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Chirag V. Patel

Owner/Managing Attorney

Chirag Patel has been practicing immigration law in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore Metropolitan Area for 10 years, focusing on employment-based and family-based immigration law issues. He has extensive experience with B, E, H, L, J, O and TN Visas, as well as Labor Certification, Extraordinary Ability Visas, National Interest Waivers, Asylum, Removal and Administrative and Federal Appeals. Prior to practicing immigration law, Mr. Patel practiced Criminal and Civil Law in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Patel has been involved in several high profile cases and has held internships with the Maryland Attorney General's Office, The U.S. House of Representatives, the Federal Trade Commission and the Food & Drug Administration.

Mr. Patel specialized in International Politics and Business at the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs before receiving a J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Mr. Patel is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and works regularly with several non-profit organizations on immigration matters. Mr. Patel can be reached at (888) 223-8176 or via email at

Legal Field

  • Criminal Immigration Law
  • Civil/Criminal law
  • Bankruptcy law

Professional Development

Founded Chirag V. Patel, P.A.

Juris Doctor
American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

Bachelor of Arts, International Affairs
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Language Abilities

English, Gujarati

Top Immigration Lawyer in Washington DC

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the main cases that you deal with?

    At the Patel Law Group, we deal with a lot of different type of cases. The main ones we deal with are:

  • What is the main difference between naturalization and citizenship?

    If you are an immigrant in United States, you will need to go through the process of obtaining citizenship. This process is called naturalization. After you are done with the formalities you will be able to get permanent citizenship in the country. However, you may find that the two terms are used interchangeably.

  • How do I complete the naturalization process?

    The following steps are a part of naturalization process:

    • Submit an application form.
    • Complete the interview on the scheduled date.
    • Pass the citizenship test that is arranged.
    • Take the oath of allegiance.

    There may be some minor steps in between and the details of the steps can differ. However, this is the general guideline of the naturalization process.

  • What is a “Conviction” under Immigration Law?
    • A Guilty plea in addition to a court-ordered restraint on liberty is a conviction
    • “Nolo contendere” or “no contest” plea in addition to a court-imposed restraint or punishment on your liberty is a conviction
    • Foreign convictions
    • Expungements do not erase convictions under immigration law
    • Probation before judgment (PBJ) is a conviction