Orbit Law: A Personal Touch to Immigration

Kripa Upadhyay, Founder/Managing Attorney

The ‘American dream’ has transcended geographical boundaries. Today, it is not just the national ethos; instead, people across continents want to realize this dream in a bid for a better life. However, immigration processes pose the biggest hindrance for corporations as well as individuals in making that possible. U.S. immigration is essentially a quagmire of complex legal processes that hinder people’s permanent residency from other countries. On top of that, immigration is often a political hotbed where organizations have to pivot every four years, depending on the administration. In his only term, Former President Trump went to unprecedented lengths to restrict immigration to a large extent. Kripa Upadhyay, founder/managing attorney at Orbit Law, says, “During the Trump Administration, the issuing of a request for evidence (RFE) by the USCIS went up to 75 per cent.” Any errors during the documentation process can lead to significant delays and often rejections for the concerned parties.
This is where Orbit Law, PLLC excels. The Seattle-based firm provides legal guidance and support, allowing its clients to seamlessly wade through the constantly changing labyrinth of immigration and nationality laws. Orbit Law offers representation for individuals, families, and local businesses along with investor-based and multinational corporations. “We specialize in investor-based and corporate immigration where we help our clients recruit and retain talent from around the world,” states Kripa. In addition, the company also renders services for I-9 audits, ensuring all the clients’ employees have proper authorizations for a seamless federal immigration officials’ review. The firm also specializes in helping corporations set up a subsidiary entity in the US, and also helps International individuals seeking to invest in the U.S.

We specialize in investor-based and corporate immigration where we help our clients recruit and retain talent from around the world

Established in 2011, Orbit Law strives to build robust relationships with its clients, be it a large conglomerate or an individual. To that end, the company keeps its communication channels open for clients and allows them to communicate through a wide variety of modes, including in-person visits, WhatsApp, Zoom calls, or any other means that fits their bill. Also, in addition to providing advice and assistance in Immigration Law matters, the company works with their large network of professionals to continuously provide services like advice from Tax Advisors, Business Lawyers, Business Plan Writers and HR specialists to render end-to-end support for the clients’ businesses.
As securing immigration can be a daunting task for individuals, Orbit Law works extensively toward helping its individual clients reunite with their family members. With a team that mostly consists of 1st generation immigrants, the company understands the perils of U.S. immigration process; thereby goes the extra mile to ensure a hassle-free journey for its clients. Notably, Orbit Law’s professionals speak more than ten languages that enable clients across countries to voice their concerns without any language barrier. “I wanted to create a firm that was able to build relationships with immigrants, and provide services in a way that encapsulates subject matter expertise, while also being culturally and linguistically diverse,” emphasizes Kripa. More importantly, Orbit Law collaborates with community organizations and traditional groups like houses of worship to organize and conduct free seminars and informative sessions on immigration issues of concern to the larger immigrant community in the greater Seattle area.
The company has a long list of satisfied clientele that have benefited through its proficient immigration services.
A testament to the company’s unparalleled service is the success story of a Seattle-based client that got into a muddle due to an unannounced site visit by immigration officials. The firm had an attorney in New Jersey who handled their Immigration matters, but provided no guidance as to I-9 and Immigration compliance. The officers found some discrepancies in the H1B visa application, which triggered an I-9 audit for the firm. Upon being informed about the issue, Orbit Law helped the client by representing them in the I-9 audit process & advocating for them to reduce monetary liability by a substantial amount “We negotiated with the federal agency and ended up having them agree to a much lower fine, provided that on the subsequent unannounced site visit, the company would ensure that the I9 audit forms would be in order,” extols Kripa.
Orbit Law, recently has also joined forces with AILA national, Wasden Banias and other private law firms in helping to file class action lawsuits against USCIS for much delayed process of authorizing and renewing work permits for various visa classes. Kripa was one of the attorneys named in the recently settled matter of Shergill v. Mayorkas, which fundamentally changed the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) process for L-2 visa holder spouses. Due to this lawsuit and the resulting settlements, spouses of L-2 and E-2 visa holders no longer need to apply for EAD as it is now automatic and incident to status.
Kripa is also part of a 2nd class action lawsuit seeking relief for thousands of H-4 visa holders facing similar intransigence by USCIS. This lawsuit has been filed and is pending in the U. S. District Court for the Western District of WA.
With a dedicated team and a passion for making immigration seamless, the company has carved a niche for itself as the go-to immigration attorney in the U.S. Going forward, the company aims for steady growth while keeping its ethos of building robust relationships with clients intact. “Rather than just being a vendor, we want to be the partners in helping our clients eliminate all the legal hassles of immigration,” concludes Kripa.