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Sunita Boddu

Immigration Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
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About Sunita

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Employment, family, entrepreneural immigration. Strong emphasis on personal contact with clients, accountability and thorough review of case.

    23 years, 200 cases

Sunita Boddu is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, Law School. She is admitted to the California State Bar.

Sunita has experience in both the public and private sectors. She was an extern for United States District Judge Garland Burrell of the Eastern District of California in Sacramento. She also worked as a research attorney with the Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana. Her private practice experience includes working at Rutan & Tucker, Orange County's largest law firm.

Sunita attended UC Davis Law School because of its diversity. "I choose (University of California) Davis because the law school is named after Martin Luther King Jr.," she said. "At King Hall there is a deep commitment to social issues such as equality and fairness."

Before attending law school, Sunita was a daily newspaper reporter. She wrote for The Riverside Press-Enterprise and The Home News, East Brunswick, New Jersey. Sunita received a B.A. Journalism from San Diego State University graduating summa cum laude and as the top news-editorial graduate in her class.

Sunita opened her law office in Irvine because of the city's reputation as the Silicon Valley of the Southland and its easy accessibility to the growing population of immigrant families. Within the community, she has served as chair of the Immigration Section of the Orange County Bar Association. While her representation of family law clients is limited to California residents, her representation of immigration clients is open to residents of all states in the U.S. and the world. Immigration is governed by federal law.

Sunita's expertise is providing high quality, efficient and affordable immigration and family law representation to clients. Clients will get big firm results with small firm attention to detail. As a lawyer that has worked with large firms, Sunita is comfortable talking to the government or opposing counsel to protect her clients' interests. On the other hand, her boutique practice ensures that her clients will get individualized attention.

Sunita is a naturalized citizen who immigrated to the United States more than 35 years ago through her father, who studied in Montana State University, Bozeman, as one of the first group of Indian engineers to undertake a master's degree there. Her most recent personal experiences with immigration are through her husband, who is now a naturalized citizen. Her experience with that process put her in the shoes of hundreds of thousands of others with similar immigration experiences. "It is not an easy journey, nor one to be taken lightly," she said.

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Sunita Boddu
15615 Alton Parkway, Suite 450
Irvine, CA, 92618-3308


