University of Minnesota Twin Cities Resources

Have a resource? Email details to immigration@umn.edu. Tell us if the resource is specific to one campus or system-wide. Resources should support immigration needs (legal, counseling or other support services) and be available to students, staff or faculty.

LEGAL RESOURCES

LEGAL RESOURCES

In this column are legal resources serving the university and Minnesota.

University Student Legal Services

University Student Legal Services

Eligibility: Enrolled UMN Twin Cities students paying the Student Services Fee.  They might decline some legal matters if Minnesota courts do not have authority (or jurisdiction)
Email: usls@umn.edu
Web: http://usls.umn.edu/
Telephone: 612-624-1001
Location: 160 West Bank Skyway
Hours: M-F 8:30a to 5:00p
Appointments: Call to schedule an appointment. No walk-in hours.
Services:

  • Legal services and education to UMN Twin Cities students,
  • Immigration services include:
  • Questions about alternatives to a student visa;
  • Interpretations or explanations of visa terms and conditions;
  • Concerns about possible violations of visa requirements; 
  • Family or marriage-based adjustments to immigration status;
  •  Changing your status from one non-immigrant visa to another non-immigrant status;
  • Representations for problems or encounters with U.S. legal immigration agencies;
  • Refers questions about your visa or endorsements for travel or employment related to your student visa status to International Student and Scholar Services.
  • Visit immigration services for more information about immigration legal support.

Additional Services:

  • Landlord-tenant legal issues;
  • Criminal law;
  • Personal and family law;
  • Power of Attorney and Notary Public services.

International Students and Scholars Services

International Students and Scholars Services

Eligibility: UMN international students, scholars, and employees. Located on UMNTC campus but many services extend to all UMN campuses.
Email: isss@umn.edu
Web: http://isss.umn.edu/
Telephone: 612-626-7100
Location: 190 Hubert H. Humphrey School
Hours: M, T, W, Th 8 am-12pm and 1pm-4:15pm; F 10:30a-12p and 1p-4:15p
Appointments: Call to schedule an appointment or see ISSS Office Hours for walk-in hours.
Services:

  • Advisors and counselors provide information about non-immigrant visa issues for students and scholars holding F, J, H and O visas;
  • Advising and counseling services;
  • Assist university departments bring new foreign nationals to UMNTC;
  • Provide intercultural training for students, staff, and faculty;
  • Host events to build connections between the U.S. and international communities on campus. 

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Society

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Society

Eligibility: Low-income Minnesotans in central Minnesota, including Hennepin County; including immigrants.
Telephone: 612-334-5970
Web: http://www.mylegalaid.org/poverty-law/legal-aidsociety-of-minneapolis/im...
Location: 430 1st Ave No. Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55401
Services:

  • Immigration services include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), employment authorization, citizenship, and assistance to victims of violence, refugees and asylees with status adjustment, family reunification petitions and work authorization petitions.
     

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Eligibility: Serves low-income people in Minnesota. Call the in-take line or complete the online intake form to see if you qualify.
Email: VLN@vlnmn.org
Client In-take Line: 612-752-6677
Online In-Take: https://www.vlnmn.org/intake
Web: https://www.vlnmn.org/
Hours: M, W, Th 9a-1p
Services:

  • Volunteer lawyers provide legal services in most types of civil issues, such as housing, bankruptcy, family, criminal expungement and debt collection.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Eligibility: Immigrant and refugee families whose household income is 187.5 percent below federal poverty guidelines.
Email: oficinalegal@ilcm.org
Telephone: 651-641-1011
Client Line: 1-800-223-1368
Client In-take hours: M, T, W 12p-1:30p Th 6p-7:30p
Web: https://www.ilcm.org/
Hours: M-F 9a-5p
Location: 450 North Syndicate Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55104 Also has legal staff in Worthington, Austin and Moorhead.
Services:

  • Provides free brief legal advice and full representation to immigrants and refugees in Minnesota with immigration-related cases.

Advocates for Human Rights

Advocates for Human Rights

Eligibility: Represents asylum seekers
Email: hrights@advrights.org
Telephone: 612-341-3302
Immigrant Client Line: 612-341-9845
Web: http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/
Location: 330 Second Avenue South, Suit 800, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Services:

  • Partners pro bono attorneys with local immigration law experts to deliver client-centered legal case management for asylum seekers;
  • Advocates for U.S. immigration policies that respect human rights and monitors U.S. compliance with international human rights obligations;
  • Works to combat anti-immigrant sentiment through public outreach and education.

LawHelpMN.org

LawHelpMN.org

An online resource to help people of low and moderate incomes find free legal aid programs in their communities and answer questions about legal rights and forms. Information is specific to Minnesota and offered in several different languages. See section on immigration and immigrants.

COUNSELING SERVICES

COUNSELING SERVICES

Below are counseling services available to students, staff and faculty.

International Students and Scholars Services

International Students and Scholars Services

Eligibility: UMN international students, scholars, and employees
Email: isss@umn.edu
Telephone: 612-626-7100
Web: https://isss.umn.edu/advising/
Hours: M-Th 8a-12p and 1p-4:15p and F 10:30a-12p and 1p-4:15p
Call or schedule an appointment at the Welcome Center. Appointment can last up to 45 minutes.
Location: 190 Hubert H. Humphrey School, 301 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Services:

  • Advising and counseling to international students and scholars about academic, personal, and family matters, as well as issues of cross-cultural adjustment and professional integration upon returning home. 

