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Rachel Marie Engebretson

Immigration Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   31 reviews
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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Rachel

Learn Rachel’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    90%
    Offers a full range of immigration services to both individuals and businesses. These services include asylum claims, family based petitions, all aspects of removal proceedings, appeals, employment petitions and naturalization matters.

    16 years

  2. Asylum
    10%

AS AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AT ENGEBRETSON LAW FIRM, RACHEL ENGEBRETSON, IS FULFILLING HER DREAM OF “CHASING JUSTICE.” THOUGH SHE SERVES A DIVERSE CLIENTELE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE, MANY WHO SEEK HER HELP ARE ATTEMPTING TO REUNITE THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS, A PROCESS THAT REQUIRES AD

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Rachel M. Engebretson obtained her Juris Doctorate cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Minnesota, US District Court for MN, and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Rachel’s immigration-related practice areas include business, family, naturalization, immigration removal proceedings, consular processing, and waivers.

Rachel began her legal experience as a part-time legal intern in 1996. She joined the law firm as a full-time employee in 1998 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a legal assistant, Rachel gained more than a decade of valuable experience in assisting in all areas of the immigration law practice from administrative filings to court-room litigation. After learning the nuances of immigration policies and procedures her skills have expanded to include legal research and briefing. In addition, she worked with the William Mitchell Immigration Law Clinic for two semesters.

EDUCATION

J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude (2008)
B.A., Augsburg College, with honors (1998)

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

CALI, Excellence for the Future Award, Immigration & Naturalization

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Minnesota State Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Awards

Client's Choice 2020,2019
Client's Choice
2020 2019

Location

Rachel Engebretson
Engebretson Law Firm PA
989 118th Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55434