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Posted by Juste | January 19, 2021
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The Best
Sunita has helped me to navigate the process of becoming a permanent resident first and a citizen later. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, caring and honest. I always felt she had my best interests at heart and wasn't focused on $. Sunita has made this difficult and confusing 'immigration journey' very easy and was always there to answer all the questions, give an advice or just calm my nerves. I could not be more grateful for all the work she has done for me and would not hesitate a second to hire her again, if ever needed.
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Posted by David | November 8, 2020
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I’ve never been so glad that I called a lawyer
My wife and I have working with Sunita for over fours at the time I’m writing this on November 2020. We had heard claims that many people were able to navigate this seemingly simple process in the past all by themselves. We decided to play it safe and consult an expert in October 2016 because we didn’t want to risk making a mistake. We had no idea how many different paths to residency and citizenship existed and we certainly had no idea how much the legal landscape was about to change. Sunita has helped my wife gain legal permanent residency and is currently helping us through the process of naturalization and we and beyond relieved to have her continued guidance and emotional support. This is a long and stressful process and we’ve had to make compromises (like missing funerals for family members in her home country) in order to stay the course. Make no mistake, there are figurative land mines all over this path and Sunita helped steer clear of them all. My life, my wife’s life and our marriage are where they are today in part because of our decision to ask Sunita for representation. She returned emails quickly, explained the process many times, was on time, met commitments, gave clear instructions on assignments, provided feedback and made sure we didn’t step on any land mines along the way. We’re forever grateful.
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Posted by Noman | August 31, 2016
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Got the Job Done!
When I met Sunita my immigration situation was little complicated. I wasn't entirely hopeful. She took the time to explain everything to me, which gave me hope. It wasn't an easy process, but she guided me through it. She was extremely thorough and careful. Slowly....we went through the steps needed and I ended getting my Permanent residency. 3 years later I still used her services for my citizenship, even though I had moved away from S. California. I highly recommend her, as she is cautious, thorough and knows her stuff!
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Posted by R.K. | February 11, 2016
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Best Attorney!!
Sunita Boddu is a professional, caring attorney. She was easy to reach and always took personal interest in our case. She responded to my calls by email or phone each time. She has been our immigration attorney on several cases for close to 10 years and has helped various members of my family to become US permanent residents. I would hire her again without hesitation and I always tell family and friends about her. Thank you, Sunita!
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Posted by Dave | November 8, 2015
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My life changed in the year of 2014. This is when someone I was close too became so much more. We were in love but separated by the process of immigration. Sunita was one of several lawyers we consulted. The difference between Sunita and the rest was how she listened, explained things in simple terms, and most important gave us the confidence to complete this process. Her preparedness and attention to detail made us very comfortable in achieving our goal of spending life together as husband and wife. Thank you Sunita for making our dream a reality!
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Posted by Akshay | October 21, 2015
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Excellent and thoroughly professional services!!
I have been working with Sunita on my i-485/i-130 application for adjustment of status application through marriage over the last 7 months. She is thoroughly professional, knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. She provided timely responses to all our questions and was very helpful during the entire process. She gave us thorough understanding of the documentation required and the expectations from the USCIS. I highly recommend her services and would definitely go back to her in the future for the US Naturalization process. Thanks a lot Sunita!!
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Posted by Ludmila | March 5, 2015
5 stars
In order to help my Ukrainian nephew to obtain a working visa I contacted several law offices in Irvine. The only attorney who talked to me on a professional and friendly level was Sunita Boddu. She immediately understood the issues, gave me great advice and put me on the right track. I hired her on the spot. It was great to work with such a caring, knowledgeable and meticulous lawyer. She had nailed the case. We continued our working relationship with Sunita and now my nephew has a green card, a great career and he and his family are on the road to becoming new citizens.
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Posted by Sasha | March 4, 2015
Thanks a lot for your help!
Sunita handled our H1B, H1B renewal and employment-based immigration. We came from Ukraine and our case had “red flags” that could create problems. From the beginning she let us know that case was not easy and what to expect, all pros and cons. But she handled it professionally with deep knowledge of immigration procedures and we got through even despite additional audit. We had a wide range of immigration lawyers to pick from in the area, but all of them wanted to charge fees “just to talk” about the case. Sunita answered all questions for free during initial meetings and got the case. Thanks a lot for your help!
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Posted by Connie Masciorini | February 6, 2015
My son was getting married to a women from France and we had no idea what legal steps they needed to take. Sunita made the process very easy, she clearly explained each step, made a timeline so they were sure to have everything completed and in order for their wedding day. She was always available for any questions or concerns. Everything went through without any problems, we were thankful to have her guidance!
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Posted by Todd | February 4, 2015
Help with immigration from France to US
I contacted Sunita Boddu for help and advise in getting my French Citizen son to legally live and work here in the US. Due to the nature of parental / son relationship and discovery, our situation was somewhat unique. Sunita was timely in meeting with us, quick to get back with specific findings and clear in communicating our options. I found her to be very fair and honest and felt she was truly looking out for our best interest in meeting our goals. We will most certainly continue to use Sunita's services as we go down the immigration path.
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Posted by Salman | January 23, 2015
Expert immigration lawyer
After being on an H1B visa for a couple of years, I was exploring my options to US legal permanent residency. That's when I consulted Sunita for her expert advice thru her website's "Contact Us" section. She was very prompt in her email responses to my myriad of questions, pointing out the many intricacies of the process. Soon after, we met in person at her office to go over all the various documents and forms required from my end. She provided me with a very streamlined and clean list of documents and questions I needed to provide answers for. Sunita was very upfront about her reasonable fees compared to the industry standard. Once I provided her with my documents and answers, she was meticulous in putting together the forms and documents to file for my US legal permanent residency. All that was left for me to do was to sign the forms! She made it that easy! During the period waiting for my green card, Sunita was very diligent in following up with USCIS on my behalf whenever needed. I was worry-free knowing that my case was being handled by an expert lawyer with years of experience in the field of immigration law. I achieved US legal permanent residency without any hiccups and also used her services for my US citizenship afterwards. I would strongly recommend Sunita to anyone out there exploring options to US residency and/or citizenship. If you are looking for an expert immigration lawyer who is friendly, knowledgeable and detail-oriented, look no further than Sunita. She can provide you expert guidance thru your immigration journey at a very reasonable cost.
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Posted by Brooke | January 22, 2015
Wonderful Lawyer
When dealing with legal matters that are tiresome and stressful you want to be able to count on a lawyer who will make the process easier. Sunita was just that type of lawyer for my husband and I. She made the whole process a breeze. Sunita was flexible with our work schedules for meetings and was always willing to go out of her way to help us. Overall, Sunita is not only a great lawyer who is extremely precise but she is also very personable and kind.
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Posted by Andrew | January 21, 2015
Thank you Sunita!
My wife and I were getting married. She grew up in Canada, and would have to move to the United States. Friends had told us that the immigration process, applying for permanent residency, starting the process for citizenship, could be complicated. We went to the government web site, looked through all the documents, and were still confused with many questions. A colleague recommended Sunita and we enlisted her help to navigate the daunting maze of legalese and document preparation. It was the best decision we made. Sunita explained the process in simplified terms, gave us a list of things to do and pitfalls to avoid, and guided us through the whole process, which went very smoothly. She made it much less stressful, took away the burden of the application and paperwork, and gave us valuable tips. She was patient with our many questions, answered emails promptly even late at night, and made us feel confident about the application and interview. My wife now has a green card. When it comes time for the citizenship paperwork, we'll be calling Sunita again!
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Posted by Manu | January 16, 2015
Hard working, Knowledgable and Dependable!!
Sunita is a great immigrations attorney. Very hard working and extremely knowledgable. She is very proficient at her work. She responds promptly and addresses everything professionally. I would definetly recommend her services.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Sunita Boddu
  • 2002 - Present
  • Summer Associate
  • Rutan & Tucker
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Extern
  • Eastern District Of California Federal Panel
  • 1997 - 1997


