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.    

Normandale Resources

Resources in the State of Minnesota

National Resources

General Resources

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.