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Immigrant Assistance Services

Immigration assistance service is any business providing any form of assistance fora fee or other compensation to any person on immigration matter.

The City of Philadelphia regulates immigration assistance providers whom are not:

  1. Licensed attorneys
  2. Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives
  3. Authorized Federal or State employees
  4. Elected officials
  5. City officials

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Obtain a Business Income and Receipts Tax ID

Every individual, partnership, association and corporation doing business in Philadelphia must file a Business Income and Receipts Tax Return in whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year. Rental activities are usually considered business activities.

Obtain an Activity License

An Activity License is required for all businesses and non-profits operating in Philadelphia. This includes businesses that are located outside the city limits but do some or all of their business activity in the City.

Immigration Assistance Services Registration

Immigration assistance service is any business providing any form of assistance for a fee or other compensation to any person on immigration matter.

Documents You May Need

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Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required as a condition of a change in the use and occupancy of a space in accordance with the International Building Code. Certificates of Occupancy are also required for all new construction and building additions.

Signage

To obtain permission to install a sign on your business, gather the materials listed below and submit a completed permit application in-person at the Municipal Services Building (MSB) Concourse.

Zoning and Use

The Philadelphia Zoning Code regulates development within the city. Zoning regulations govern land use, the height and size of buildings, population density, parking requirements, signage placement and the character of development on private property, and property uses.