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Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services - Immigrant Legal Services (Rochester Office)

  • Location:
    903 West Center Street
    Suite 230
    Rochester, MN 55902
  • Phone:
    (651) 291-2837
  • Toll-free:
  • Fax:
    (651) 297-6457
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Fax, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, Website
  • Appointments accepted:

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) Immigrant Legal Services provides immigration and citizenship services to low-income clients in southern Minnesota. Cases include naturalization, adjustment of status (family and refugee/asylee), VAWA, U Visa, T Visa, visa petitions for spouses and minor children, and replacement of lost/stolen/expired immigration documents.

Counties served: Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona

Services Provided

Are immigration legal services provided? Yes
Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, Naturalization/Citizenship, T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Immigration Court
Other areas of legal assistance: Disability, Education, Elder Law, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits
Non-legal services: Referrals to other services
Populations served: Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Cambodian, English, Hmong, Khmer, Laotian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Karen
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No
Other information: For services, please call the SMRLS intake hotline at 1-888-575-2954.

Staffing Information

Number of attorneys on staff: 3
Is organization BIA recognized? Yes
Number of fully accredited BIA representatives on staff: 0
Number of partially accredited BIA representatives on staff: 3
Number of paralegals/legal workers on staff: 1

Additional Details

Pro Bono opportunities? Yes
Network affiliations: American Friends Service Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, Asista, Boat People SOS, CARE, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Immigration Advocates Network


Volunteer Coordinator

Administrative Information

Contact Person:
Lou Her
(651) 291-2837
Executive Director:
Jessie Nicholson
(651) 228-9823
Last contact date: February 1, 2018
Administrator comments: 12/9/13: tickler 1/30/15: tickler 4/6/16: tickler 01 Feb 2018: tickler 26 Apr 2022: Updated from tickler
IAN Members? No
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