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February - 2014 Immigration Special > 20 Best Immigration Law Firms 2014
Sound Immigration Insights Augmenting a Broader Community
Judy Christin
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Listening is perhaps, the most powerful pre-requisite to connect to another person. Affirming this, Sweta Khandelwal, Principal Attorney at The Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal, says, "In immigration, we understand that to best serve your interests, we must first be available to listen to your concerns."
The Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal is a U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law firm that is based out of Santa Clara, the heart of Silicon Valley. Khandelwal, an immigrant herself, came to the U.S. as a dependent on H-4 Visa, transferred to a student (F-1) visa, interned under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program, worked on a H-1B Visa, and is currently self-employed as a Permanent Resident. Having navigated her way through the complex web of U.S. immigration laws, Khandelwal can empathize with her clients and understands their concerns that arise out of their unique personal situation. The objective at the Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal is to ensure that clients take informed decisions about their immigration situation that are consistent with their long term personal and professional goals.

The Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal partners with their clients to achieve their immigration objectives-whether they wish to work in the U.S., hire foreign workers, invest in the U.S. or reunite with their families. Sweta Khandelwal has filed thousands of filed visa applications of almost every kind such as H-1B, H-2B, H-3, J-1, L-1, O-1, E, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 and EB-5 demonstrating competencies in each of the practice areas -non-immigrant visas, family based immigration, employment based green card and naturalization.

"Our personalized approach is complemented by advanced case management technology that allows our clients to monitor the progress of their case, answer questionnaires and upload documents and data to instantly share information," says Khandelwal. This streamlines the immigration process and helps maintain the firm's commitment to provide quality service to its clients.

Khandelwal is licensed by the State Bar of California and is also a Chartered Accountant from India, equivalent of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). This uniquely positions her to understand the immigration needs of business clients in a broader context of their corporate objectives. She has a LL.B from Delhi University and an LL.M from University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, she is serving as the Chair for the Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the nation's largest group of Immigration practitioners consisting of 11,500 attorneys. She is also the Advocacy & Media Co-Liaison for AILA-SCV.
The last few years have witnessed a paradigm shift in immigration law, especially as it applies to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and start-ups. While most of these high tech ventures don't do business the traditional way, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to rely on traditional parameters to judge/adjudicate the visa petitions filed by them and their founders. To effectively deal with this, Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal applies a dual approach. On the micro level, they invest time and effort to design an immigration strategy that focuses on the unique strengths/competencies of each individual client, whether business or individual.

Second, at a macro-level, Khandelwal believes in aggressively advocating to the government the need for a change in approach towards foreign entrepreneurs/business and the need for better immigration laws. As the Chair and Advocacy Co-Liaison for AILA-SCV, Khandelwal engages in advocacy efforts at both the local and national level to push for immigration reform. She participates in stakeholder meetings with USCIS, where suggestions are invited from attorneys towards improving USCIS processes and adjudications. She strongly believes that this goes a long way in improving government efficiencies and will eventually lead to more sensible immigration laws. Of course, this not only benefits her clients but also benefits the community at large.

Khandelwal's sound immigration insights reach a wide range of audiences through professional forums, radio, television and publications. Khandelwal's response to immigration questions in live telecasts, a television series on immigration law, and her blogs and articles have benefited thousands of people and have helped the firm reach out to a broader community, thereby benefiting recipients from the knowledge transfer of the law and its application. Most of these video's and recordings are available online on her new and updated website www.khandelwalaw.com.

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