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Pratibha Kanive Agarwal

Immigration Attorney at Arlington, VA

5.0   25 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 14 years
    Maryland - MD 15 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Pratibha Agarwal is the principal shareholder at Agarwal Law Group and advises institutional and individual clients in all areas of business and family-based immigration.

 

Pratibha’s business immigration practice includes visas and corporate immigration services for employers, nonimmigrant visas for professionals, I-9 compliance, visas for athletes and persons of extraordinary ability, and EB-5 and other visa options for investors and entrepreneurs.

 

Pratibha also assists individuals and families obtain permanent residency through family-based petitions, asylum adjustments, special immigrant juvenile petitions, and others. In addition, Pratibha handles U visas for victims of crimes and Violence Against Women Act self-petitioners. She also assists individuals in the naturalization process.

 

Prior to founding the Agarwal Law Group, Pratibha was an attorney with the law firm of Jones Day in Washington, DC. She represented Fortune 500 companies in government investigations initiated by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.

 

Pratibha is dedicated to giving back to her community and maintains an active pro bono practice. Pratibha is currently a volunteer at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services and represents individuals fleeing gang violence in affirmative and defensive asylum proceedings.

 

Pratibha was recognized by her peers and selected as a Rising Star by the Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014 and 2015.

 

In December 2011, Pratibha served as the guest speaker for the first naturalization ceremony presided by the Honorable Judge Robert Wilkins of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

 

Location

Agarwal Law Group
4601 Fairfax Dr Ste 1200
Arlington, VA, 22203-1559

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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely professional and helpful
Pratibha was extremely professional, and answered all my questions with patience and brevity. I left the meeting with much needed clarity and available courses of action. I was impressed with her knowledge on immigration law and will recommend this firm to my friends should they need advice.
Posted by Grant | November 1, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional service & knowledge
Pratibha helped me when I was denied transit back home with my children to the USA because of an expired Green Card. She provided me with the relevant information I needed to ensure that we all got home legally and without further delay. Her service, knowledge, understanding of my situation was second to none. It was also a very affordable consultation - very impressed! Thank you so much again for your help, Pratibha.
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Posted by Mijgan | July 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thanks for the excellent service
Agarwal Law Group is the best firm , Pratibha Agarwal is the best attorney to work with she listen to her Clients Situation before making any Decision she is very Professional, kind ,knowledgeable, they Always keeping you up to date on progress of your case the workers are very patient and Professional Understanding could not have asked for better Lawyer Pratibha Agarwal is one of the Outstanding Lawyer I ever seen ,100% Recommend This firm to anyone handle all their immigration issues, I wish there were 100 stars I would Definitely choose all
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire the best
What other people said is totally true. Mrs. Pratibah is the best in her field and you will not regret hiring her. I was charged with one felony theft and two petty theft and hired her company to represent me while applying for my OPT. I was very afraid, but she told me what I should do exactly. Hire a criminal lawyer and get the best outcome in order to not get a refusal from USCIS. She really took time to explain to me each scenarios and what would be best for me. I followed her advices with my criminal lawyer and guess what? I got my EAD card a week ago. I highly recommend her. She is always quickly responsive by emails or phone calls. She’s a compassionate, committed and hard-working lawyer. Thank you again for your support Mrs. Pratibah. You’re one of a kind!
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Posted by Nishtha Jain | August 6, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Consultation on employment based visa : H1 and GC matters
Pratibha is excellent and very knowledgeable attorney. I consulted her on matters on H1 and GC and she provided me great advice on how to proceed. I recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I sought legal services from the Agarwal Law Group for a family reunification case that had dragged for 15 years. I found Pratibha Agarwal to be an extremely professional and knowledgeable immigration attorney. From the beginning, she was very clear about what the process entailed and let me know what to expect, including the firm’s billing process and fees, which were reasonable and had no hidden costs! As soon as Ms. Agarwal took on my case, she opened a line of communication with the embassy overseas and was able to have my file transferred to the location where my child resided. She followed with USCIS and the embassy continuously until the case was processed. Amazingly, this whole process only took a few months! I am very happy to say my child will be joining me in a few weeks – after 15 years of waiting!! I am extremely grateful to Ms. Agarwal and very satisfied with her handling of my case. She kept me informed throughout the whole process and responded to all my calls and emails promptly. She even conducted a virtual interview with my child in preparation for the interview with the embassy. She went above and beyond to reunite me with my child and I strongly recommend the Agarwal Group to anyone who has a difficult or longstanding immigration case. You will be in exceedingly good hands!
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Posted by Sahban Rifai | July 12, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Personal appointment
We spent about an hour with Ms. Agarwal. Enquiring certain issues related to citizenship. She was so kind to answer all the questions professionally. Ms. Awarwal very pleasant person to talk to. I would recommend her for any immigration related issues
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt and helpful consultation
I called Ms. Agarwal with a question concerning H1B visa applications. I appreciated that she took the time to return my call and discuss my issue. Although I was not her client, Ms. Agarwal was helpful and informative and did her best to help me in my search for legal representation. It is clear that she is extremely knowledgeable about her area of practice and is thoughtful about the assistance she is able to provide based on her expertise and the fact pattern of a particular case. I was also impressed with her honesty, integrity, and candor, which is significant given the limited time we communicated. I would certainly recommend Ms. Agarwal to anyone who needs legal advice on their H1B application.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Immigration options
Pratibha was very helpful in determining ways I can legally stay and was liberal with her time as did not put a time limit on our consultation
Posted by Botho | April 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Visa consulting
Provided a great amount of insight and additional information in regards to A visas. Very helpful and friendly firm.
Posted by Rick | February 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Counsel
Pratibha is a very smart and comforting lawyer. Immigration is a very tricky and nerve-racking subject, and Pratibha broke it all down for us and showed us the way. She was articulate, friendly and a pleasure. And fantastic value for the money. Great counsel !
Posted by Abhishek | January 29, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Skilled and Helpful
Ms Pratibha Agarwal is an exceptionally well attorney. I had many questions. She advised and answered all my questions patiently. She is knowledgeable in immigration matters. I strongly recommend Pratibha for all your immigration related queries and finding out the next course of action.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Immigration
Ms. Pratibha was exceptional in providing all the information that I needed in regards to my current US visa status. I would definitely recommend her for any Immigration related consultations in the Washington, DC metro area.
Posted by T. Shams | September 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
I had consultation over the phone and Pratibha gave me a very large, clear picture which we all need to see but difficult to grasp by own. If you feel you don’t know what to start, talking to her will definitely make a first large step forward.
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt, friendly
Ms. Pratibha was easy to approach and discuss the questions we had regarding a specific situation with an Immigration / GC / adjustment of status application and country of charge-ability. She provided the answer we're looking for over phone as she felt the question we had was simple enough and didn't warrant further research. She also offered guidance on what our possible next steps could be and how we could engage with her and her firm for that. Given how easy she was to work with, we'd happily refer her for questions related to Immigration.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
H-1B
I would have no hesitation recommending Pratibha if you’re looking for a good immigration lawyer. I found myself facing quite a complex visa dilemma and her guidance and advice helped to put me at ease and ultimately turned out to be spot on!
Posted by Cecilia | June 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
immigration
Easily accessible and available to help with follow up and prompt response. Highly recommend!
Posted by Daniel | June 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Surrogate Mom - Visitor Visa
Earlier this year I consulted with multiple lawyers regarding assistance bringing a surrogate mother of my children to the US. Mrs. Agarwal proposed the best overall strategy including both immigrant and non-immigrant applications. The situation was complex and include a challenging communication chain across multiple time zones. Pratibha consulted my wife and I, my wife translated to Mongolian to our surrogate who then engaged a visa specialist in Mongolia to assist in translating back to English for submission to US embassy. This lengthy translation cycle posed many challenges including miscommunication and alternative strategies that delayed and complicated the process. Pratibha adjusted her strategy to mitigate these risks and supported many early morning and late evening calls essential to accommodate the 12 hour time difference. After an initial rejection of our application Pratibha supported and arranged a second expedited interview within three days including another practice interview additional adjustments to our submission and resulted in a visa being granted just in time for the surrogate to fly to the US before reaching her 28th week when airlines would no longer allow flight. We appreciate everything Pratibha did above and beyond her professional reposnsibilities to help us overcome this challenge and ensure our surrogate and future children could receive the best medical attention the US had to offer.
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Posted by Santiago | May 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
I hired Pratibha Kanive Agarwals to take an immigration case that was successfully resolved thanks to her technical assistance. She is very supportive and together we analyze all the available options for my case. I feel very satisfied with the service and attention I received. Highly recommended!
Posted by Cynthia | May 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Guidance
Ms. Agarwal was extremely knowledgeable and professional. She presented alternatives and suggested viable options.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Agarwal Law Group
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • Jones Day
  • 2008 - 2015

