Immigration & Citizenship

Each year the Institute assists over 1,000 refugees, asylees, and immigrants to navigate the process of permanent residency, citizenship, and other immigration procedures.

The Institute works one-on-one with clients to complete the necessary applications, explaining the steps involved and answering questions. Clients must make an appointment for this service, and a nominal fee is charged. Clients may be referred to a low-cost immigration attorney for further legal consultation, if necessary.

To make an appointment, contact Corleen Smith at 651-647-0191 x 307 or

Permanent Residency (I-485): Available to most refugees who have lived in the U.S. for one year with refugee status, or to most asylees who have lived in the U.S. with asylee status for at least one year.

Citizenship (N-400): Available to most permanent residents who have had residency status for at least five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen).

Diversity Visa Lottery: The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from a random selection of all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with a low rate of immigration to the U.S. Applications are typically accepted during a one month period toward the end of each year. Please visit the State Department website for more information.

Central American Minor (CAM) AOR: Provides certain qualified children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States. Learn more about CAM AOR in English or Spanish. To see if you qualify, contact Fernanda DeLeTorre at 651-647-0191 x 343 or

Additional forms we help with:

  • I-90 replace permanent residency card
  • I-102 replace I-94 card
  • I-131 travel document
  • I-730 asylee/refugee relative petition
  • I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
  • I-765 employment authorization
  • I-821D deferred action for childhood arrivals
  • N-565 replaces citizenship certificate
  • N-600 Citizenship Certificate (derivation through a citizen parent)