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Sonali Patnaik – Managing Attorney

Attorney Sonali Mehta Patnaik has practiced Immigration and Nationality Law in Dallas since 2004. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. After gaining experience at reputable Dallas Immigration firms, Sonali launched Patnaik Law Office in 2006 to provide clients with the direct and personable legal service only available through a small firm. For the past 11 years, she has secured positive outcomes for her clients, from complicated investment and employment based petitions before USCIS, AAO and U.S. Embassies abroad, to Adjustment,  Asylum, VAWA and Cancellation of Removal cases before USCIS, Immigration Court, and The Board of Immigration Appeals.

Sonali is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree in Plan II from UT as well.  She currently serves as the Dallas Section Co-Chair of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) (, on the Ex Comm of the DFW South Asian Bar Association, and is a member of the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. She is a frequent presenter on Immigration topics in CLE’s and before attorney and community groups.  She has also given her time to Dallas non-profits who aid immigrant communities, such Mosaic Family Services, Chetna DFW and Catholic Charities Immigration Counseling Service.

Sonali was born to immigrant parents in Miami, Florida, and is a first generation Indian American. With roots in India, England, and Kenya, her upbringing has given her a unique understanding of the goals and struggles of the immigrant family. She speaks Gujarati and Spanish, and can be reached at


Green Cards

January 28, 2016 It has been a very pleasant experience with Patnaik Law Office right the beginning of the process until we finally got the Green Cards. Followup and Communication at every phase was incredible. – V. Tatipamula

Trust, Empathy and Understanding

May 1, 2016 The trust, understanding, empathy and kindness showed towards me gave me the courage to stay positive. My attorney and staff are so confident and knowledgeable in what they do. I couldn't wish for a better team. I struggled with other attorneys in the past until I came to Patnaik Law office. I have referred others to this exceptional team and I will continue to do so. As complicated as my case was, Sonali took me through the immigration process with hope and my life has changed forever. I'm so grateful and will forever be grateful. Thanks a million!!!!! – S. Esanyo

AC21 RFE Response

October 3, 2016 It's been a 12 long years of waiting and it came to an end finally and Sonali did help me tremendously through this painful process. Especially, when I got an RFE for my employment verification letter. She worked with me and compared my old job description with the new one I got from recent employer. I really appreciated that part because I had not filed AC21 when I changed my employer and did file AC21 along with the RFE to USCIS. – C. Barik

Proceso Consular con Perdon

September 21, 2014 Una firma cien por ciento profesional, honesta, organizada, con un excelente equipo de trabajo y pleno conocimiento de leyes de migracion. Me recomendaron esta firma y no me equivoque al depositar mi confianza en mi caso migratorio, todo salio favorable y sin ningun contratiempo, hablan espanol asi que nunca hubo una pregunta sin respuesta. – V. Enriquez