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Barbara V. Melendez

Immigration Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

4.9   46 reviews

Licensed for 25 years

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I represent foreign nationals on family based immigration matters. I represent employers and employees with business and professional visas, labor certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation, and naturalization matters. I advise employers on compliance and employment eligibility as required under IRCA. I train personnel on  immigration compliance, including I-9, E-Verify and IMAGE.  I practice group also represents individuals in all removal proceedings. I provide the most recent updates on immigration via a weekly radio show on Mondays at noon on 102.3 FM Utah, where I respond to questions from listeners.  

Licensed for 25 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/08/2022

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Jessica | December 9, 2014
Wonderful attorney great attention to detail
I am so glad I went to Barbara Melendez. She took our case and help explain the process for my husband and I. She was diligent and helpful. We finally we have piece of mind. My husband has his green card!
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2013
One of the Best Immigration Attorneys in Utah!
I recently had the opportunity to work with Barbara Melendez and her team to get my work Visa renewed. Though the process was tedious and at times a bit frustrating because of my specific circumstances, I am so glad I worked with them to get this taken care of. Barbara and her team were extremely professional, helpful, knowledgeable, attentive, and hardworking . And I think one of the most important things for me, and one of the main reasons why I decided to work with them, was that I felt that they cared about me as a person and my specific case. I was not just one more client, which to me was very important to not feel like that. It gave me the confidence to know that they were going to do their absolutely best to work on my case…Which they did. And thanks to all their work, I am blessed to keep doing what I love at work too. Thank you!!!
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Posted by Purvish | December 18, 2021
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True Lawyer
A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows truly cares about Protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible. She has solutions for every problem. She makes you feel like family . The Best Lawyer I could ever think of .
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Posted by Maria ponce | June 28, 2021
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Excellent
Llo recomiendo a la bogada Meléndez ella es honesta y con mucha experiencia nosotros estamos encantados con su trabajo.
Posted by Ale | March 8, 2021
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You won't find any better
Barbra helped my husband and I feel calm, confident, and prepared throughout the process. We would recommend her to everyone in need of an immigration lawyer.
Posted by NILAM | November 19, 2020
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Profound Knowledge about Immigration
Me & my wife both are grateful to Barbara. We always get respond on time and good thing is, we always get satisfied answer. She help me and my wife all the way until we got our citizenship. Thank you So much Barbara
Posted by Iraida | November 14, 2020
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I would not be here had she not taken my case!
I had a lot of problems trying to get my immigration status taken care of. Immigration wanted to deny the case. Ms. Melendez helped appeal this wrong decision. After waiting for almost a year I finally heard back and the case was approved. I can't thank her enough for taking the time to listen and working hard to represent me on this. I can finally rest and know I will be here with my family.
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Posted by Emilie | August 3, 2020
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Through evaluation and great communication!
I have worked with large immigration firms in the past and was astonished to find the lack of one-on-one conversations or updates about my case. Submitting or renewing visa applications is always a delicate and emotionally-challenging process. Barbara was the first attorney who made sure to go through the process with me, step-by-step. She personally kept me updated on the progress of my application and provided me with solid advice on how to navigate visa applications in the time of COVID. Thanks, Barbara for all your help!
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Response from Barbara Melendez November 19, 2020
Thank you Emelie! It's a pleasure to work with you, I look forward to the next steps! :)
Posted by Erika | April 10, 2020
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Eficiencia
Barbara es una excelente profesional, a ayudado a toda nuestra familia en nuestros casos y todos fueron satisfactorios. Ella y su staff mostraron mucha eficiencia y un trato muy amable.
Response from Barbara Melendez December 28, 2020
Gracias querida, fue un placer para mi. Los mejores deseos, siempre, Barbara
Posted by Iker | April 9, 2020
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Extremely professional and Organize
Barbara is very professional, organize .pay attention To every detail , helped me to get my green car and make my life better thank you Barbara .. I appreciate you with all my heart
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2020
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Barbara Melendez Review
Barbara was the most thorough attorney I have ever worked with. From our very first interview, I knew I had made a good choice in choosing Barbara to take care of my case as it was evident that she held the knowledge and experience to help me through it successfully. She was very easy to get a hold off, and always got back with me in a timely manner. She was very honest from the very beginning; preparing me for the worst but always working and never losing focus for the best outcome. In my case, I’m grateful to say that it was the latter scenario. I would not have been able to get through my case without Barbara’s help, and I will always be grateful for her outstanding work.
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Posted by Renata | December 3, 2019
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Extremely professional and trustworthy
Barbara did a great job in getting the Green Card for me and my husband. She’s a very professional, reliable and trustworthy lawyer. I highly recommend her! Thank you Barbara, for everything!
Response from Barbara Melendez December 4, 2019
Thank you Renata it has been a pleasure to represent you and your husband during this process. Best wishes always, Barbara
Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2019
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Very professional and reliable lawyer
Attorney Melendez is very professional, reliable and kind lawyer. She help me all the way until I got my greencard. She always there and answer to questions/ queries promptly.
Posted by Mohammadreza | November 20, 2019
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Saved us from NOID (marriage based)
Barbara is very professional, strong, and thoughtful. She pays attention to every details and she answers to your questions calmly and smartly. If you want to hire a trustful and smart attorney in Utah, do not hesitate to choose her. We can not thank her enough. She and her team saved our family. Here is our story: My wife applied for my green card in 2017. After having a non-smooth interview in April 2019, we “got notice of intend to deny” for i130 form. We were very disappointed and sad and we thought it is over. Fortunately, with the guidance of our friends and families, we made a very smart move and met with Barbara. From that point the game changed. She is very professional, thoughtful , and has a very strong personality. She and Adriana helped us on our case and they saved us. Although we were in another state for the summer, she worked with us and wrote a strong response to USCIS regarding our case in just 30 days. Yesterday, we got approval on i130 form:). We are so happy now and we owe it to her and her professional team. We highly recommend her and wish everyone happiness in this process.
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Response from Barbara Melendez December 4, 2019
Thank you for your kinds words. I am very glad to represent you and your wife. Best regards always, Barbara
Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2019
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Notice off intent to deny case
I can not explain enough how Barbara did an amazing job to help my husband's green card application get accepted after getting a notice of intent to deny. She helped us gather as much evidence as possible, and also wrote a great argument herself. I would highly recommend Barbara for any tough case. She will help you go through it.
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Response from Barbara Melendez December 4, 2019
Thank you!
Posted by Ricardo | November 19, 2019
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Very Professional
Barbara was great, I highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a trustworthy lawyer. I did my PERM with her and everything went well. Thank you, Barbara, for everything!
Response from Barbara Melendez December 4, 2019
Ricardo, while the process was long and at times frustrating I am very glad we did not give up! It's been a pleasure. Barbara
Posted by Nathan | November 18, 2019
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She was the best we could have asked for
Barbara was incredible and helped my wife and I immensely. We started the process of getting my wifes residency back in January and thanks to Barbara's efficency we had our final interview for the green card in November and the whole process took less than half the time that we were anticipating. Barbara was also very responsive to our questions and made this process a positive one. Couldnt recommend her enough!
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Response from Barbara Melendez November 19, 2019
Nathan it was a pleasure representing you and wife through this process! Greatest wishes for the both of you and (baby) ;) Barbara
Posted by G. Falcon | October 9, 2019
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Life saver - we finally got our residency!
We are so grateful for the hard work Ms. Melendez did on our case. There were times when I had lost hope. I am thankful for her, for her answering all my calls and texts when I doubted. She has been working for us to get our papers for so many years and finally after all the hard work we got our residency. I still can't believe it! I can't thank her enough!
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Response from Barbara Melendez October 10, 2019
Thank you for your review! It has been an honor to represent you and your family! Best wishes always.
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2019
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Very Professional and Efficient
Bárbara Melendez helped us process our TN Visa in 2014. Then in 2017 she helped us file for PERM. We had a wonderful experience and we highly recommend her and her team! We are grateful to have received our green cards this week.
Response from Barbara Melendez October 9, 2019
Thank you for your kind words. It has been a pleasure representing you and your family throughout this process.
Posted by Gopal Chaudhari | April 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Barbara is an outstanding immigration lawyer. She is professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated!!
If you are looking for a great immigration lawyer - please, look no further! Barbara is truly amazing. Not only she is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in immigration field - she is super attentive and dedicated and will treat your case/problem as her own. She is always available via email or phone, answers all the questions in details, and during meetings - she is always prepared and will spend extra time with you. she will be in touch, guiding your thru the whole process until full success.I am very glad I chose Barbara as my lawyer and highly recommend to use her services if you need help in your immigration process.
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Response from Barbara Melendez October 9, 2019
Thank you Gopal for your kind words and reference. It has been a pleasure working with you and your family. I could not be happier to know that you are all finally together in the US.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Immigration Chair
  • Richards Brandt Miller Nelson
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chair Immigration Practice Group
  • Richards Brandt Miller Nelson
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kuck Immigraiton Partners
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Shareholder
  • Kirton & McConkie
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Law Professor
  • Brigham Young University Law School
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Christensen & Jensen, PC
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Judge
  • Justice Court Judge- Salt Lake City
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State of Utah, Governor's Commision on Immigration & Migration
  • Governors Commision
  • 2011 - Present
  • Utah Bar Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Utah chapter)
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Awards

