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: New changes to federal immigration policy
On Feb. 2, President Biden signed a new round of executive orders affecting federal immigration policy. These orders address topics such as the reunification of families separated at our nation’s southern border, commitment to an efficient and humane asylum system that satisfies our international treaty obligations and addresses the root causes of migration, a multiagency review of the impact of the public charge rule, removing obstacles to obtaining immigration status in the United States, and supporting initiatives for immigrants to seek and obtain United States citizenship.
- Read January 2021 immigration policy changes.
- 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.
City immigration advocacy
Lawsuits the City has joined, comments on proposed regulations and resolutions.
- 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 Feb 19, 2021