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Experienced St. Paul Immigration Attorneys

Based in Saint Paul, the Ojala-Barbour Law Firm helps clients navigate U.S. immigration law. We represent immigrants and their families with their cases in the immigration courts, before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and when necessary with the Board of Immigration Appeals and our federal courts. We work to defend clients against deportation and also to apply successfully for visas and other affirmative immigration benefits. We often consult with criminal defense attorneys whose clients may face immigration consequences from a criminal conviction. Hablamos español con fluidez.

All immigration cases involve individuals dealing with the U.S. government, which can feel overwhelming for the individual. But immigrants have rights in the United States, and our attorneys are here to make sure those rights are respected. We guide our clients through their cases step by step, explaining what to expect and what outcomes are possible, so they understand what is happening and what is likely to happen down the road. We stand by clients through sometimes lengthy processes, whether that means attending an asylum interview, defending against deportation in immigration court, or ensuring that an application for a family-based visa comes through the system smoothly. Our goal is always to create the best possible outcome for our client, whatever that might mean in their circumstances.

We are not afraid to take on difficult or controversial cases. Our past work includes representing people with criminal convictions and with media attention to their cases. We believe all immigrants deserve a strong defense, particularly when their futures in the United States may be at stake. Our attorneys are active in immigrant advocacy and professional immigration law groups, and frequently speak and write publicly on immigration subjects. If you come to us, you will find dedicated advocates for immigrants, ready to do our very best for our clients.

Graham Ojala-Barbour is proud to have devoted his legal career to helping immigrants and their families be together and live where they want to live.
Matthew Mockenhaupt represents clients in immigration law matters before the immigration courts and USCIS – he has achieved successful outcomes for clients in applications for citizenship, adjustment of status, DACA and other applications for affirmative benefits with USCIS. Also, he is not afraid to take on a difficult case and has successfully resolved cases for people detained by ICE including grants of cancellation of removal and relief under the convention against torture in removal proceedings, and successfully achieving stipulations with ICE that removal proceedings be terminated. Matt began his work in immigration law as a student in the Health Law Clinic at Mitchell Hamline School of Law where he graduated with honors in 2020. Before going to law school he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.