world relief MINNESOTA
participates in the following programs:
Immigration Legal Services
WRM 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. WRM serves over 700 immigrants annually in immigration legal services.
The Immigration staff at World Relief Minnesota represent clients on the following Immigration applications:
I-90 Replacement of Green Card
I-485 Green Card Application
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship
Family Based Petitions
Affidavit of Relationship (AOR/Family Sponsorship)
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
I-130 Family Based Petition
I-730 Refugee Visa 93 and Asylee Visa 92
One Step Processing (Spouse Petition including I-130, I-485, nd I-765)
I-864 Affidavit of Support Series
DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa
Other Applications & Services
I-102 Replacement of I-94
DMV Request for Variance
I-131 Travel Document/Advance Parole
I-765 Employment Authorization
Diversity Lottery Preparation of Electronic Submission
Selective Service Status Information Letter
African AOR Program
As of October 15, 2012 the Affidavit of Relationship(AOR) or P-3 program has been re-opened. Through the AOR program, Refugees or Asylees may sponsor family members to resettle in the United States. Filing an AOR gives those family members access to the U.S. Refugee Admission Program. For eligibility criteria and more information, click here: AOR FACT SHEET
NOTE: Until July 15, 2013 we are in a grandfathering period where anchors may be eligible to reapply for family members that would have been eligible when the P-3 program was suspended. Anchors who filed AORs before the program suspension, may also be eligible to file a new AOR for the same family members. Please contact our Refugee Sponsorship line at 612-243-2956 with any questions regarding your case or to schedule an appointment.
Former Soviet Union AOR Program
Families from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) now have another way to reunite with family members. The refugee sponsorship program, also known as the Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) Program for people from the Former Soviet Union is temporarily re-opened for new applicants through September 15, 2013. USCIS will give refugee status interview preference to citizens of the FSU that reside in the territory identified by the U.S. Congress as likely targets of persecution during the Soviet era. These categories include Jews, Evangelical Christians, Ukrainian Catholics, and members of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church who have immediate relatives in the U.S.
World Relief MN will be taking appointments to complete AOR applications through September 1, 2013. If you are from the Former Soviet Union, and have a permanent status, you may be eligible to file for a spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, or grandchildren. To file an AOR, contact World Relief’s Immigration Department at 612-243-2956 for an appointment.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [Dept. of Homeland Security] charges fees for each of these applications.
In addition, the WRM 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
All new immigration clients are required to attend a brief intake for eligibilty screening and appointment preparation. Currently, we do intakes on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 9 am to 4 pm. We encourage clients to make an appointment for an intake in advance by calling: 612-243-2961.
For Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) appointments and more information about the Refugee Sponsorship program, call the Refugee Family Sponsorship Line: 612-243-2956. *Due to the influx of calls it may be take 1-2 weeks to return your call.
For general questions related to World Relief’s Immigration Legal Service Program, contact Christine Burton, Director of Immigration Legal Services: 612-243-2971.
For a refugee/asylee green card or citizenship appointment during our Monday immigration legal clinic at the Karen Organization of Minnesota in St. Paul, contact Amber Kerrigan, Immigration Counselor: 612-746-5650.
For a refugee/asylee green card or citizenship appointment during our immigration legal clinic at the African Assistance Programin Brooklyn Center (1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month), contact Christine Burton, Director of Immigration Legal Services: 612-243-2971.
Other Immigration Related Programs: