Office of New Americans

“Chicago’s vitality has been built on the strength of immigrant populations that have come to enjoy new freedoms and access new opportunities. I want to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the world" - Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Deferred Action
Support for Entrepreneurs
Undocumented Students

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 Emanuel 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

The Office of New Americans website has been translated into the following languages:

Español | 中文 | Polski | عربي | हिंदी

 Additional Information

Municipal ID Program

Chicago is launching its Municipal Identification Program to connect Chicagoans with City services and programs. Learn more here.

Photo Gallery


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

Calendar of Community Events

The Office of New Americans is now on Twitter! Follow us @ChiNewAmericans