Immigration Legal Services

Immigration Legal Services

Arrive Ministries is a Department of Justice recognized 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.

U.S. 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 provide knowledgeable, low-cost immigration services for many different kinds of issues as we seek to serve others with God’s love.

Accredited 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 residence
  • 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Citizen petition
  • I-131 refugee travel document
  • I-765 employment authorization (work permit)
  • Document replacement for I-94 and green cards
  • Diversity / Lottery Visa

Services Include:

  • Immigration legal screening and social service referral
  • Immigration application preparation
  • On-going support throughout application process
  • Fee waiver, if qualified
  • Photos
  • Mailing
  • Follow-up with United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS), National Visa Center (NVC) or U.S. State Department as appropriate

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, and Former Soviet Union countries.

Scheduling an Appointment

Intake and Eligibility Appointments:
All new immigration clients are required to attend a brief intake for eligibility screening and appointment preparation. We encourage clients to make an appointment for intake with our attorney or accredited staff in advance.
Call the Immigration Intake Line: 612-243-2961 or email us
Affidavit of Relationship (AOR):
Assistance and more information about the Refugee Sponsorship program
Call the Immigration Intake Line: 612-243-2961 or email us.
Refugee/Asylee Green Card or Citizenship Assistance:
Immigration Legal Clinic at the Karen Organization of Minnesota in St. Paul (Monday)
Contact Ashlyn Vosika-Scherzberg, DOJ-accredited Immigration Counselor
Refugee/Asylee Green card or Citizenship Assistance:
Immigration Legal Clinic at the Bhutanese Community Organization of Minnesota in St Paul (1st and 3rd Friday)
Contact Timothy Paulson, DOJ-accredited Immigration Counselor
General Questions related to Arrive Ministries Immigration Legal Services Program Contact Christine Burton, Director of Immigration Legal Services

Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges fees for each application. In addition, Arrive Ministries charges nominal fees for case preparation and representation. These fees reflect the direct costs of services and are in line with national DOJ guidelines. Please contact us for a listing of our current fees.

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About Arrive Ministries

Arrive Ministries exists to carry out God’s command to welcome and bring lifelong transformation to refugees and immigrants in Minnesota.

This is accomplished through the provision of Refugee Reception and Placement Services, Refugee Employment Services, Refugee Cash Assistance, Immigration Legal Services, ESL classes and tutoring, community development programs, and other outreach services.

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