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Barbara has been praticing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law since she graduated with honors from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1999. She represents individuals and families with their immigration petitions at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center, (NVC), and US Consulates and Embassies throughout the world. 


During law school, Barbara worked an intern at the Immigration Court in Bloomington, MN. She also worked as a law clerk at Centro Legal a non-profit law office serving the Latino community and at a law firm in Minneapolis, MN.  


She received double major in Management and Spanish from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She spent her junior year of college studying in Madrid, Spain. 


Prior to attending law school, Barbara worked as a Desk Officer and Desk Assistant at the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. for five years.  She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica for two years.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Craig Jay Peterson

    Barb Erlandson is a very experienced and talented immigration lawyer. I frequently refer clients to her for matters I don't handle, and those clients are always well cared for and pleased with Barb's work. I strongly endorse Barb for immigration matters.


    Craig Peterson Immigration Attorney
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  • Elizabeth Marie Streefland

    I endorse this lawyer. Barbara is an excellent immigration lawyer, known for being meticulous, well prepared, diligent and passionate in all of her work. She always takes the time to listen to her clients. She is known for her helpfulness with colleagues and for her excellent Spanish. I endorse Barbara wholeheartedly.


    Elizabeth Streefland Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

Barbara E. Erlandson

1624 Harmon Place, Suite 300-C
Minneapolis, MN, 55403


MNAuthorized to practice199907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Award for Feminist JurisprudenceCALI1999
Moot Court, Semi-finalistWilliam Mitchell College of Law1999
CALI Award recipient for the highest grade in Torts ICALI1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Immigration AttorneyBarbara E. Erlandson, Immigration Attorney2003 - Present
Volunteer attoneyCara pro bono project2015 - 2015
AssociateSteven Thal, PA1999 - 2003
Law ClerkMesserli & Kramer1998 - 1999
Intern/Law clerkExecutive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court)1998 - 1998
Law ClerkCentro Legal, Inc1997 - 1998
Law Clerk, Centro LegalMinnesota Justice Foundation1997 - 1997
Desk OfficerPeace Corps1991 - 1996
Volunteer, Costa RicaPeace Corps1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Peace Corps AssociationMember2012 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Immigration Law SectionTreasurer2015 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of __, A77 851 910 (AAO Oct. 3, 2000)Appeal Granted
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)Fourteen cases approved since October 2012
Approved waiver of the 212(e) J-1 visa home residence requirementApproved I-612 waiver
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
College of Saint BenedictManagement and SpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 Upper Midwest Immigration Law conference.Introduction to consular processing.2016
2013 Upper Midwest Immigration ConferenceHow to Communicate with Consular Posts2013
SJU Career PanelLaw Careers2011
2011 Upper Midwest ConferenceIssue Spotting for the Newer Immigration Practitioner2011
SJU/CSB Career PanelCareer Panel2008