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mohd | May 30, 2024
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Thank you, Rachel, for everything you have done for me. You have made a significant impact on my life, and I am forever grateful
I am incredibly grateful to Rachel for her outstanding support and expertise during my asylum process and marriage application. Thanks to her dedication and hard work, I am thrilled to finally have my green card. Rachel's professionalism and knowledge in immigration law are unmatched, but what truly sets her apart is her compassionate and caring nature. During one of the most stressful periods of my life, especially after the passing of my mother, Rachel provided not only legal counsel but also comfort and reassurance, like a family member would. She was always available to answer my questions, address my concerns, and guide me through each step with patience and understanding. Her ability to ease my anxiety and instill confidence in me was invaluable. I cannot thank her enough for her unwavering support and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an exceptional immigration lawyer. Thank you, Rachel, for everything you have done for me. You have made a significant impact on my life, and I am forever grateful.
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Posted by C&S | January 31, 2023
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MIRACLE WORKER IN THE FLESH!
We were faced with quite an immigration mess after learning of a mishandled PERM application, but Rachel's quick guidance and diligence to go above and beyond turned the whole situation around. Rachel has not stopped fighting for us since day one and helped us expedite our case successfully helping us receive an EAD card within 40 days of submission and not to mention this was in the middle of the holidays and new year where people were away from the office. Rachel made us feel comfortable and confident that we had the right person going to bat for us and we would STRONGLY recommend her to a friend, family, or random person on the internet ;)
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Posted by Jemima | January 26, 2023
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I cannot speak highly enough of Rachel and her ability to do what she does well. My family were blessed to have her. after 7yrs she DID IT!
Posted by Fred | January 26, 2023
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Most Brilliant and Compassionate Lawyer!
My case was a complexed one that involved removal. Rachel was able to handle the case in such an exquisite manner, sought for a waiver for me through to my citizenship and I am so grateful for that. I am so thankful to have worked with a magnificent lawyer like Rachel. Rachel truly helped me through a life changing moment not just for me but my family.
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Posted by Jenny | January 26, 2023
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Above and Beyond
Rachel went above and beyond to help my friends with their issues. She's so smart and knows her immigration issues backwards and forwards! We are so grateful for her help!
Posted by Larissa and Stan | September 22, 2022
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Bravo!!
Thanks to Rachel, our family received green cards. We would like to note her high work capacity, professionalism, sensitive treatment of clients, her talent to find a way out of difficult situations. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the conscientious work done, for the time spent, for the efforts and efforts made, and most importantly - for the excellent result! We wish you success in your future projects.
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Posted by Julia | June 10, 2022
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Absolutely amazing lawyer!
Rachel Engebretson is an amazing lawyer that went above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcome for our son. She was an advocate for our son when all hope was lost. She worked tirelessly to meet deadlines. Rachel has great communication and listening skills, and is very thorough and very understanding. Her communication and knowledge were key in gathering information for our case. She has a great attitude and a genuine love of helping people. We are so very thankful for the work that Rachel did. We would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Elaine R | June 8, 2022
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Extraordinary!
Our Attorney, Rachel Engebretson, handled a difficult issue outside the normal area of her expertise with grace and persistence. She showed enormous care, researched with thorough skill and attention to detail, followed through and completed this issue in a short amount of time. We will be forever grateful for her compassion, professional approach, knowledge and commitment. I would highly recommend her to any potential client.
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Posted by RKM | August 9, 2021
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Excellent and Expedience
We only had a couple of weeks to get our process completed and in the most amazing way, from consultation to completion, Rachel was able to make it happen! I would recommend her anytime and will go all those that need Immigation help!!
Posted by Gertrude | October 31, 2020
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Compassionate Soul
I met Rachel in person but I am convinced that she’s an Angel in disguised. This Angel God assigned to me is so passionate about her profession and will do everything to make you smile during and at the end of the journey. She handled my case as someone she knew over the years. She’s very knowledgeable and always available to make her clients pleased. Today I’m a happy woman With a status because of God, secondly Angel Rachel hard work. I will recommend her for anyone because she’s a born winner. Thanks so much for everything, Rachel.
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Posted by Natnael | October 20, 2020
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Excellent service and dedication
Rachel has earned her name if you hear anyone say she is the best. She is well informed and is understanding of the situation and makes sure you are not bamboozled by files and questions and helps you through each steps.
Posted by Bernard | September 2, 2020
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A truly generous immigration expert
I felt I was losing my mind during all my immigartion woes, but Rachel’s kindness, enthusiasm and expertise was really pivotal during the process of my green card application, and she really helped keep me calm. She was giddy every time we got good news, and was patient with me during the times we had to wait, when I would call her and ask her to explain all of my options, and help me understand why some parts of the application were so difficult. When I began to go through a particularly difficult time in my personal life, Rachel seemed to become even more supportive, and she made efforts to understand how grief was affecting my life. She fought to make sure I had space to process what USCIS was asking for me during my green card application process, and she also made sure I had space to process what was happening in my own life. I wholly recommend her, her legal practice and her incredible expertise. It seemed she was doing so much without breaking a sweat. I would not have made it out whole without her generosity.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2020
