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Kripa Upadhyay

Immigration Attorney at Redmond, WA

4.6   29 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

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Kripa Upadhyay is the Founder and Principal Attorney at Orbit Law, PLLC, a law firm based in the Greater Seattle area that serves clients all across the US and abroad. Over the years, Kripa's practice has encompassed every aspect of Immigration practice.

Kripa currently focuses on Corporate Immigration via her work with international investors, human resources and global mobility professionals to optimize their companies' immigration programs. She guides strategies for recruiting and retaining foreign talent, and provides immigration plans for international mergers and acquisitions. She helps companies address the challenges of US Immigration compliance, and has worked with major corporations to build out compliant Immigration visa programs securing a variety of short term and long term visas/ residency for their global employees. 

She also assists Individuals with their Immigration processes wether through family based (Adjustment of status; fiance visa etc) or merit based petitions (such as National Interest Waiver, EB-1 etc)

A first generation Immigration from Nepal, Kripa herself has been through the Immigration process; therefore, is intimately aware of the stress and exhilaration that the immigration journey entails. Working with my team, also a group of Immigrants to the US, we utlitize our own lived experiences and fluency in multiple languages to provide personalized service to our clients. 

Licensed for 14 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Orbit Law, PLLC
2459 152nd Avenue NE
Redmond, WA, 98052
Orbit Law PLLC (By appointment only)
2226 Eastlake Ave E #71
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Seattle, WA, 98102
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4.6 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by Boon | April 24, 2013
A lawyer that makes you smile
Kripa helped me with my employee's work immigration need. Her dedication and passion in helping her clients is outstanding. I have worked with good lawyers in the past, but Kripa is special. Not only is she knowledgeable as one should, she is responsible, down to earth and GENUINELY cares about your need. With Kripa, there is no surprises (except pleasant ones). I am very happy to have found you, Kripa. Thank you for being a positive force in your industry.
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Posted by James | March 18, 2014
She is an exceptional and skillful lawyer
I was having a hard time finding an immigration lawyer to help me with my political asylum case, all the other lawyers I came across disregarded my case and suggested other options. On the verge of my search for an immigration expert I was able to get a hold of kripa and she took my case. I met kripa and through her sharpness she was able to understand the complexities of my case. kripa prepared my case which took more than a year. It was not easy with such a long waiting period for my case to be heard in court but, kripa was very supportive and worked very hard to finalize the case. She kept me well informed and guided through the whole process. I was very comfortable and ready when my court date finally arrived, It was promising as my case was approved and now when I look back I am grateful and delightful of kripa, she helped me put my life on track and she is definately worthwhile. Thank you Kripa.
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Posted by Tanveer | June 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome experience with Orbit Law
I am very grateful to Kripa and her team for carefully understanding my case during the initial consultation and suggesting the best path forward regarding my H1B petition!
Posted by Safi | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Talented and hard-worker
She is the most talented lawyer, she fought my case with honesty, I mostly recommend Kripa
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nice expereince
Kripa helped us file our immigration petition. She made sure that the process went hassle-free. A thorough professional !
Posted by Jonalyn | April 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fiancée visa and changing status...
Attorney Kripa helped us all the way from filling fiancée visa up to changing status and interview for the green card...She's nice and very helpful.. I would recommend her to anyone.. Thank you so much attorney Kripa Ed&Jona
Posted by Vineetha | April 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
We first consulted Kripa with respect to my RFE for the I-130. She was very professional in her approach, listened patiently to our case and suggested possible solutions. We immediately decided to have her take our case on responding to RFE and further applying for the I-485. Kripa, was very thorough in working on our case. She was easily approachable and was very prompt in responding to our innumerable queries even over the weekends! She expedited my green card interview process and also sent her representative for the interview. On the whole, we have been very satisfied with her service and would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Beata | July 25, 2015
Great experience with Orbit Law
Kripa and Orbit Law were instrumental to my successful application for permanent residence. I was impressed not only with Kripa's extensive knowledge of immigration law, but also with her ability to dive deep into my very specialized professional background in order to help me build a strong case for a national interest waiver. I felt I was in great hands at Orbit Law and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone in need of an immigration attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
Professional, Prompt and Precise
I contacted Kripa for legal advice on H-1B to H-4 COS (Change of Status) and other questions regarding workplace legal issues related to H-1B VISA. I have had bad experiences in the past with immigration attorneys and I was pleasantly surprised by Kripa's professionalism and promptness of response. She was empathetic towards my situation. Her legal advice was very helpful and precise. She is approachable and patient. She went above and beyond to find answers for me, using her contacts with labor attorneys. Giving me the right advice and giving me clarity on the possible routes for my situation was her priority. Unlike other lawyers I have met with in the past, she did not try to solicit me into retaining her services. I would certainly recommend her.
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Posted by Carlos and Theresa | April 24, 2015
Kripa is the best lawyer I´ve had.
We started our process in Mexico and we had to switch our process to be from within the U.S due to family issues. Kripa kept us very informed of the process, she was incredibly knowledgeable as well as everyone on her team. I am very pleased to say that I now have my residency approved for 10 years. When I apply for my citizenship I will definitely work with Kripa and her team again.
