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Assistant Director, Co-head of Employment-Based Visas

Marissa is an Assistant Director for Employment-Based Visas, and oversees the University's Permanent Residency program. Marissa has worked at ISSS since the summer of 2009 in various roles. She has advised students, faculty, and staff on issues related to F-1 and H-1B visas, employment-based permanent residence applications, and other immigration-law related issues. Additionally, Marissa is the director of the University of Minnesota's Immigration Response Team.

Marissa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Sociology and Spanish, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006. Prior to law school, Marissa worked as a Spanish interpreter and ESL teacher. During law school, Marissa worked at the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program and at Centro Legal, a non-profit legal services organization. From 2006 to 2009, Marissa practiced immigration law at Centro Legal, focusing on family-based immigration, naturalization, and on applications for victims of crime. Marissa previously worked at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota as their Education Coordinator. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.