Shah & Kishore: Best-in-class Corporate Immigration Attorneys

Devang M. Shah, Managing Partner

“In an era where flexibility and creativity are keys to competitiveness, diverseness is critical for an organization’s success.”

This adage implies why American businesses seek out and hire highly skilled talent pools from foreign countries as their breadth of technical knowledge and adaptability to new circumstances set up the need for hiring them, ultimately providing a competitive advantage for corporations.

However, it often becomes hard for employers to bring foreign talent on board due to the stringent regulations of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Also, the long-drawn out processes cause uncertainty among employers. That’s where Maryland-based immigration law firm Shah & Kishore comes into the picture.

Shah & Kishore was established in 1995 by partners that have known each other since middle school with the goal of forming a client centric firm utilizing the latest technology. The firm is staffed with professionals dedicated to ensuring that each of its clients achieves the American Dream. The firm’s family atmosphere ensures very low turnover resulting in most staff members that stay with the firm for decades. Clients can be assured that they will have stability with the Law Firm and Client Managers.

Located outside the nation’s capital, Shah & Kishore specializes in business immigration for companies from start-up to publicly traded companies serving clients around the country. Specialization is the key to success in today’s complex legal environment. The days of the general practitioner are over. “Technology companies with immigration needs are much more likely to seek experts in the field, such as our firm. A specialist offers a more thorough outlook and more specific expertise than a generalist,” expresses Devang Shah, the Managing Partner of Shah & Kishore. The core competency is to represent clients in gaining approvals across employment-based visas such as H-1B, L-1, TN, and E-3. The company also helps clients achieve permanent residence for their employees by pursuing Green Cards.

Technology Driven Professionals

Historians often relate to events to discuss the passing of time. And so it is that for Shah, the development of the internet had a significant impact on the direction he took when he started his business. “The direction of our firm coincides with the beginning and rapid growth of the internet,” says Shah. Growing his law firm alongside the internet revolution of the 90s was beneficial.
The internet leveled the playing field, enabling his firm to compete with larger firms and the technological expertise increased the firm’s ability to provide meaningful and strategic counseling to its clients. Shah & Kishore grew by offering solutions to their clients' immigration problems.

The growth of technology was further fed by the news surrounding the turn of the century. The expectation was that nearly every industry would be plagued with problems because of the change of millennium. The expected crisis drove U.S. companies to seek help in hiring more information technology workers. As a result, there were more opportunities for foreign information technology professionals to enter the U.S. For Shah & Kishore, this change in immigration needs was an opportunity—enabling their fairly new firm to grow exponentially. “As a result of these historic events, 95 percent of our immigration practice involves cases for information technology professionals,” states Shah.

Since then, nearly three decades of expertise in the immigration sector has given Shah and his firm an edge in the marketplace. The firm is now positioned as one of the top immigration law firms in the U.S. By actively participating in the intense competition, Shah has seen the immigration sector grow tremendously. On the change in the landscape of immigration, he comments, “Two things have substantially transformed the way we do business: 1) the increased levels of scrutiny on immigration petitions both by USCIS and the consulates, and 2) the level of compliance regulations.” Shah & Kishore has been able to meet the challenges of the evolving landscape.

Shah has always been highly driven towards using technology to improve business processes. Shah & Kishore is exploring ways to use AI to integrate the business end of immigration paperwork with technology to ease the filing process. They have a dedicated IT team working towards those goals. Shah & Kishore raises the standards for each of its clients demonstrating the firm to be trustworthy and reliable. Shah uses his knowledge and years of industry practice to ameliorate and ease an otherwise slow and complex process.

Committed Immigration Attorneys

Shah & Kishore is considered a critical member of the executive team of leading companies as well as a valued advisor providing necessary strategy analysis and recommendations. “We have gone from providing information on immigration to providing strategic advice,” says Shah.

Shah & Kishore prides themselves in being resourceful and in providing appropriate guidance to their clients. In most cases, employers are afraid to litigate their cases because they fear the wrath of USCIS. Proper litigation reaps great rewards. In one such case, Shah & Kishore helped an employer who had to challenge USCIS’ inconsistency in adjudicating its case.
Shah & Kishore filed an H-1B Change of Employer petition for a beneficiary; however, USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (“RFE”) questioning the beneficiary’s qualifications. Although the RFE response included an academic and work experience evaluation, the petition was still denied. Shah recommended to the client that the case be litigated in Federal Court.

While the case was being litigated, Shah & Kishore filed another H-1B Change of Employer petition for the same beneficiary and the same petitioner. USCIS issued the same RFE as the previous case despite providing the beneficiary’s work experience in depth. Shah & Kishore responded to the RFE and it was approved. Subsequently, the first Change of Employer petition was approved through litigation. Shah & Kishore’s dual approach to USCIS ended with success in both cases.

Public Service Oriented

Shah has been at the forefront of immigration law for nearly three decades. His professionalism and success has earned him many immigration law accolades and leadership positions among champions in the industry. He is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Shah has gained the respect and trust of the community by fighting for those seeking immigration. He also gives back to the community. He is Board Chair for Interfaith Works, an organization that helps people in the community experiencing homelessness or living in poverty. He also does pro bono work for religious groups. He does a radio show once a month to provide information and dispel any rumors.

Shah is very politically active to help bring about changes to immigration laws. He has been in and continues to serve in many political leadership roles. These roles include the Executive Member of the Maryland Democratic Party, the Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party AAPI Leadership Council, the Co-Chair to Congressman David Trone AAPI Council, and the Co-Chair to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Advisory Group, to name a few.

We ensure our clients achieve their ultimate goal of better retention and recruitment of future brains with our valuable immigration services

Shah has excelled as a trusted leader and advisor in immigration law. His passion continues to d rive his career, his clients, and Shah & Kishore to new heights of success. What keeps this fire of passion burning is the motivation that he garnered from his father, who came from India to the US on a student visa and supported the family to live the American Dream.

Looking ahead, the firm envisions imparting more technological capabilities in serving its clients. “We ensure our clients achieve their ultimate goal of better retention and recruitment of future brains with our valuable immigration services,” concludes Shah.