Education

  • Georgetown University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • Just Neighbors
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • District of Columbia Law Practice Management Community
  • Vice Chair-Leadership and Professional Development
  • 2018 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Co-Chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Kannada

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

  • BNA Publications
  • Employment Discrimination Law, Associate Editor
  • 2010
  • BNA publications
  • Employment Discrimination Law, Associate Editor
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • University of the District of Columbia Law School Panel on Starting a Small Firm
  • Starting a Small Law Firm
  • 2017
  • Naturalization Ceremony
  • Guest Speaker
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
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Immigration Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Agarwal is a skilled legal practitioner. She combines zealous advocacy with a deep knowledge of the law. I would not hesitate to endorse and recommend Ms. Agarwal."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Agarwal is an excellent immigration attorney whose tenacious attitude makes her one of the best in her field. If you are looking for a dedicated and bright immigration attorney, look no further."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Pratibha is an excellent immigration attorney and colleague. Before starting her immigration practice she was an associate attorney at one of the top law firms in the U.S. Pratibha brings to her immigration practice years of experience litigating complex matters. She serves her clients with an uncommon level of care and sophistication. I recommend her for any all immigration matters, including green cards and citizenship, employment-based visas, and deportation defense."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I warmly endorse Pratibha Agarwal. We first met when we were both fighting the good fight at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, so I know that she has a real heart for immigrants. She works hard and is extremely careful. You'll be in good hands with her."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm pleased to endorse Pratibha. She is a top-notch immigration lawyer and a zealous advocate for her clients. A highly recommended attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Arlington Immigration Lawyer Pratibha Kanive Agarwal
Pratibha Kanive Agarwal
Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA
Licensed for 15 years