Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA)
This office advises the City on immigration issues, educates the community and administers City funding to nonprofit immigration law offices. Learn more about OIRA and its purpose.
Feature story: Changes to federal immigration policy
As of Jan. 21, 2021, the Biden administration has taken immediate steps to support our immigrant and refugee communities by signing a number of executive orders and implementing a new Department of Homeland Security Policy memorandum. The actions include a 100-day moratorium on certain deportations, reinstating a program (that had expired Jan. 10) enabling Liberians to obtain work authorization and deferring removal, confirming the census count will include all residents, and ending discriminatory bars to entry into the United States.
- Inauguration Day message from Director Michelle Rivero.
- Liberian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (LRIF) application period extended through Dec. 20, 2021.
- Citizenship and Immigration Services ordered to take new DACA applications.
- New, more difficult citizenship test for applications filed after Dec. 1, 2020
- Deportation and removal
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program updates
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (Dec. 19 deadline)
- Public charge
- More topics
Director Michelle Rivero
email: [email protected]
About Director Michelle Rivero
Michelle Rivero is the Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, housed within the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department. Before starting to work for the City, Michelle was an immigration attorney for 18 years, and represented people in immigration court, USCIS proceedings and appellate immigration proceedings, including applicants for asylum, cancellation of removal, U visa, VAWA, DACA, naturalization and family based immigration.
The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is operating remotely at this time. To share resources for immigrant and refugee communities or to get information from OIRA, please contact Michelle Rivero at [email protected] or 612-394-6018.
Last updated Jan 22, 2021