Serving Immigrants and Refugees since 1921

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our strength lies in the diversity of our clients and services. Since NSC’s founding in 1921, our mission has been to help immigrants and refugees participate fully in American society.

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Executive Action Protects up to 5 Million Immigrants

On Thursday, November 20, the President announced an executive action that will shield up to five million people from deportation and allow many to work legally. Among the key components: Deferred Action for parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have been in the country at least 5 years and meet other eligibility requirements; an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; an expansion of provisional waivers. The details about implementation of these changes are forthcoming. As of today, there are no forms available to apply for Deferred Action for parents. Please do not pay anyone who is offering to submit an application for you at this time. Please consult with Nationalities Service Center (NSC), or with other reputable attorneys or nonprofit agencies for information about these changes. To read more about the announcement, click here:

Nationalities Service Center will be conducting an information session for the immigrant community at our offices (1216 Arch St., 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107) on Sunday, November 23rd at 3pm. Information will be provided in both English and Spanish. Please tell any interested family members or friends to come and learn more about the executive action. We will hold an additional information session on Sunday December 14th at 3pm.

For those interested in reading more details about the executive action:

Temporary Protected Status Announced for Ebola-impacted Countries

Due to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Effective November 21, 2014, eligible nationals of those countries who are currently residing in the United States may apply for TPS, which means they cannot be removed from the U.S. for the duration of status and are authorized to work and obtain employment documents. The 180-day TPS registration period begins Nov. 21, 2014 and runs through May 20, 2015. For additional details and procedures for applying for TPS, visit For assistance in submitting an application, please consult with Nationalities Service Center (NSC) attorneys during one of our drop-in consultation times (