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: Liberian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (LRIF) application period extended through Dec. 20, 2021
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, includes an extension of the December 2020 deadline for Liberian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (LRIF), a law that enables some Liberian citizens present in the United States to obtain permanent resident (green card) status. Applications must now be received by US Citizenship and Immigration Services no later than 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
- Minneapolis recognizes International Migrants Day
- 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 12, 2021