About Kivu Immigration Law

Kivu Immigration Law PLLC is a social enterprise that provides affordable, convenient, and high-quality legal representation. It is a private law firm in Worthington, Minnesota that handles only immigration matters. Situated in rural southwest corner of Minnesota, Kivu Law aims to serve the tri-state area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota where there is a growing number of immigrants but limited legal resources available close to home.

Kivu Law charges flat fees for its legal services based on the type of immigration case the client has. Kivu Law is committed to transparency up front so that prospective clients have a clear understanding of all costs involved with filing an immigration application. Kivu Law will also evaluate a prospective client’s eligibility for a USCIS fee waiver to reduce the costs associated with filing the application.


Erin Schutte Wadzinski

Humberto Ochoa

Thea Porisch


Alba Mendez
Administrative Assistant

Leah Ward
Legal Assistant
Law Student Practitioner

Eugenio Lopez
Administrative Assistant

Garrett Lieffring
Associate Director of Employer Relations

Gabriela Bruning
Legal Assistant

Kendra Jean
Legal Assistant

Delmia Euceda
Communications Specialist

Maritza Orozco Gaytan
Finance Specialist
Legal Assistant

Kate Schlauch

Kivu Summer Interns

Celeste Alvarez
Washington and Lee University

Andrea Herrera
Wesleyan University

Abigail Hu
Yale University

Jade Mosley
Smith College

Nobles County Summer Intern

Princess Martinez Barajas
Gustavus Adolphus College

About our name

Kivu Immigration Law PLLC is named after Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s largest lakes. Attorney Erin visited Lake Kivu in 2016 while on a work trip to Rwanda. She fell in love with the eucalyptus and pine-covered hills jutting out of the deep, still waters of Lake Kivu. The photo above of Lake Kivu was taken by Attorney Erin from the lodge where she stayed, nestled in the tropical hills near Kibuye, Rwanda.

Lake Kivu is situated in Africa’s Great Rift Valley and straddles the border of western Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in East Africa. Due to volcanic activity, there is a significant amount of dissolved methane gases in Lake Kivu’s deep waters that may be developed as energy sources in the future.