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We will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in honor of the Juneteenth holiday. Our office will re-open on Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m.

Our Programs

New Beginnings for New Americans in Minnesota

Classes and Job Trainings

Sign up for a class or job training, learn about your new community, advance your career and more.

  • English Classes

    Learn how to read, write and speak in English. Our free classes for New American adults teach all levels: beginning, intermediate or advanced.

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  • Woman learning how to treat a patient laying on a bed
    Nursing Assistant Training

    Become a Certified Nursing Assistant with our free, quality CNA training and employment support.

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  • Entrepreneurship Class

    Take the first step to start your own business. In this 8-week interactive class you will learn the basics of entrepreneurship.

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Citizenship and Immigration

We support over 2,000 refugees, asylees and immigrants every year with citizenship and immigration help in Minnesota.

  • Two women and a child smile during a naturalization ceremony to become U.S. citizens.
    Citizenship Services

    Get help becoming a U.S. citizen.

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  • Immigration Legal Services

    Learn about our immigration help.

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  • A boy holds an American flag at a citizenship ceremony.
    Citizenship Class

    Prepare for the U.S. citizenship test and interview.

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Career Advancement

If you’re looking to take the next step in your career, these opportunities can help you achieve your goals.

  • Professional Leadership Training

    Build leadership, management and networking skills during this engaging 12-week class.

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  • Medical Career Advancement

    Meet your potential as a student in nursing or another medical career program with our support.

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  • International Medical Graduates

    Work with us through your relicensing process to address Minnesota’s doctor shortage.

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Refugee Services

We provide a strong start to a new life through resettlement, social services, housing and employment help.

  • Refugee Resettlement

    Learn how we make Minnesota welcoming for refugees, asylees and humanitarian parolees. We do not take walk-in appointments for refugee resettlement.

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  • Refugee Employment Help

    Our employment navigators help refugees find their first jobs – an essential step toward self-sufficiency and a sense of belonging in their new communities.

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  • Woman sitting on front stoop of her home
    Rent to a Refugee

    Make an impact and partner with us to rent safe, sanitary and affordable housing to refugees we resettle in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Additional Resources

MNsure Assistance

Find out if you’re eligible for MNsure health insurance.

Passport Photos

Available for a small fee, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment necessary

Homebuying Education

Learn how to plan for and achieve the dream of homeownership.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We have access to interpreters and staff who speak different languages. You are also welcome to bring your own interpreter.

Classes at the International Institute of Minnesota are for adults born outside of the United States. You must currently live in Minnesota.

Our classes and job trainings are free to students, thanks to generous monetary support from our community. We offer low-cost immigration services and home-buying education. If you’re applying for citizenship, we will help determine if you are eligible for a fee waiver.

Please come to our office for an intake. We will talk to you about your goals. Then, we will suggest classes or other resources to help.

Get Started

Yes, we are close to several bus stops. Use the Metro Transit Trip Planner to map your way to 1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.

The closest bus stops are Stop #870 or Stop #929 on Como Ave. Other nearby bus stops are on Snelling Ave. and include Stop Numbers 18523, 931, 866 or 56119. From these bus stops, you will have a 5–10 minute walk to the International Institute of Minnesota.

Yes, we have plenty of accessible free parking.

We offer services and classes for people of all immigration statuses who live in Minnesota.

You must currently live in Minnesota for us to help you.

Yes, you can!

Yes, refugees can take classes at the Institute as soon as they arrive in Minnesota, even if they were not resettled by the Institute.