Sharma Law Offices: Delivering Effective Immigration Services

Asheesh Sharma, Founder and President

When it comes to U.S. immigration law, today, one can safely say that it is one of the most stringent immigration laws in the world. Notably, among the various categories under which a person obtains a U.S. visa, the H-1B (employment-based) visa has become more competitive with the improving U.S. economy, and alongside, the desire for American companies to hire foreign workers have shown sharp growth over the years. Thus, to ensure national security as well as protect U.S. workers from an influx of foreign nationals competing for the same jobs, individuals applying for an H-1B visa have to undergo extensive and prolonged screening processes.

Presently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is following strict scrutiny of H-1B applications in the current administration. It is, therefore, imperative for American employers to demonstrate that the position, for which an H-1B visa is being filed, requires a professional in a “specialty occupation,” and the foreign national meets the required qualifications.
The company that helps both U.S. employers and their prospective employees address all immigration challenges is Georgia-based Sharma Law Offices.

As a non-native himself, Asheesh Sharma, founder and president of Sharma Law Offices, had firsthand experience in handling and resolving the prevalent challenges faced by most individuals aspiring to move to the States. “When I started working after my post-graduation in September 2001, I had to handle the difficulties of applying for an employment-based visa as well,” says Sharma. During the time, the USCIS had bolstered their background checks for immigrants, which led Sharma to learn the ins and outs of filing and eventually gaining citizenship through the proper channels. Later, leveraging his own experience in obtaining the H-1B, Sharma went on to help his wife get a work permit in the early 2000s, and this helped him further in recognizing the prevalent challenges in gaining citizenship. The painstaking experience inspired Sharma to cement the cornerstone of his company around assisting Indian citizens get employment-based and family-based visa approvals.

Sharma mentions a case study where he assisted an Indian woman overturn a divorce ruling and gain citizenship. In this instance, the client was married to an American citizen who abandoned the marriage and moved back to the U.S.
Subsequently, the U.S. citizen applied for a divorce and allegedly gave a falsified address of the woman in the U.S. court in order to gain an ex parte ruling. With Sharma Law Offices, the woman was able to get a meeting with the Embassy of the United States, New Delhi (India) where she presented all the documents required to prove that she had never been to the U.S. At the same time, Sharma himself filed an application under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 on his client’s behalf, which eventually helped the woman and her child gain U.S. citizenship.

At the core of Sharma’s success in the immigration arena is his honest and flexible approach to handling every client’s cases. For future attorneys aspiring to work in the U.S. immigration realm, Sharma explains the significance of an upfront approach in tackling cases in the immigration space, which is indeed one of the toughest law practices. He further drives this point home by explaining how immigration laws are always in a state of flux because of regulatory changes. “No immigration attorney knows all the answers because they change so frequently. Therefore, we learn from each case that we handle and keep ourselves updated at all times to build a strong rapport with our client,” concludes Sharma.