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Dhiraj Suvarna, Esq

Practice Leader

Mr. Suvarna leads the firm's talent based immigration practice for scientists, executives, artists, and creative professionals. His expertise is spread across various nonimmigrant and immigrant visa classifications, specifically in employment based petitions. Apart from working with small to medium size companies, Dhiraj also works with fortune 500 and 100 companies. Dhiraj has developed a niche in convincing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the extra-ordinary ability, national interest, outstanding contributor and outstanding research of certain exceptional foreign nationals, in EB-1A, EB-1B, EB-2 NIW, and O-1.

Dhiraj has over 14 years of experience exclusively practicing U.S. Immigration Law. Prior to joining aiLegal Law, Dhiraj worked in a busy immigration law firm in Texas as a Partner. Dhiraj has intensive hands on experience in immigration practice, including but not limited to the followings:

Business Non-Immigrant Experience:

H Visas:

▪ H-1B – Including cap cases, porting, change of status & AC21 extensions

▪ H-3 Trainee visas

▪ H1B1 classifications

FDNS & DOL Audits:

▪ Successfully defended Dept. Of Labor Wage & Hour Division audit of a Fortune 500 company

▪ Experience with routine Dept. Of Homeland Security FDNS site visits

L Visas:

▪ L1A Multinational Manager/Executive

▪ L1B Specialized Knowledge

▪ Blankets

▪ New office and corresponding extensions including intermittent extensions

O Visas: Extraordinary Ability: Management, sciences as well as artists

P Visas: Entertainers, Athletes as well as coaches.

TN Visas: Mexicans & Canadians – Border crossing, consular and CIS petitions

Other Non-Immigrant Visas:

▪ B1/B2 visas - Including B1 visas for special needs adult dependents

▪ E1/E2 treaty investors and traders’ classifications

▪ E3 for Australian Citizens

▪ F1 student visas - including reinstatement to student status

▪ J1 visas – including waiver of 2-year Home Country Residency Requirement

▪ R1 Visas – Religious visa

▪ B1 OCS & C1D visas including obtaining Coast Guard Letter of Determination

▪ B1 in lieu of H1B

212(d)(3) Waivers:

Successfully prepared and obtained 212(d)(3) non-immigrant visa waivers for individuals with various criminal and civil records including findings of fraud.

U.S. Coast Guard:

▪ Consulted with the USCG to secure Rig Exception letters for foreign flagged vessels

▪ Consulted with the USCG to secure Letter of Exemption for US flagged Vessels

▪ Consulted with the USCG to secure Letter of Determination for Rig workers

▪ Consulted with the TSA to arrange TWIC for Rig workers through special registration centers

Business Immigrant Classification:


▪ Doctors, engineers, oil & gas executives, IT specialists, independent scientific researchers, athletes and artists under the EB1A category

▪ Outstanding Professors including a Chiropractic professor, Researchers and Post- Doctoral Fellows under the EB-1B category

▪ Manager/Executive with complex business models under the EB-1C category


▪ Labor Certifications for different professions including Schedule A’s

▪ National Interest Waiver’s O&G Professionals, Doctors and IT specialists


▪ Labor Certifications in the skilled worker categories ranging from a domestic worker to scientific researchers.


▪ I-360 for Religious Ministers and Teachers

290B Appeals:

▪ Filed successful I-290B Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) on several of the above-mentioned Immigrant and Non-Immigrant categories

Family Based Immigration:

▪ I-130 & I-485 – U.S. Citizen Spouse, Child, Sibling and Parent including 245i cases

▪ DS230 – Consular Processing of Immigrant Visas

▪ I-130 & I-485 – Permanent Residents’ spouse and other qualifying dependents.

▪ Attended Adjustment of Status interviews with clients at various USCIS offices

▪ K1, K2 & K3 – Visas

▪ Waiver applications filed with various DOS/USCIS Field Office across the world.

▪ Successfully appealed waiver and other denials with the AAO

Deportation Defense:

▪ Represented clients in removal proceedings at the Immigration Court in Houston

▪ Cancellation of Removal cases

▪ Marriage while client is in proceedings

▪ Voluntary departure

▪ Successfully obtained Permanent Residency for clients in removal proceedings

▪ Successfully tailored/negotiated a suit withdrawal by DHS Trial Attorney


▪ N-400 Successfully Naturalized PRs with complicated breaks in physical presence as well as DUI and drug convictions

▪ N-600 Successfully secured derivative claims to citizenship to illegitimate children of a USC father

▪ Aided in obtaining US passports as a citizen at birth when N- 600’s was not a cost-effective choice

▪ N-336 – successfully appealed N-400 denials on issues relating to GMC & voting

Being an immigrant himself from India, Dhiraj enjoys helping our clients navigate through the complex immigration process to achieve their own American dreams. Dhiraj is also active in the community, including coaching kids in soccer, baseball, and cricket. Along with riding his motorcycle as often as possible, Dhiraj loves to float down the Guadalupe river and snow board once a year as recreation.


  • Immigration

Attorney Admission

  • Texas

  • New York

  • India


  • University of Houston Law Center, LL.M

  • SDM College, Mangalore University, Karnataka, India, LL.B

Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Dhiraj Suvarna, Esq




  • Atlanta


  • Hindi

  • Tamil

  • Kannada

  • Tulu

  • English

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