MentalHealth.umn.edu

MentalHealth.umn.edu

Online student mental health resource for the UMN Twin Cities campus. The Student Mental Health website includes resources for international students.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services

Eligibility: Full-time UMN Twin Cities students can be seen for no charge. Part-time students can be seen for a small fee of $15.00.  
Email: counseling@umn.edu
Telephone: 612-624-3323
Web: http://www.uccs.umn.edu/
Hours:
East Bank: M-F 9a-3:30p
St. Paul M-F 8a-4:30p
Location:
East Bank: 340 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis
St. Paul: 199 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul
Services:

  • Individual and group counseling;
  • Academic and career counseling;
  • Academic, career and personal development workshops;
  • Consultation to faculty and staff with a student concern.

Boynton Mental Health

Boynton Mental Health

Eligibility: Enrolled, full-time UMN Twin Cities students who pay the Student Services Fee or Graduate Assistants enrolled in the Graduate Assistant Health Plan
Telephone: 612-624-1444
Web: http://www.bhs.umn.edu/east-bank-clinic/mental-health-services.htm
Hours:
East Bank: M, T, W, F 7:45a-4:30p and Th 9a-4:30p
St. Paul: M, T, W, F 7:45a-4:30p and Th 9:30a-4:30p
Location:
East Bank: 410 Church Street SE, Minneapolis
St. Paul: Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul
Services:

  • Individual, couples and group counseling;
  • Urgent Mental Health Care (call 612-625-8475 or walk in to East Bank mental health clinic, 410 Church Street SE, Minneapolis).

Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility: all benefits-eligible employees on all system campuses, along with spouse and dependent children.
Telephone: 888-243-5744 or 612-625-2820
Web: https://humanresources.umn.edu/benefits/employee-assistance
Services:

  • Can meet with counselor on-campus or off-campus arranged with counselor;
  • Up to eight counseling sessions at no cost.

OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES

OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES

These services are intended to provide social support to those affected by immigration policy and enforcement. 

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

Eligibility: All members of the UMN community.
Email: mcae@umn.edu
Telephone: 612-624-6386
Web: https://diversity.umn.edu/multicultural/
Location: 140 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis
Services:

Academic Resources for International Students

Academic Resources for International Students

Online collection of resources is to help students, staff, instructors, advisers, faculty, etc. navigate a wide variety of services and support for international students at the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota Immigrant & Refugee Rights Helpline

Minnesota Immigrant & Refugee Rights Helpline

Eligibility: Free resource for immigrants and refugees living in Minnesota and whose household income is 250 percent below federal poverty guidelines.
Telephone: 651-287-3715
Helpline Hours: T 1p-3p and Th 6p-8p
Services:

  • Know Your Rights Legal Guidance;
  • Questions about President Trump’s immigration executive orders;
  • Travel ban questions;
  • Immigration court and detention information;
  • Advice for emergency family planning.

International Students and Scholars Services

International Students and Scholars Services

Eligibility: UMN international students, scholars, and employees
Email: isss@umn.edu
Telephone: 612-626-7100
Web: https://isss.umn.edu/Services.html
Hours: M-Th 8a-12p and 1p-4:15p and F 10:30a-12p and 1p-4:15p
Call or schedule an appointment at the Welcome Center. Appointment can last up to 45 minutes.
Location: 190 Hubert H. Humphrey School, 301 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Services:

  • Funding assistance to international students experiences financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances;
  • International Buddy Program helps ease transition of new undergraduate international students through peer mentorship;
  • Global Gopher Events to help international students prepare for the school year, connect with campus resources, and visit exciting locations on campus and throughout the Twin Cities;
  • International Student Ambassadors offers insight to prospective and new students of what life is like as a current University of Minnesota international student. International student ambassador write a blog and answer questions posted by other students;
  • New Student Information for new international students;
  • Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups provide an opportunity to meet other UMN students;
  • Small World Coffee Hour holds events throughout the semester where students gather and learn about new cultures, food and customs.

Disability Resource Center

Disability Resource Center

Eligible: University of Minnesota students with a documented disability and registered with the Disability Resource Center. Learn how to register with the Disability Resource Center.
Email: drc@umn.edu
Telephone: 612-626-1333
Location: 180 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
In-coming students are asked to come during one of the scheduled "drop-in" sessions to get general information before admissions. After being invited, students are asked to schedule a formal appointment.
Services:

  • Works with students who have a documented disability to ensure that they get the accommodations they need on campus;
  • Offers resources for staff on making classrooms and education more accessible for all, and guides them to meet specific accommodation requests.

Bias Response and Referral Network

Bias Response and Referral Network

UMN Twin Cities campus community and visitors can report bias incidents by:

  1. Submitting a report using UReport;
  2. Call 612-314-3850;
  3. Contacting someone in the BRRN;
  4. Email endbias@umn.edu.