New to America

Are you a newcomer to America or Maryland trying to learn a new language and culture? Are you helping a newcomer establish a home here? This guide can help you start your new life and build a community for yourself and your family. Find out how to get the help you need living in the United States and in Maryland.



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services processes all immigrant and non-immigrant benefits provided to visitors of the United States, including:

Federal, State & City Government - U. S. Government Official Web Portal - Services and Resources. If you need help finding a federal program or service call 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636). - The official website for the State of Maryland

Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Immigrant & Multicultural Affairs, providing:



English Classes

Directory of Maryland Adult Education Program/Classes from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

English Language Schools

ESL Schools and Programs

Maryland Schools and ESL Programs


Foreign Embassies of Washington, D.C. - A comprehensive alphabetical list of contact information for foreign embassies in Washington with links to the embassy Web site and/or additional information.


How to Get a GED in Maryland - Information about how to get a high-school equivalency qualification.

Maryland Public Libraries Directory

Maryland State Department of Education (MDSE) - features detailed plans for the state school system, progress reports published by various state and private organizations, and great links for educators, parents, and students. They offer foreign translations of parents’ guides to Maryland educational programs.


Catholic Charities - Maryland and Catholic Charities - Washington D.C. - Provide extensive support for people new to the United States, including employment placement assistance.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Job Seeker's Toolkit - Comprehensive links to employment and training opportunities in Maryland, as well as guides to the application process, writing a resume & preparing for an interview.

Maryland Workforce Exchange  - The Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s Maryland Workforce Exchange offers a starting point for Marylanders looking for a job or a career, and for employers wanting to advertise jobs. Sections include: Seeking Jobs; Employer Services; and Career Planning.


Health Resources

Healthcare Access MarylandAssisting Maryland residents to enroll in health insurance

Health Coverage for Immigrants - Health care rules and options for immigrants

Intercultural Counseling Connection - Mental Health resources for refugees in Maryland

Maryland Health Connection  - Health Insurance marketplace for Maryland


Department of Housing and Urban Development rental assistance information

Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Legal Help

Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division - provides mediation services to consumers to help resolve complaints

National Immigration Legal Services Directory page for Maryland. Directory of non-profit free or low-cost legal services.

Resource Directories

Maryland 211 - Access information about health and human services resources online or by telephone.

Maryland Community Services Locator - A directory of community agencies and resources in Maryland, including services for those who are new to America.


Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) - information about driver's licensing, and vehicle registration in Maryland,

Maryland Transit Administration - Information about public transportation in Maryland

Maryland Transportation Resource Information Point (TRIP) - Provides information to plan a journey by public transport in Central Maryland

Ask Us

 If you would like more information, please visit us, email us through our Ask-A-Librarian service, call us at (410) 396-5320 or mail your question to:

Social Science and History Department
Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore MD 21201