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Posted by Yvonne | April 6, 2015
She is the absolute best!!
I consider myself very blessed to have been able to have her as my lawyer. I had another lawyer prepare my case & he messed up. Kripa & her team were exceptionally patient; kind & easy to work with. Several months of agonizing wait later, she went with me for my interview & got me my Green Card. I know others that have worked with her & EVERY single one has sung her praises! She is a wonderful attorney & an even nicer person!
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Posted by Serkan | February 10, 2015
She is the best
Before I met Kripa, I had little hope that I will get my US citizenship. But she made it real. now I'm a US citizen. I will definitely recommend her for any immigration cases. Thank you again
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and helpful
Her willingness to offer as much details, answer all questions and to be of as much help as possible, is really refreshing and encouraging.
Posted by Lili | January 17, 2015
Fourtunate to meet this attorney
I am so fourtunate I met Kripa when my family was in need of sound legal advise and support. We were referred by a family friend who was happy with her service. She responded for our intial email right away and after hour. We met her the next day in her office to consult her with immigration and citizenship matter was thrilled by the way she handled it. She asked as questions without intimidating us amd to our level. After she learned more about the case, she suggest we should meet with another atoerney. She made the call for us and explain the situation to him and made appointment for us to meet him. I am so greatful to meet her and to know her. I recommend her 100 times.
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Posted by Lyndsey | November 10, 2014
Exceptional service.
I am so happy that I chose Kripa to represent me while applying for my Green Card. I experienced a few hiccups along the way (as a result of mix ups from the USCIS end) and It was wonderfully reassuring to have Kripa by my side, chasing the USCIS on my behalf and keeping me informed along the way. I found Kripa to be friendly, approachable, easy to get a hold of and quick to respond to emails / phone calls. Her office staff are extremely courteous and any messages were always passed on without fail. I researched many agencies before I decided to go with Kripa and hers was the only office to provide some information and advice up front without charging me a fee for a consultation. I have my green card now and it is all thanks to Kripa! I really could not have done it with out her! I can assure you that if you choose Kripa to represent you, you will be supported all the way!
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Posted by Tushar | May 10, 2014
Strong endorsement as immigration attorney from a satisfied client of Kripa
Kripa is an excellent immigration lawyer. She helped me by uniting my fiancee and her daughter from India into the US. She was very knowledgeable, responsive, and caring. I will highly recommend her as an immigration attorney.
Posted by Vik | March 25, 2014
She's an Expert!
I have been working with Kripa for the last three years now. In that time, she has filed several H-1B, TN and L-1 visa applications for my employees. She has also been very helpful with employees looking to bring in spouses and parents for visits into the U.S. In three years of working with her, we have found her to be extremely knowledgeable on the law and the best options for our needs. She has always been easy to connect with; extremely approachable and super diligent in her work product. We have had zero cause for complaint and could not be happier with her services. If you are looking for a great attorney that you can build a long term working relationship with - look no further. She is a true expert!
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Posted by Phil | January 28, 2014
Compassionate and Excellent lawyer
I went to Kripa when my life seemed like it was in ruins. I was married to my US Citizen wife and had applied for my Citizenship when family life took a turn and she made some pretty horrific charges against me --all of which were baseless, but were severe enough to get me locked up for some serious time, not to mention thrown out of the U.S. I met Kripa at her office - she listened to me for over an hour. She gave me a rough game plan of what needed to happen and various scenarios that could result. She said she would call me back with names of some Criminal Defense attorneys I could contact. Within 48 hours of meeting her, I had names of four attorneys - she had asked that I call and see who I felt most comfortable with so I called two of the people on the list. To my complete shock, she had already taken the time to call them and told them that if I called them, they were to help me as best they could. I NEVER saw a bill from her for any of the above services she rendered! During the criminal phase, she was in near constant communication with me with and my attorney. The two of them worked together to get evidence and statements and eventually the charges were dropped! She prepared me for my Citizenship interview - told me that it was going to be tough--which it was. She was there at the interview with me and literally walked me through the entire process from start to finish. Kripa is a support system --she is an excellent and extremely caring attorney and goes far far out of her way to help her clients in any way she can --and she does it all with a smile and her classic constant reply of "i'm happy to help" when she could easily be like every other lawyer I have known of or worked with who would refer me out and that was that! I can't thank her enough for all the help and mental and emotional support she has given me through what was the absolute lowest point of my life. Thank you!
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Posted by Robert | December 13, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
I and my brother both hired Ms. Upadhyay to help us with family based petitions --me for my wife and my brother for his fiance to join us in the U.S. She worked with us threw the process. I had read about the whole process and was quite confused but she was patient and answered all my questions. She is a very caring attorney who really cares about getting it right and doing right by her clients. She was excellent with both of our cases and I would not think of any other Immigration lawyer other than her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2013
Kripa is a compassionate and learned attorney.
We went to Kripa with a messed up immigration case. She took the time to listen to us and recommended the best possible solution. She was prompt in her response and very approachable. I would highly recommend Kripa.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Orbit Law, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner/ Principal attorney
  • Orbit Law, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Carney & Marchi, P.S
  • 2008 - 2011

