Bandita Sharma-Dahal, ESQ. is Attorney at Dahal and Associates, LLC. Before starting her own practice she was a partner in Chhetry and Associates, PC; Philadelphia Branch. Her practice is limited to immigration and nationality law.
Ms. Sharma-Dahal received her LL.M. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in New York. Ms Sharma-Dahal is admitted to the New York Bar, District of Columbia and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As immigration law is not a state regulated matter, but a federal matter, therefore we are able to assist clients nationwide. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and New York Bar Association.
As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, she keeps herself updated on the latest developments in U.S. immigration law and she is dedicated to provide her clients with the highest level of service.
Being an immigrant herself, Ms. Sharma-Dahal feels closely connected to the immigrant community in US and she takes a personal interest in all the cases she handles. She has great respect for the rights and freedoms enshrined in the US constitution, and the important role a robust judiciary plays in safeguarding them. She admires the opportunities this country provides to everybody regardless of race, color, religion, gender, country of origin, or political affiliations. She was born and raised in South Asian Country Nepal. She has always been a passionate human rights advocate and at the early age of seventeen she was one of the founding members of Forum for Women Law and Development, internationally recognized Nepal based NGOs. She has conducted legal advocacy and awareness programs in rural areas of Nepal. She has represented Nepal in various international forums as a young advocate.
During her LLM at Touro Law Center, her concentration was immigration law, human rights clinic and sex based discrimination. She was recipient of Touro law center public interest fellowship. She has interned at Center for Reproductive Rights, New York. She has also worked as of counsel for local attorneys.
She has been an active probono attorney for Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center. She is a member of America-Nepal Women’s Association of Greater Washington (ANWA). She is also a board member of Nepal Foundation. She is the frequent speaker on immigration conferences organized by organisations like NASEA (Nepalese Association of South East America)
Languages spoken: Nepali, Hindi, Urdu, English
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Public Interest Fellowship||Touro Law College||2005|
|Attorney||DAHAL AND ASSOCIATES, LLC||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Chhetry and Associates, PC||2011 - 2015|
|Attorney||Law Office of Bandita Sharma Dahal||2009 - 2011|
|Self||Freelance/ Probono||2007 - 2009|
|Legal Intern||Chhetry & Associates, PC||2005 - 2007|
|Volunteer Intern||International Center For Reproductive Rights||2004 - 2004|
|Member||Forum for Women, Law & Development Nepal||1997 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Council||Co-chair, ESSAY COMMITTEE, CELEBRATE AMERICA||2014 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Montgomery Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Nepal Bar Association||Attorney Member||2000 - Present|
|Non Resident Nepalese||Chairperson, Election Commission||2015 - 2016|
|nepal24hours||How to get the green card||2012|
|Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center||Immigration and Sex Based Discrimination||LL.M - Master of Laws||2006|
|Women's Group||Domestic Violence and Immigrant Women||2014|
|Heath care and Immigration||Immigration for small business owners||2014|
|Every week||Immigration Segment||2014|
|Annual Women’s Center Workshop||Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence||2014|
|All Nepalese Association Conference||Immigration Forum||2014|
|Immigration Conference Call||“Family-Based Immigration including Fiancé Visa”||2013|
|Gender Equality: Reality and Challenges||Let us Stop Violence against Women and Girls||2013|
|fifth National Conference for South Asian Women’s organizations in the U.S. –Aarohan||International Parental Kidnapping||2013|
|"Interaction/Q&A Session with Nepalese Lawyers", presented by practicing Nepali Attorneys in the USA||"Interaction/Q&A Session with Nepalese Lawyers", presented by practicing Nepali Attorneys in the USA||2013|
|Immigration Conference Call||EB1 (Alien with Extraordinary Ability)---Who qualifies? And Immigration Protection for the victims of violence (VAWA and Uvisa)...||2012|