists in preparing and types of representation we offer:
Naturalization (applying for U.S. citizenship)
Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
Form N-565, Application for Replacement of Naturalization Certificate (for lost/mutilated certification, or USCIS error)
Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship (for Derivative US Citizens)
Green Card Renewals (Lawful Permanent Residency)
- Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
- Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Adjustment of Status
- Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (for U.S. citizens petitioning parents, spouse, child or stepchild) -OR- U.S. Citizen/LPR petitioning for Family in overseas (Consular processing)
Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (for Adjustment of Status applicant with inadmissibility finding [i.e. fraud/misrepresentation])
Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA (for I-130 Petitioner or Joint-sponsor for Adjustment of Status case; upon request of National Visa Center for consular processing)
Asylum, U & T Visas, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)
- Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status
Form I-360, Adjustment of Status for VAWA, SIJS self-petitioners
Form I-751, Joint Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (for VAWA-related cases [applicant alone] and joint filing cases [petitioner and applicant])
Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant (for certain applicants and/or self-petitioners for U and T visas)
Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (for applicants with unlawful presence [Entry Without Inspection, EWI])
Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal (for applicant with prior deportation order/removal [Consular Processing])
Employment, Fee Waiver, and Other Forms
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (for Adjustment of Status applicant, DACA applicant, Asylum Seeker, Refugee, and Withholding of Removal grantee)
- Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver (for all cases where low-income applicants can have their fees removed: Naturalization, Green card renewal, VAWA, SIJS, and Naturalization Certificate)
- Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney of Accredited Representative (for any case where legal representation by attorney or BIA-accredited representation required)
Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition (for any case where applicant wants to receive notification through email or text message)
Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions
Form G-325A, Biographic Information (for Deferred Action only [Not applicable to DACA])
Form G-639, Freedom of Information Act/ Privacy Act Request to Dept. of Homeland Security's USCIS or CBP; U.S. Dept. of State, U.S. Dept. of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review
Case Management, Representation, and Advocacy
- Adjustment of Status in deportation proceedings
- Post Conviction Relief Advocacy and Referrals
- Case management and advocacy with USCIS Ombudsman Service, Congressional Office, District Attorney’s Office, and Local Law
- Enforcement Authority
- Contacting USCIS Customer services and field office for case assistance
- Assistance with Request for Evidences, Notice of Continuance, and Notice of Intent to Deny