Immigration Legal Services
Arrive Ministries is a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), [Dept. of Justice] accredited agency that provides immigration legal services to the immigrant community in the Twin Cities. Primary legal services include: Green card applications, family-based visas, travel documents, and citizenship applications. Arrive Ministries serves over 1,300 immigrants annually in immigration legal services.
US. Immigration laws and policies are complex and ever-changing, making it difficult for refugees and immigrants to easily understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. Arrive Ministries works diligently on behalf of refugees and immigrants to provide high-quality services that help them navigate the immigration system. We are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to provide knowledgeable, low-cost immigration services for many different kinds of issues as we seek to serve others with God’s love.
Licensed immigration professionals and attorneys assist eligible refugees, asylees and other immigrants with the following:
• I-485 permanent residence (green card)
• I-751 removing conditions on a green card
• N-400 naturalization (US Citizenship)
• N-600 Certificate of US Citizenship (for children deriving citizenship from parents)
• I-130 family based petitions for family members of US citizens or green card holders
• I-730 family based petitions for family members of refugees or asylees
• AOR – Affidavit of Relationship – a special family sponsorship program for refugees
• I-129F fiancé of a US Citizen petition
• I-131 refugee travel document
• I-765 employment authorization (work permit)
• Document replacement for I-94 and green cards
• Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
• Diversity Visa/Green Card Lottery
• Immigration legal screening and social service referral
• Immigration application preparation
• On-going support throughout application process
• Fee waiver, if qualified
• Consular processing (if appropriate)
• Follow-up with United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) and National Visa Center (NVC)
AOR Program: Through the Affidavit of Relationship(AOR) or P-3 Program, Refugees or Asylees may petition for family members to gain access to the U.S. Refugee Admission Program. There are currently programs open for people from specific countries in Africa, Asia, Former Soviet Union countries, as well as Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. For eligibility criteria and more information, please contact our Immigration Intake line at 612-243-2961 or email us at AOR@arriveministries.org.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [Dept. of Homeland Security] charges fees for each of these applications.
In addition, the Arrive Ministries Immigration Department charges nominal fees that vary depending on the complexity of services provided. They reflect the direct costs of the services, and are in line with national Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) guidelines. Our service fees cover: application preparation, legal screening, referral to social services (if applicable), photos, mailing, case representation, and follow-up with USCIS or other appropriate agencies. Please contact us for a listing of our current fees.
|Scheduling an Appointment|
|Intake and Eligibility Appointments:
All new immigration clients are required to attend a brief intake for eligibility screening and appointment preparation. Currently, we do intakes on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 9 am to 4 pm. We highly recommended scheduling an appointment for one our intake days.
|We encourage clients to make an appointment for an intake in advance by calling: 612-243-2961.|
|For General Questions related to Arrive Ministries Immigration Legal Service Program||Contact Christine Burton, Director of Immigration Legal Services:
|To make an appointment for Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) assistance and more information about the Refugee Sponsorship program||Call the Immigration Intake Line:
612-243-2961 or email us.
|To make an appointment for Refugee/Asylee Green Card or Citizenship assistance during our Monday Immigration Legal Clinic at the Karen Organization of Minnesota in St. Paul||Contact Amber Kerrigan, Immigration Counselor:
|To make an appointment for Refugee/Asylee Green card or Citizenship assistance during our Immigration Legal Clinic at the Bhutanese Community Organization of Minnesota in St Paul (1st and 3rd Friday of every month)||Contact Christine Burton, Director of Immigration Legal Services:
Immigration Legal Services PDF
Contact Arrive Ministries for more detailed information about our services and how you can get involved.