Attorney Sonali Mehta Patnaik is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has practiced Immigration in Dallas since 2004. She has had substantial success in all levels of Immigration practice, from complicated applications before USCIS, AAO and U.S. Embassies abroad, to asylum, adjustment, and cancellation cases before the Immigration Court and appeals.
Sonali was born to immigrant parents in Miami, Florida, and is a first generation Indian American. With roots in India, England, and Kenya, her upbringing has given her a unique understanding of the goals and struggles of the immigrant family.
In 2008, she expanded her practice to include Estate Planning, to serve demand from satisfied immigration clients.
Sonali is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, and a frequent “Know Your Rights” presenter at the Immigration Court in Dallas. She has also given her time to Dallas non-profits who aid immigrant communities, such as Mosaic Family Services, Chetna DFW and Catholic Charities Immigration Counseling Service.
She speaks fluent Gujarati, and a basic level of Spanish. She can be reached at email@example.com .
Languages spoken: Gujarati, Spanish, English
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2004||10/19/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2013|
|Public Interest Law Award||University of Texas School of Law||2004|
|Managing Attorney||Patnaik Law Office||2006 - Present|
|Attorney||Chavez & Gallagher||2005 - 2006|
|Associate Attorney||Reina and Associates||2005 - 2005|
|Student Attorney||UT Immigration Clinic||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Dallas chapter)||Dallas Section Co-Chair||2013 - Present|
|Dallas Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|American Immigration Council||Member||2006 - Present|
|American Immigration Law Foundation||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)||Member||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Joint Motion to Reopen, I-751 in Proceedings||Approved|
|National Interest Waiver and Adjustment of Status||Permanent Residence granted|
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|Bollywood Magazine||The Re-Entry Permit: Protecting U.S. Lawful Permanent Residence During an Extended Stay Abroad||2013|
|Bollywood Magazine||Understanding the New I-601A Waiver||2013|
|Bollywood Magazine||Immigration Consequences of a False Claim||2013|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|University of Texas at Austin||History||B.A.||2001|
|University of Texas at Austin||Plan II Honors||Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|AILA TX/OK/NM Spring Conference 2015||T and U Visas||2015|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)||H-1B Site Visits||2014|
|North Texas DreamTeam DACA MegaClinic||Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals||2013|
|Laotion National Conference||Naturalization and Adjustment of Status||2013|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)||Immigrant Visa Waivers and Parole||2013|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Dallas chapter)||Immigrant Visa Processing||2013|
|Pro-bono Legal Clinic||Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals||2012|
|EOIR Know Your Rights Presentations||Rights and Relief Options in Removal Proceedings||2009|