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2007

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair of Programs
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee
  • 2013 - 2014
  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Committee on Diversity of the Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Citizenship day committee
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Nepali
  • Spanish
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Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Most Trusted Immigration Law Firm - Washington
  • Acquisition International- Global Mobility & Immigration Awards 2014
  • 2014
  • Community Service Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Immigration Law CLE
  • Tips and Strategies for a successful Investor Visa
  • 2016
  • AILA Regional Conference
  • J-1 Visa: All You Need to Know About Waivers
  • 2015
  • NW AILA Chapters Regional Conference
  • H-1B Techniques and Updates
  • 2014
  • Immigration Law Fundamentals for Attorneys
  • Basics of Family Based Immigration
  • 2014
  • Northwest AILA Chapter Conference
  • Preparing a Successful PERM/Labor certification Application
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Immigration Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not merely an extraordinary immigration attorney, but a pillar of the immigration bar."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kripa is an excellent attorney who has helped me on several immigration matters that have come up in my cases. She consistently proves her vast knowledge of immigration law and is a pleasure to work with. I highly endorse this attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kripa's expertise in immigration is unparalleled. She understands her client's needs in a way that few immigration attorneys can. With her dedication to customer service and her comprehensive approach to her legal work, it's no wonder Kripa's clients speak so highly of her. I highly endorse Kripa without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kripa is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the area of immigration law in Seattle. She can explain a very complex topic for the client, she advocates her client's interests as her own and she truly cares fr the people she represents. I highly recommend her for family related, asylum and business immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kripa is a wealth of knowledge and an excellent recourse to not only other lawyers but to clients as well. I truly admire her and the efforts she puts into educating the community about their rights when it comes to immigration. She has taught me so much and I suspect others feel the same way. I've referred several clients to her and have received raving reviews from all of them. I highly recommend Kripa and the outstanding work she does."
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