Akshat Divatia, Attorney
Akshat excels in providing diligent advocacy and simplified immigration solutions to budding entrepreneurs, established companies, and growing families.
Akshat represents clients in a variety of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, including visas for trainees, interns, investors, specialty occupation temporary workers, intracompany transferees, athletes and entertainment groups, and religious workers, as well as immigrant petitions for companies and self-petitioners. He also helps permanent residents preserve their status and become naturalized citizens. An equally satisfying aspect of Akshat’s practice is reuniting families by obtaining visas for spouses, parents, fiancés, and visitors.
Akshat emigrated from India and is a naturalized United States citizen. He has lived on four continents and speaks five languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish, and Catalan. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Bellevue, a former board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, and a pro bono attorney for the Eastside Legal Assistance Program.
In the spare time he finds between his practice and family, Akshat focuses on improving his photography skills and appreciating the culture, tactics, and business of soccer/fútbol.
More About Akshat
Regular contributor to The HB Blog.
Stepping into Success: Navigating the US Market with Confidence, Harris Sliwoski, June 29, 2023.
The U.S. Legal Landscape for Foreign Investors, Harris Sliwoski webinar, January 27, 2022.
Doing Business in the U.S. Market, Chamber of Commerce of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, November 4, 2021.
Cannabis and Immigration: Marijuana Activity a Conditional Bar to Obtaining U.S. Citizenship, Canna Law Blog, May 1, 2019.
H-1B Employers: Know and Follow the Visa Rules, HB Blog, January 2, 2021.
H-1B Visas for Specialty Occupations, HB Blog, April 9, 2018.
Biden-Harris Offers a Chance for an Immigration Reset, Part 2, HB Blog, December 4, 2020.
The New Era of Doing Business in the US, Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Madrid, Spain, November 7, 2019.
The New Era of Doing Business in the US,”Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Barcelona, Spain, November 6, 2019.
Ambassadorial Scholar, Rotary Foundation
Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Intern
AVVO Clients’ Choice Award
Provided advice and counsel to an engineering multinational in establishing, enhancing, and staffing its coast-to-coast U.S. operations.
Counseled a global shipping and logistics company in its sponsorship of a foreign-born, U.S.-educated specialty occupation employee.
Coordinated a software company’s good faith test of the labor market in its sponsorship of a highly-skilled worker for labor certification and lawful permanent residence.
Orchestrated the transfer of an accomplished executive from a European parent company to grow its U.S. subsidiary.
Helped a Canadian entrepreneur obtain treaty investor status on the basis of investment in the U.S.
Collaborated with a foreign law firm in establishing best practices for transferring staff between parent and subsidiaries and among affiliates.
Guided a senior software engineer on the ramifications of a potential move from one technology giant to another while in the midst of immigration sponsorship.
Enabled a U.S. citizen in sponsorship of foreign-born spouse and parents for lawful permanent residence in the U.S.
Advised a lawful permanent resident on preserving the green card while on an assignment abroad.
Assisted a former NASA employee become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
- Universitat de Barcelona (Undergraduate Study Abroad)
- Elizabethtown College (B.A.)
- Universidad de Buenos Aires (Rotary Foundation Student Ambassador)
- University of California, San Diego (Law Study Abroad)
- Seattle University School of Law (J.D.)
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- Gujarati (Native)
- Spanish (Fluent)
- Hindi (Fluent)
- Catalan (Basic)