The mission of the Berkshire Immigrant Center is to assist individuals and families in making the economic, psychological and cultural adjustment to a new land, not only by meeting basic needs, but also by helping them to become active participants in our community. The Center also aims to build bridges of understanding and cooperation across cultures, to fight racism and discrimination in all forms, and to advocate for the rights of immigrants from all backgrounds.

The Center offers comprehensive services for individuals from more than 80 countries to promote civic engagement, facilitate cultural integration, and assist in navigating the complex U.S. immigration system.

DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DREAMers)

For a great toolkit from USCIS on applying for DACA, click here. *enlaces con info en español abajo Dear Clients and Friends, USCIS is still accepting INITIAL applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA and now will begin accepting DACA RENEWALS for those who qualify. Applicants for RENEWAL should apply between 150 to 120 days prior to… [Continue Reading]

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Our Services

Citizenship assistance including application support, disability and fee waivers, English as a Second Language/Civics classes, follow-up and advocacy with the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Settlement Services: orientation, information, referrals and general counseling for recently arrived immigrants Advocacy and public education including consultation, group information sessions and workshops, and outreach to communities and… [Continue Reading]

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Community Resources

ENGLISH CLASSES: Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, 1 Wendall Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 413-499-9487, offers free English tutors South Berkshire Education Collaborative, 662 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230, 413-528-6263, sbec@educationalcollaborative.org , offers free ESOL classes for speakers of other languages The Literacy Network of South Berkshire, 100 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238     413-243-0471   info@litnetsb.org  offers free tutoring… [Continue Reading]

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Immigration Support

Immigration support is at the core of what we do at the Berkshire Immigrant Center.  If you need help with your application for citizenship or referrals to lawyers who can help, just ask us! Citizenship assistance – application support, disability and fee waivers, and ESL/Civics classes Application support for family reunification, adjustment, extension or change… [Continue Reading]

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Welcoming Newcomers

Orientation of local resources and referrals to community services Assistance with housing, jobs, and educational opportunities Interpretation and translation Enrollment in English as a Second Language classes or study with private tutors

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Community Education & Outreach

The Berkshire Immigrant Center is committed to providing education and outreach to our community.  Part of that commitment includes: Updates on immigration law and policy Workshops and technical assistance for employers, advocates, and social service providers Work with state and federal legislators in support of immigrant initiatives Voter education for new citizens  

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