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.
On Sept. 17, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter highlighted new research for Minneapolis and Saint Paul from New American Economy (NAE). The results underscore how immigrants are both essential to the Twin Cities’ COVID rapid response efforts and have been made especially vulnerable due to gaps in federal relief packages, language access barriers, and increased risks of infection associated with front-line and essential work. Read more...
- Deportation and removal
- Immigration fee increases
- 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 Oct 1, 2020