Immigration Legal Services

immigration

MCC Refugee Services provides high quality immigration assistance to help people with refugee status along the path to citizenship, reunite with family members, and more. For all immigration clients, MCC Refugee Services will provide assistance with the initial application and maintain a copy of your application on file. We provide comprehensive services and follow-up until a decision is reached on your case. We have accredited staff in the Twin Cities and Mankato on-site to represent clients and can refer to other agencies to represent clients.

Immigration Walk-In Hours:

Every Thursday 1-4pm, (except holidays) at our Minneapolis office

Come between 11:30 and 12:30 to get your name on the list; there’s a limit of 12 people

Family Reunification (Sponsorship)/Family Petition

The sponsorship program assists refugees and asylees in resettling certain family members to the United States through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

Refugee Services offers two options for refugees and asylees:
- I-730 (Visa 92/93) for principal refugees and asylees within 2 years of entry or asylum in the US
- I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (Family Based Petition) for refugees and asylees to petition for family you left behind that wish to immigrate to the United States.

Refugee and asylees should contact Refugee Services to determine their eligibility for these two programs by calling Nina Vang at 612-230-3224 or by coming to Walk-in Hours every Thursday 1pm-4pm in Minneapolis.

Refugee and Asylee Adjustment of Status (Green Card)

Refugees and asylees may file to adjust their status to Permanent Resident, commonly known as applying for their “Green Card” through Immigration Services. There is a minimal fee for Green Card services.

To apply for your Green Card, you must be:
- A refugee who has been in the United States for at least one year OR
- An asylee who has been granted asylum for at least one year

Benefits of obtaining Permanent Residency:
- Necessary step towards United States citizenship
- Easier travel outside the United States
- More options for sponsoring family members

Refugee and asylees should contact Refugee Services to determine their eligibility for this program by calling Nina Vang at 612-230-3224 or by coming to Walk-in Hours every Thursday 1pm-4pm. in Minneapolis

Citizenship

Refugees and asylees who have been Permanent Residents for five years can apply for Naturalization through Refugee Services. There is a minimal fee for services.

Benefits of Citizenship:
- The right to vote
- More access to employment opportunities
- Faster options to sponsor family members
- The freedom to travel with a U.S. passport

Refugee and asylees should contact Refugee Services to determine their eligibility for this program by calling Nina Vang at 612-230-3224 or by coming to Walk-in Hours every Thursday 1pm-4pm at our Minneapolis office.

Other Immigration Services

Refugee Services also assists refugees and asylees with other immigration needs.  These services include:
- I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) for Green Cards that are expired, lost, or stolen
- I-102 Application to Replace I-94 card for I-94 cards that have been lost or stolen
- I-765 Application for Employment Authorization to obtain or renew the Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
- I-131 Application for Travel Document

Refugee and asylees should contact Refugee Services to determine their eligibility for all of these programs by calling Nina Vang at 612-230-3224, or by coming to Walk-in Hours every Thursday 1pm-4pm in Minneapolis.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, please contact:
Nina (Mai Neng) Vang
Team Manager: Immigration Legal Services
612.230.3224
nina.vang@mnchurches.org