University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Resources

Have a resource? Email details to [email protected]. 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.

Please Note: International students and scholars should contact the international student office for their campus.

Legal Resources

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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).

Website
Email

Telephone: 612-624-1001
Location: 160 West Bank Skyway

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;
  • Refer questions about your visa or endorsements for travel or employment-related to your student visa status to International Student and Scholar Services.

Additional Services:

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

International Student and Scholar Services

Eligibility: UMN international students, scholars, and employees. Located on the UMN-TC campus but many services extend to all UMN campuses.

Website
Email
Telephone: 612-626-7100
Location: 190 Hubert H. Humphrey School

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 to bring new foreign nationals to UMN-TC;
  • 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

Eligibility: Low-income Minnesotans in central Minnesota, including Hennepin County; including immigrants.

Website
Telephone: 612-334-5970
Location: 111 N. Fifth St., Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55403

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

Eligibility: Serves low-income people in Minnesota. Call the in-take line or complete the online intake form to see if you qualify.

Website and Intake Information
Email

Client In-take Line: 612-752-6677

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

Eligibility: Immigrant and refugee families whose household income is 187.5 percent below federal poverty guidelines.

Website
Email

Telephone: 651-641-1011
Client Line: 1-800-223-1368
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

Eligibility: Represents asylum seekers

Website
Email

Telephone: 612-341-3302
Immigrant Client Line: 612-341-9845
Location: 330 Second Avenue South, Suite 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

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. Review the section on immigration and immigrants.

Counseling Services

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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

Website
Telephone:
 612-624-1444
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).

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.  

Website
Email

Telephone: 612-624-3323
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

Learn to Live

Eligibility: Free for all Student Services Fee-paying UMN students on all system campuses.

Web: Visit Learn to Live and enter code “UMN”

Services:

  • Free online programs for stress, depression and social anxiety.
  • Resources include individual assessments and self-paged programs.

International Student and Scholar Services

Eligibility: UMN international students, scholars, and employees

Website
Email

Telephone: 612-626-7100
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 is an online student mental health resource for the UMN Twin Cities campus. The Student Mental Health website includes resources for international students

Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility: All benefits-eligible employees on all system campuses, along with spouse and dependent children.

Website
Telephone:
 888-243-5744 or 612-625-2820

Services:

  • Can meet with counselor on-campus or off-campus
  • Appointment arranged with the counselor
  • Up to eight counseling sessions at no cost, and can be renewed

Immigrants Rising Wellness Groups

Please note: These groups are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

Immigrants Rising arranges virtual wellness support groups for undocumented young people. Please refer to the Immigrants Rising website for more information.

Other Support Services

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Financial Assistance for Undocumented Students

In addition to the UMN's Dream Fund, the following organizations have information about financial assistance for undocumented students.

Please Note: We are providing these links for informational purposes. We do not have any additional information.

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

Eligibility: All members of the UMN community.

Website
Email
Telephone: 612-624-6386http://disability.umn.edu
Location: 140 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis

Services:

  • MCAE Academic Support Services provides group and individual tutoring
  • Peer Research Consultants provide one-on-one assistance to develop research strategies to write an excellent research paper
  • Student Cultural Centers are student organizations that provide a great way to meet people, build leadership experience, learn more about the university, and explore things you may be interested in.

International Student and Scholar Services

Eligibility: UMN international students, scholars, and employees

Website
Email
Telephone: 612-626-7100
Location: 190 Hubert H. Humphrey School, 301 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Services:

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.

Website
Email
Telephone: 612-626-1333
Location: 180 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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.

Nutritious U Food Pantry

Eligibility: All registered undergraduate, graduate or professional students

Website
Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Room 210

Services:
This on-campus food pantry is open to all students. No proof of income or need is necessary to visit the food pantry.

Bias Response and Referral Network

UMN Twin Cities campus community and visitors can report bias incidents to the Bias Response Referral Network (BRRN) by:

MN Department of Human Rights Discrimination Hotline

Eligibility: Anyone who experienced or witnessed discrimination or bias within Minnesota

Website
Phone Number: 1-833-454-0148

More information:

  • Filling out this form does not mean you filed a charge of discrimination. Investigators will review the information submitted to determine if the reported incident is covered under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. 
  • This chart explains what happens after someone reports discrimination or bias.
  • Individuals have up to one year to report the alleged act of discrimination to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.