The IAC’s accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the country’s highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws, means that we are designated by the U. S. Department of Justice as an authorized immigration representative under Federal regulations at 8 C.F.R. § 1292.1(a)(4). As a result, the IAC is the go-to resource for helping business and community organizations stay current and compliant on complex and rapidly-changing immigration policy.  

Our business and community services include:

immigration policy updates

The IAC provides up-to-the-minute updates to “Business Members” on immigration policy changes.  These updates include what these changes mean for the companies and their immigrant employees, and what they need to do to keep everyone calm, legal, and working efficiently.


The IAC conducts bi-annual harassment training sessions for businesses in a variety of industries.  The IAC trainers deliver the training sessions in four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole), and they impart the information with cultural sensitivity so that everyone fully understands the harassment laws, and the nuances of the laws.

translation services

For companies that employ immigrants where English may not be their first language, it’s important that all safety policies, company literature, and other company communication is understood by everyone.  The IAC translates digital and printed company literature into four languages, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole.

“Now more than ever we – and many of our associates – rely on the Immigrants’ Assistance Center and the expertise of Helena DaSilva Hughes to help us navigate the changing landscape of immigration, especially with regard to work status issues.”

Anne Broholm CEO, AHEAD USA

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Pandemic forces New Bedford yoga studio to close

Pandemic forces New Bedford yoga studio to close

By: Kiernan Dunlop,
NEW BEDFORD – Vineeta Singh refers to the yoga studio she opened in April of last year as her baby.

“I put everything I had into this business,” said Singh, who immigrated to the United States two and a half years ago from Delhi, India.

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Galvin joins Mitchell to urge New Bedford immigrants to participate in Census

Galvin joins Mitchell to urge New Bedford immigrants to participate in Census

By Kerri Tallman
“Leaders say counting immigrants could make big difference in federal funds city receives.”
The survey is taken every 10 years to determine the country’s population. Mayor Jon Michell and Secretary of State William F. Galvin visited the Immigrants’ Assistance Center (IAC) in the South End Monday to talk about the importance of all New Bedford residents participating in it.

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