About the Michigan Office for New Americans

The Michigan Office For New Americans was created to help grow Michigan's economy by attracting global talent to our state and promote the skills, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant communities.

Governor Rick Snyder announced his vision for the office during the 2014 State of the State Address, saying that "We need to focus on legal immigration and make sure people know Michigan is the most welcoming place."

Consistent with that vision, Governor Snyder signed an executive order creating the Michigan Office for New Americans. Its mission is to coordinate the state's efforts to welcome immigrants and their entrepreneurship; lead efforts to encourage foreign students getting advanced degrees to stay in Michigan, build companies here, and employ Michiganders; and ensure that needed agricultural and tourism workers come to our state.

The office will also help coordinate existing services to immigrants and facilitate partnerships with non-profits, foundations and the private sector in the areas of licensing, workforce training, education, housing, healthcare and quality of life.

Currently, the four main focus areas for the MONA are: Talent, International Investment, Agriculture, and creating a more welcoming culture within the State of Michigan.

Related Documents
Executive Order 2014-2 PDF icon
UM Ford School IPE PowerPoint PDF icon
Bing Goei interview with Comcast Newsmakers – March 2015