Office of New Americans

"Chicago will always be a welcoming city and a champion for the rights of our immigrant and refugee communities." –Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Legal Protection Fund
Legal Protection Fund
Undocumented Students
Language Access
Language Access
Language Access
ICE Raid Response


The Office of New Americans (ONA) is dedicated to improving services and engaging Chicago’s diverse immigrant and refugee communities through enhanced collaboration with community organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. Through the ONA, Mayor Lightfoot is committed to working to improve the day-to-day experiences of our city's 560,000 foreign-born residents while delivering economic, social, and cultural benefits for all Chicagoans. Explore the website to see all the programs and services offered by the Office of New Americans.



 Additional Information

Photo Gallery

Click New Americans Photo Gallery Link to view the Office of New Americans photo gallery.

Photo Gallery

New Americans Plan

The City has developed a comprehensive plan to support the future of our immigrant communities. Learn more here.

New Americans

CityKey Program

The Office of the City Clerk has launched CityKey, a new government-issued ID program for all of Chicago’s residents. Learn more here.


Refugee Inclusion Report 

Chicago and cities around the world are building inclusive communities and creating oppurtunities for refugees. Learn more here.

Refugee Report

Everyone, including undocumented immigrants, has rights according to the US Constitution

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