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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2008||11/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Best for Family Based Immigration Matters - Illinois||Acquisition International 2014 Global Mobility and Immigration Awards||2014|
|4th Place||National Mediation Competition||2006|
|Honors-at-entrance||Loyola University Chicago School of Law||2004|
|Community Service Award||Loyola University Chicago School of Law||2004|
|Dean's List||Tufts University||2002|
|Owner||SwagatUSA||2011 - Present|
|Staff Attorney||Immigration Project||2009 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Indian American Bar Association of Chicago||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Executive Council||2012 - 2013|
|Illinois State Bar Association||N/A||2007 - 2012|
|Chicago Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee||N/A||2007 - 2013|
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|ABA GPSolo Magazine||The Five Essential Rainmaking Tips||2012|
|Illinois Bar Journal||Immigration Law: The End of the Widow's Penalty||2011|
|GP Solo Magazine||Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams||2009|
|Loyola University Chicago School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|Information Seminar||Comprehensive Immigration Reform - How to be Prepared||2013|
|Entrepreneurship Workshop - KOJAIN Convention||You have H1-B - No Problem!||2012|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago chapter)||Immigration and Nationality Act 204(l)||2012|
|Indo-American Center, Chicago||Citizenship Application Basics||2011|
|Chicago Bar Association||I-601 Waivers of Unlawful Presence||2011|
|AILA Chicago Chapter Monthly Meeting||Immigration and Nationality Act Section 204(l)||2010|
Posted by Tina
Working with Dhenu Savla was a wonderful experience. She's very knowledgable, attentive, understanding and knows every nook and corner of the often super-complicated immigration process. I had a seemingly simple adjustment of status case that turned ugly and I would not have my green card today without her. From day one, Dhenu held our hand through the entire application process. During the GC interview the immigration officer told us with a smile to expect the GC within a few weeks, so we thought it was done. However, in 2 weeks I was shocked to receive a letter from the immigration office claiming I had misrepresented my case and asking me to submit the 601 form admitting guilt (when I had no reason to do so) and apply for a misrepresentation/fraud wavier. I was literally freaked out. Instead of trying to increase her billed hours by making me go through extra paperwork, this is when Dhenu truly switched into top gear.
She was persistent in maintaining communication with our immigration office. Even though our immigration office was different than her home office of Chicago, through her contacts, we got in touch with the Director at our USCIS office and were able to make our case directly to her. She knew exactly how to word each email and conversation and through experience with various cases, knew how all the scenarios could play out. Most importantly, she knew exactly when to play tough and when to follow procedure. She never treated me like just another case in her practice but realized that literally our livelihood was at risk. Thanks to her efforts our case was cleared and I'm happy to report my green card arrived a week ago!! I am very happy to have worked with Dhenu--if you have an immigration case that's important to you, do yourself a favor and contact Ms. Savla. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous
I was referred to Dhenu Savla by an Uncle who attended an Immigration seminar with her. I was in desperate need of help by this time. I had received a letter requesting more information of why my daughter and I needed my husband here with us. There were mistakes on our paperwork that was filed by a previous Notary who was helping us. When I tried to reach the previous Notary for help she blamed everything on me! I did not care who's fault it was, I just needed help. My husband had left my daughter of three weeks and I to go to Cuidad Juarez so I was left to be the bread winner, leaving me no time to do everything myself. I also had no idea what to do. As soon as I called Dhenu she answered all my questions and assured me everything would be fine. She is very easy to get a hold of and very reliable. No matter how much I called she has always had time to listen to me and help me. She also did not charge me a ridiculous amount to help. There are no words to describe how much she has helped us. Now, only a few months later, my husband has been approved! He will be coming home again! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an Immigration lawyer. She is very patient and always had an answer for me. God Bless her.
Posted by anonymous
I have now worked with Ms. Salva on behalf of multiple H1B Clients and I would highly recommend her.
For our first case together, Ms. Salva took over a petition that was going in the wrong direction and where our previous counsel had made several errors and unfortunately, confused both our office and the officers reviewing our case. We were not sure if this could be turned around - and we needed to do just that - and fast.
Ms. Salva was concise, thorough, informative and very quickly worked through our entire case with us and presented us with a very directed plan. Ms. Salva was able to put herself in the shoes of the officers reviewing our case - and she was able to illustrate to us how best to tell our story - and in the most precise & informative way. She was able to assist us in showing that our H1B employee was the ideal candidate for approval - with a viable and worthwhile petition.
In the past, we had suffered an opposite experience with previous counsel and I am certain that - if it were not for Ms. Salva's hard work, her inclusion of our team every step of the way - and her truly personal investment in the work that she does - we would not have been approved. In addition, Ms. Salva is the type of collaborator that business people need and deserve. She is conscious and respectful of our time, our priorities and how necessary it is to have open and directed communication in cases such as this. She was accessible in every way and returned our emails and calls promptly. It truly felt like ours was a priority she shared.
Since that first case - where Ms. Salva more than rescued us & restored our faith in this entire process - she has counseled me on pending and prospective cases. At all times, she has been upfront, reasonable and fair. Quite simply - she is great at what she does.
It could have taken us years to find the legal teammate we needed but, thankfully - because of reviews on sites such as this - we found Ms. Salva - and our business has benefited across the board because of her. I would highly recommend her services!
Posted by Rajagopal
I hope this review will particularly help scholars who have applied for an OPT or STEM Extension and received an RFE on it and are completely confused as to how to proceed with it. I received an RFE on my STEM extension with USCIS demanding more evidence on my job as a research assistant under my professor. It is a tricky situation as USCIS might reject your application if you do not provide sufficient evidence to justify that you have met all the requirements for a job. Even though one might have been meticulous with following all the rules, it is very important to present everything in the right manner to justify your case.
Dhenu is one of a very few attorneys who exactly know what they are doing and she takes the extra effort to make sure that the case she addresses has a positive outcome. Although I had never violated any rule regarding my OPT, I was a bit worried after reading online about a lot of genuine cases that were rejected. Right from the point Dhenu took my case, she made me feel optimistic. I was amazed by the sources from which she was able to gather evidences for my case. After reading the final RFE response that she put together, I realized that if I had done it myself, I definitely would not have been able to assert my position so strongly. As expected, my RFE was cleared and my extension was approved.
I would sincerely recommend Dhenu for anyone who is in need of an attorney for immigration related cases. Most times an RFE indirectly points out that you need to seek help and finding the right attorney is crucial as it is a one time opportunity to present yourself. Today I am writing this review with a sigh of relief that I made the right choice.
Tawfiq Ali, Business Attorney
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Dhenu is very knowledgeable and experienced in immigration matters and works passionately for her clients. Results speak for themselves. Extremely trustworthy. Superb communicator and leader in the community. Excellent teacher and adviser. People with immigration-related matters are smart to consider Dhenu to help them live better and happier lives with less risk and worry.
Armen Gukasyan, Immigration Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse Attorney Savla based on her contributions to this board and the legal community as a whole. Her detailed and insightful answers to questions asked by AVVO subscribers indicate her extensive knowledge of immigration law and the passion she has for the practice of immigration law.
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