  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2009
  • Utah’s 20 Most Influental Hispanic Business Leaders
  • Business Connect Magazine
  • 2008
  • 30 Women to Watch
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Education Week
  • Overview of Immigration Law--Family-Based and Employment-Based Immigration—Compliance and Following the Law
  • 2012
  • Tri State Conference
  • Immigration - What's Going On?
  • 2011
  • Immigration Compliance
  • Employer Compliance
  • 2011
  • AILA National Conference
  • Religious Worker Visas
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Immigration Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barbara is a great attorney and even better person. She is very knowledgeable and considered an expert in her field of immigration. I will continue to refer people to her needing help with immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Barbara as a neighbor, friend, and attorney. I have followed her carrier over the years and she has steadily climbed in her skills, abilities, and positions. She is good to be around, straight forward, honest, and trustworthy. I have no hesitation in recommending her."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barbara is a fantastic immigration attorney. She was co-counsel on a massive mine collapse case where several of the miners that died had immigration issues. She worked well with the various consulates and members of our Congressional staff to get these issues resolved. She also did a great job on the actual case itself."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you have a legal matter involving immigration issues, then you want to hire Barbara Melendez to be your lawyer. She's an absolutely wonderful person and a top-notch attorney. I have referred many people to Barbara and she consistently delivers. I trust her and listen to her carefully as she is wise and has excellent logic, reasoning, good instincts and makes sound decisions. I recommend her without hesitation."
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Salt Lake City Immigration Lawyer Barbara V. Melendez
Barbara V. Melendez
Immigration Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 25 years