Nikhil M. Shah


  • B.A. U.C.L.A. 1999 (College Honors).
  • J.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 2004
  • Wisconsin Law Review-Articles Editor 2003-2004
  • Wisconsin International Law Journal-Senior Articles Editor 2003-2004

Bar Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin*
  • U.S. District Court for The Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for The 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for The 5th Circuit

*Not Admitted in CA.  The Law Offices of Nikhil M. Shah is an Immigration Law Practice restricted to practice in Immigration Courts and other federal agencies in the State of California pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 292.1(a)(1) and 8 C.F.R. § 1.1(f) and Sperry v. Florida, 373 U.S. 379 (1963).  Under federal constitutional law, a lawyer can practice Immigration Law in any state, provided that he or she has not been suspended from practice before federal immigration agencies.

Professional Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (former Executive Board)
  • American Bar Association
  • National Immigration Project
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (former LIAISON)
  • National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles (former Board Member)


  • CHIRLA 2012 Honoree L.A. Raids Response Network
  • Highest Achievement Award in International Law (2002) and Thurgood Marshall (2003).

Published Articles

  • U.S Military Conscientious Objectors and Asylum Law
  • North Korea and International Law
  • Turkish Entry Into The EU: Some Ethical Questions
  • Thurgood Marshall and Judicial Conservatism in Foreign Affairs

Immigration Law Articles

  • Exemptions From the English Languages Requirements for Naturalization Applications
  • Remedies for Denied Naturalization Applications
  • Tips On How To Avoid Incompetent Representation In Your Immigration Matters
  • Unauthorized Employment and Disqualification From Immigration Benefits
  • The Child Status Protection Act and Family Sponsored Preferences
  • Extension or Change of Status for Non-Immigrants
  • Employment Based Immigration for Individuals Who Are Not in Valid Non-Immigrants Status
  • Relief for Aliens Barred from Immigration Benefits Because Of Fraud Or Misrepresentation