Our Immigrant Services program offers essential services to the community.

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages
Riis Settlement offers free classes to help immigrants gain English skills to survive and thrive in New York City. Instruction helps students develop language skills and knowledge of community systems and resources to reach their greatest potential and act as catalysts for change. Classes also include:

  • Volunteer English conversation partners
  • Presentations and workshops to inform students about community resources and services and their rights as residents of New York City
  • Advocacy and civic engagement activities incorporated into instruction
  • Computer assisted instruction including Rosetta Stone and project-based learning

ESOL Class Schedule

Morning Program – 5 levels of instruction
Location: Queensbridge Community Center                     10-25 41st Avenue, LIC , NY 11101
Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Evening Program – 5 levels of instruction
Location: I.S. 126: 31-51 21st Street, Astoria, NY 11106
Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Registration dates for the Winter 2018 session are as follows:
Morning Program: 1/8/2018 & 1/10/2018
Evening Program: 1/9/2018 & 1/11/2018

For more information please contact:

Yannis Bacalis – Immigrant Services Program Coordinator:  P: 718-784-7447 Ext. 124  E:  

Case Management

Our full-time case manager provides individualized assistance to help registered students set and reach their goals. Through a network of partner organizations, we connect students with services such as:

  • Health care
  • Employment and training programs
  • Public benefits
  • Mental health services
  • Adult basic education and GED programs
  • Post-secondary education

Immigration Legal Services

An experienced immigration attorney assists students with existing or potential immigration cases such as:

  • Naturalization
  • Petitions for family members
  • Adjustments of status
  • Visas

Immigrant Services Contact: