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Susan Aileen Swanson

Immigration Attorney at Grand Forks, ND

4.8   6 reviews

also known as Sue Swanson

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State ND
    Acquired 2010
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    All areas of immigration law - deportation, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, business/employment visas, family based petitions, all areas of non-immigrant & immigrant visas, deferred action.

    14 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Licensed in ND and ND Federal Court.

    14 years

I have been working in the field of immigration law since 1999.  I work in ALL areas of immigration law and travel throughout the US to represent my clients.  I first started practicing in the field of business immigration and then expanded my knowledge to include family immigration law, asylum, deportation, and naturalization.   I have worked with universities, a professional football team, Olympians, and professional athletes. I am one of two attorneys in the state of ND to provide advice to ND criminal defense attorneys as to the immigration consequences of criminal charges and/or convictions.  I love to figure out complex immigration issues.  Call me to learn how I can help you.

As stated above, I work in all areas of immigration law.  My clients never leave my office without an answer.  I work with many different businesses assisting them with their employment needs, families who want to sponsor their loved ones, individuals who want to become citizens, and people who find themselves placed into deportation proceedings.  I work with criminal clients in municipal, district and federal courts and file federal actions for clients who find their immigration cases unduly delayed.  I love to travel, eat food from around the world and learn new customs.

I am a three-time graduate of the University of North Dakota graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, and International Studies. I have a Masters of Business (MBA) and a Juris Doctorate in Law.  I have lived and worked in Antigua, Guatemala, Central America during its civil war and after the war ended, as well as studied in Bogota, Columbia, South America.  I started my career in banking and finance working as a commercial and private lender.  I then become Associate Director of International Programs for the University of North Dakota where I was introduced to immigration law.  It was there that I discovered my passion for immigration law.  My husband and I moved to Jacksonville, FL and while living there, I worked for one of the top immigration attorneys in northern Florida.  My husband and I decided to return to North Dakota so I could attend law school.  I opened Swanson Law Office in May 2010 and have loved every minute of it.  I am an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law and teach Immigration Law.


Swanson Law Office
118 Belmont Road
Grand Forks, ND, 58201-4732


4.8 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Sam | December 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Susan Changed My Life For Ever
I applied for asylum in 2009 when I first arrived in the United States. Susan Swanson accepted my case in a very difficult time of my life and did what I thought would be impossible after working with other attorneys. I am now a very successful American citizen because of what Susan did for me. I will for ever be grateful to her.
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Posted by Alfian Lo | November 14, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer!
Good lawyer great capability and wide knowledge.. very strict and honesty thats what u need from a lawyers not a sweet promises.. she will tell u what u need to do and what u dont..
Posted by Gary | April 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Sue Swanson Personal Recommendation
Sue handled my permanent resident application and process. This application and process is very detailed and requires a considerable amount of effort. Sue performed an extremely good job at this. There are numerous steps in this process and Sue not only educated and informed me on all the issues but she also guided me throughout the process to ensure that I was well prepared to manage all the required obligations. Going through this process can be emotional and sometimes difficult. Sue's personable and caring attributes where a great help in handling the situation. Sue's experience and knowledge in these legal and process areas provides you with a high level of confidence and assurance. I highly recommend Sue.
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Posted by Nicola | August 9, 2013
Professional great lawyer for your immigration needs
susan was a very professional and informative lawyer who greatly helped us for our immigration case. we were always very well informed about what the process would be like to apply for spousal sponsorship would involve and cost.
Posted by Sam | July 30, 2013
Excellent immigration attorney
She is definitely one of the best immigration attorneys I have worked with. She presented me in a difficult case in which other attorneys basically couldn't do anything. If you need a first class attorney, Sue Swanson is the one.
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Susan Swanson helped me gain a TN Visa to work in the United States. She did a great job with the application and was very efficient. There were a few complications while trying to find a border crossing that would accept the application. This in turn, added additional legal fees and expenses on my part. More time should have been spent ensuring that I was fully prepared for what could potentially occur at the border. A step by step instruction for this would have helped. All complications aside, it was well worth it as the application was accepted and I was approved for a TN Visa.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Swanson Law Office
  • 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of North Dakota School Of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Legal Assistant
  • David R. Fletcher, PA
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Associate Director of International Programs
  • University of North Dakota
  • 1999 - 2001
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  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of North Dakota
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • University of North Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Criminal Charge Domestic Violence; VAWA with Allegations of Client Fraud
  • Criminal charges dropped, USCIS VAWA and LPR approved


  • ND Bar Assodication - Inquiry Committee Northeast
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Grand Forks Immigrant Integration Steering Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Randy H. Lee American Inn of Court
  • 2010 - Present
  • Greater Grand Forks County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Immigrant Advocate Award
  • AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter
  • 2017


  • Prairie Business Magazine
  • Viewpoint: Important to Be Informed About Immigration Benefits
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents 2013 Summer CLE
  • Sentencing to Avoid Immigration Consequences
  • 2013
  • Immigration Law Class Spring Semester
  • Immigration Law
  • 2013
  • North Dakota State's Attorney Annual Meeting
  • Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
  • 2012
  • North Dakota State Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Immigration Law for the Non-Immigration Attorney
  • 2012
  • North Dakota State Bar Annual Meeting
  • What Does Legal Look Like, Working with Other Cultures. Elimination of Bias for Legal Practitioners
  • 2012
  • ND State Human Resource Conference
  • Form I-9, It's Just One Page
  • 2011
  • Chamber of Commerce Brown Bag Seminar
  • Human Resource Issues & the Importance of Form I-9
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (0)
Endorse Susan
Immigration Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Swanson is extremely knowledgeable on immigration issues. She is professional and cares about her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Our firm has used Susan's services to assist our criminal defense clients in their potential immigration issues. Susan is extremely knowledgable and educated in immigration law, and is a great asset if one of your clients may have potential immigration consequences. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is a lawyer I endorse without any reservations. As part of a small community of immigration lawyers in North Dakota and a fellow member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, I have found her insight and dedication to her clients to be exemplary. I have had opportunities in the past to discuss immigration law issues with Susan and she has tremendous insight on the area. Anyone who is considering hiring Susan or her firm can rest assured that my colleague in the immigration law area will definitely be an asset to their case."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Other
"Susan is a very intelligent and hard working lawyer."
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