- Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Intake Hours and Services – click here
- Information on the nation’s asylum offices during this time – click here
- Updates from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – click here
- The Resettlement Programs Office at Minnesota Department of Human Services has expanded eligibility for services to include all immigrants who had had a type of humanitarian protection status – people who are not yet citizens and have had a status of refugee, asylee, victim of trafficking, Cuban/Haitian entrant, Amerasian, or have an Afghani or Iraqi special immigrant visa – regardless of when they arrived in the United States.
Minnesota’s Resettlement Network is comprised of service providers that have various language and cultural expertise and can help people with many things like unemployment applications, applying for food or cash assistance, finding employment, applying for citizenship, connecting to resources, and providing support to families struggling with distance learning. Call to be connected to an agency that can help:
- Twin Cities metropolitan area: 612-465-0596
- Northern Minnesota: 218-512-1500
- Central Minnesota: 320-455-3001 Southern Minnesota: 507-514-0812 or 507-289-5960 (ext. 119
- Public Charge Rule Update: A federal judge in New York has issued a new nationwide injunction against the Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge rule.” The order prevents the Trump administration from enforcing the rule for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar renewed the federal Public Health Emergency last week (for 90 days or until he determines that it should end).
- The Department of Human Services (DHS) is re-distributing their public charge flyers which provide basic information about the rule and contact information for free and confidential legal advice. Available in English, Hmong, Karen, Spanish and Somali.
- On October 2, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will increase filing fees and eliminate almost all fee waivers. These changes will go into effect unless a court stops some or all of them.
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) strongly encourages individuals who believe they meet the criteria to apply for naturalization and lawful permanent residence to meet with an attorney and assess whether they can file applications before these changes go into effect.
For more details – click here (also available in Spanish and Somali)
- BEWARE OF ICE IMPOSTERS – People representing themselves as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel for fraudulent gain – English, Spanish
- On September 14, 2020 the Ninth Circuit overruled the district court injunction that had kept the Department of Homeland Security from ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for residents of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan. That decision does NOT immediately end TPS. Join the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota on Facebook “Live” on Friday, September 25 to learn more about what this decision means for TPS holders.
The event begins in English at 4:30 p.m. and will transition to Spanish at 5:00 p.m. Join here.