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Above & Beyond with Extravagant Flexibility and Kindness!!
A friend referred me to Pratt International Law Firm, where my appointment happened to be with Rachel. We then stayed with Rachel as she started her own practice. She helped us examine the many visa options for getting my fiancé to the US long-term. Without her help, I would have tried many other kinds of visas without success and I would have wasted countless hours researching what to do. With her help, my now-husband’s fiancé visa was approved in 7 months (predicted to have taken 12+ months) and his adjustment of status papers are in process now. His work and advanced parole papers have already been approved, just under 5 months since filing (predicted to gave taken 7-29 months). Rachel is flawless in her work. She knows exactly what the USCIS wants to see and how they want things filed, right down to the order of how to stack all the papers when you mail them in. There are so many documents and copies Rachel had us attach to our forms that are NOT specified on the forms, but Rachel knows the USCIS wants to see them. We have never once been asked to submit additional documentation. On top of all that expertise and precision, Rachel is incredibly kind. She has been welcoming and flexible in every meeting. Each time my husband had questions or was prepping for the interview at the US Embassy, Rachel made time to meet with me so we could call him. Rachel spent lots of time on the phone with us, answering every one of his questions, even if our “time” was up. If you are looking for an expert who is also personable and willing to do anything and everything to help you with your immigration case, talk to Rachel!
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2020
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Above & Beyond
Rachel took on our adjustment case in 2018. It was an employment-based green card case, with the added complexity of 245i. She treated us like family throughout the entire process, explaining every move she made in great detail. She was very detailed in her filing, yet USCIS scrutinized the case and initially denied the adjustment. She was quick to respond to the denial and fought hard to get us a favorable decision. She worked overtime for us, digging through old records dating back to 2001 and going as far as contacting our family's old immigration attorney to get sworn statements. Rachel is an excellent lawyer, and more importantly, a great, kind-hearted person. She has deep knowledge of the law but is still not afraid to get 2nd opinions from her peers who specialize in certain areas. We felt very much at ease as she prepared a strong motion to re-open our case. Her hard work and dedication led to the approval of adjustment application. We would recommend her for all your immigration needs.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2020
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Incredible Lawyer!
Mrs. Rachel has been a kind and wonderful lawyer for me. She is always consistent in updating me on my case and answering any question I may have. Even during the time of Covid-19 she stayed in contact with me regularly and would even massage me just to ask how my family and I were doing. Her legal knowledge is only surpassed by her kindness. When I was referred to Mrs. Rachel I was excited but didn't not see hiring her as a real possibility because of financial difficulties but she was kind enough to take on my complicated case pro bono. Words can not describe how grateful I am.
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Posted by Natalia | January 21, 2020
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Rachel Marie Engebretson is our hero.
Mrs. Rachel Engebretson took our very complicated case without any delays got to work on it asap! Our case was insanely complicated (previous denied application, complicated medical history etc.). She is highly professional, very knowledgeable of immigration laws and proceedings, super intelligent, has compassion and very professional. We are recommending her to anyone who needs an immigration attorney. Thank you Rachel Engebretson, God bless you.
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Posted by Ghanaian | November 9, 2019
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Very compassionate
My case was terrible, as an immigrant single mother coming from abusive relationships. Rachel hold my hands in every step of the process till got approved. Thank God.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2019
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Awesome Immigration Attorney in Twin Cities
My employer was referred by their previous attorney to Pratt International Law where I met Rachel. She was very professional and knowledgeable about employment based immigration. To me she is one of the best immigration attorneys in Twin Cities. She walked us through every single detail in the PERM process and worked with my employer and myself to get it submitted and approved incredibility fast . My case got RFEs and audit request from CIS and Rachel handled those just intelligently perfect! I just completed the AOS interview a few days ago and now waiting for the green card being mailed to me. I strongly recommend Rachel as an immigration attorney to you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2019
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Personal Knowledgeable Service with a Smile
Rachel represented me in a criminal defense matter where the results were better than we had hoped! She was thorough, smart, and friendly through the entire process. The prosecutor insisted on a guilty plea, but the judge suggested a continuance for dismissal, which was the best outcome possible!
Posted by Elena | October 28, 2019
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Elena
Rachel assisted me with various questions /cases throughout the years. I am so happy I met her, because law is not just a job for her- it’s her life, her passion. She cares about her clients a lot and each case she works on she takes very personal which makes a huge difference. I would recommend Rachel to anyone who is seeking professional lawyer who cares about her clients. Thank you, Rachel, for all your help and support! It’s just priceless!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Engebretson Law Firm PA
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Independent Contractor
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Attorney at Law
  • Binsfeld & Engebretson, P.A.
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fishman & Binsfeld, P.A.
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fishman, Binsfeld & Bachmeier, P.A.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law Clerk/Paralegal
  • Fishman & Binsfeld, P.A.
  • 1996 - 2008
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Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2008
  • Augsburg College
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1998

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Minnesota-Dakotas Area chapter)
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence for the Future Award, Immigration & Naturalization
  • CALI
  • N/A

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • MN/Dakotas Conference
  • Adjustment of Status: Complicated Issues
  • 2016

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Immigration Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rachel is an incredible attorney and a great human being. She is intelligent, hard working and cares deeply for her clients."
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