I first came to this country when I was 10 years old from India along with my family. At the time, I was far too young to know or appreciate the significance of the experience that I was facing. I knew only that I wanted to see snow.
Quickly as I moved, I realized that there were so many things that were new and different about the United States. I started asking questions about our own traditions and learning more deeply about myself and my heritage through these questions. Like many young immigrants, I was also bullied by some classmates. These experiences made an impact and made me respect and honor the journey that immigrants face when they decide to move from a place and country that is familiar to a place and country that is entirely new.
I decided to go to law school because to me, learning the law was very empowering. Through the legal system, we get the protections and the rights that are provided to each individual in the United States. However, until we learn it, it seems scary and difficult to comprehend. I wanted to understand the legal system to learn the rules of our country.
After graduating from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, I realized that I needed to help empower other immigrants who are also faced with the enormous challenge and possibilities opened by moving to a new and unfamiliar country.
To this day, it is this passion that drives me each and every day. Watching my clients succeed gives me strength. To this success, I am committed. I am also committed to creating the type of law firm that supports clients in achieving their immigration goals and looks beyond just an “application” or a “case” but in context of the individuals for whom the case is handled. One that makes immigrants feel accepted, honored, and empowered. With this in mind, I decided to name my law firm, SwagatUSA. “Swagat” means “welcome” in Sanskrit.
Passionate about immigration law and assisting immigrants in achieving their goals. I believe that there are no simple immigration cases and every immigration case begins with a STRATEGY. See my video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-ms-1V3C0
Languages spoken: Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati
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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.
Tawfiq Ali Business Attorney
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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.
Armen Gukasyan Immigration Attorney
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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|
|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|