Twin Cities Immigrant Orientation Guide
America’s story is a story of generation after generation of immigrants who arrived with little, but who worked hard and made smart choices to build a better life for themselves and their children. You are helping to write the next part of this story as you find employment, succeed in school, open businesses, purchase homes, vote and help your neighbors. We hope, in a small way, this guide helps you to realize those goals. Those new to the state often do not have good information about their rights, responsibilities, and resources. A committee was formed to create this guide. The members of this committee spent long hours researching, debating, writing and rewriting the information contained. We offer this guide as a resource to help you make progress towards becoming a self-sufficient and contributing member of our community.
Recent executive orders blocking and reducing refugee arrivals have significantly impacted our funding. We continue to welcome refugees and are committed to serving those who have already arrived with employment services, connection to health care and social services, and assistance with obtaining permanent residency and US citizenship. Please donate today to keep our services strong.
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The executive orders blocking refugee admissions and the subsequent legal challenges to those orders have continued to make news headlines and create uncertainty about refugee resettlement in the US. For updates on the situation, we recommend that you follow our national partners Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries on Facebook.
From October 2016 through September 2017, we welcomed 316 refugees. We welcomed 21 new arrivals in September from Somalia, Eritrea, Nepal/Bhutan and Iraq and are hoping to welcome 6 individuals in October.