The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) was founded in 1976 as Oficina Legal, a program of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS). Oficina Legal established itself as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1996 due to federal restrictions on legal aid offices. The agency was later renamed to reflect the increasing diversity of the immigrant population it served. Over the last decade ILCM has established itself as Minnesota’s premier provider of comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income clients of all nationalities.
Mission
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota enhances opportunities for immigrants and refugees through legal representation for low-income individuals, and through education and advocacy with diverse communities.



The Family Unity Project is a partnership between VLN and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM). This service is intended to help people with family petitions for immigration status by providing scheduled appointments. The appointments will normally be 45 minutes - one hour. The service helps either:
  • A U.S. Citizen or permanent resident who would like to apply for status on behalf of a family member.
  • A person who has a family member who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who would like to apply for status on behalf of the client.

The service can help people who have already started the process or would like to start. There are no requirements for language or country of origin.

The clinic is held once every 6 weeks. Call the VLN intake line to be scheduled, 612-752-6677. Phone intake hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Clients are scheduled for one clinic session at a time, future clinic dates are tentative. When a clinic is full, scheduling is put on hold until the next clinic date is finalized.

Geographic eligibility

Statewide; client must come to in-person appointment at one of the following locations:
  • ILCM (450 North Syndicate Street, Suite 200 St. Paul 55104)
  • Park Avenue Methodist Church (3400 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis 55404)


Some attorneys are bilingual and will be able to provide services in the client's language. Otherwise, clients who are not English speakers should bring their own interpreter.