Education Resources for Immigrants and Refugees
National and State Education Resources for Immigrants and Refugees
Normandale Community College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. We view diversity as a strength and welcome students, staff, and faculty from around the world to participate in our community.
Here are several Minnesota and national resources that offer assistance for Immigrants and Refugees. Please feel free to stop by the Dean of Students office, C1110, if you need help with this list, or need assistance during your educational journey at Normandale Community College.
- Latino Students at Normandale
Resources in the State of Minnesota
- Minnesota State CAREERwise Education - provides information about legal resources and cultural services. Go to link below and click on "Legal Resources" tab or "Cultural Services" tab
- NAVIGATE MN - provides resources that help immigrant students, regardless of immigration statutes, in Minnesota, to pursue higher education. The mission of NAVIGATE is to provide information to immigrant young adults, in MN, that are facing financial, social, and legal barriers to achieving their educational dreams.
- Community Legal Resources in Twin Cities
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota at https://www.ilcm.org/
450 North Syndicate Street, Office #200 Saint Paul, MN 55104 651-641-1011
- List of low-cost and pro bono attorneys serving immigrants in Minnesota
- Project for Pride in Living (PPL), "Immigrant Resources and Citizenship"
- "Public Benefits for Immigrants" from LawHelpMN
- "Legal Resources for Citizenship"
- Legal Resources for Immigrants and Refugees https://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/guide/immigrants/immigrantlegal.html
- National Immigration Law Center
Source: https://www.nilc.org - established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
WARNING: Do NOT take advice about your immigration case from a notary public or an immigration consultant.
Contact ONLY a qualified immigration lawyer or an accredited representative for legal advce about your case. A directory of legal service providers in your area is available at www.iamerica.org/find-legal-help.
Los Angeles, CA: 213-639-3900
Berkeley, CA: 510-663-8282
Washington, DC: 202-216-0261
- Rights of illegal immigrants in U.S. according to MALDEF (The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America)
See also the embedded video. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/255281-yes-illegal-aliens-have-constitutional-rights
- The GPS Life Plan (Goals + Planning = Success program) - provides several programs and community resources for refugee and immigrant support, see the website below for details;
How to Become a US Citizen
Non-immigrant vs. Immigrant Status
What is a Green Card?
A Green Card identifies someone as a permanent, legal resident in the U.S. Obtaining permanent residence in the United States requires submitting what is known as an "I-485 application". According to the documents instructions, "This form is used by those who are in the United States to apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to adjust their permanent resident picture for the growth of Minnesota's economy." The report notes that "a focus on attracting more immigrants is an imperative for Minnesota in order to address the challenges linked to the slowing growth of the state's population and labor force." Allen predicts that Minnesota's population and labor force growth will slow without a substantial increase in migration to the state, making it more challenging to fill job vacancies. His report notes that Minnesota will need to attract about 4.5 times the number of new residents it currently attracts to maintain a 5 percent average annual growth in labor force.