  • University of California - Davis Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • San Diego State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991


  • Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2018 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • Hindi
  • Telugu
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Health/Science/Environment Reporting, Non Daily Newspapers
  • Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Professional Chapter
  • 1992
  • Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in the Major
  • San Diego State University
  • 1991


  • Half Moon LLC
  • U.S. Immigration Law Practice for Paralegals
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
Endorse Sunita
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sunita is most knowledgeable in her field and is100% reliable. She is trustworthy and dedicates her full attention to each and every one of her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Sunita on the Orange County Bar Association's Immigration Law Section board. From my time working with and knowing Sunita in a professional capacity, it is clear to me that she is a highly professional and knowledgeable attorney. I would be honored to work with her again in the future."
Immigration Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the great pleasure of consulting with Ms. Boddu on a few immigration matters. Our discussions revealed her vast knowledge in the field of immigration and her generosity with helping fellow attorneys. I am happy to endorse this attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sunita is great with handling employment immigration issues for small employers who face tough criticism and review from CIS for their employees' cases. She is knowledgeable, friendly, honest, and a great person."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred several friends to Ms. Boddu. They have been extremely favorable in their comments about her work. I have also worked with Ms. Boddu. I trust her and am confident that she is an exceptional attorney. I endorse her as an immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because I referred a client from Michigan to her and she did her job diligently. The mutual client was very happy."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Boddu is an excellent immigration lawyer. I have worked personally with her on cases. She is very thorough and obtains favorable results."
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Irvine Immigration Lawyer Sunita Boddu
Sunita Boddu
Immigration Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 23 years