Immigration & Refugee Assistance

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has provided services to the immigrant and refugee populations in Western New York since Catholic Charities was established in 1923.

Refugee Resettlement 

Our Resettlement clients arrive in the United States through the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). Pre- and post-arrival services such as assistance with housing, food, clothing, employment and English Language Learners classes are provided.  

Employment Services

The Employment Services program is designed to help refugees become self-sufficient by helping them overcome the barriers to employment and help them throughout the process of obtaining employment. Services offered include: 

  • Help the individual develop an employment plan that’s best for them.
  • Help the individual search for a job. 
  • Help fill out applications. 
  • Help fill out employment paperwork. 
  • Help write a resume. 
  • Help the individual get ready for their interview

Immigration Services

Immigration services available at our site include assistance with:

  • Completion of Affidavits of Relationship or Affidavits of Support for individuals attempting to reunite with family members left behind
  • Permanent Residence Applications 
  • Naturalization Applications
  • Travel Document Applications
  • Citizenship classes

Immigration Services are offered on a for fee basis. Fees are adjusted based on clients’ ability to pay. 

We are an Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) recognized agency with OLAP accredited representatives on staff.

Medical Case Management: Preferred Communities Program

Our Preferred Communities program offers intensive case management for refugees that need assistance to navigate the health care system.  This program assigns a case manager to help clients make medical appointments, attend appointments and advocate for the client. 

Contact Information

We are located at 20 Herkimer St, Buffalo, NY 14213. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing clients mostly by appointment. You can make an appointment or obtain more information by calling (716) 842-0270.