Meet The Attorney who is Making a Difference for Immigrants in America and Abroad
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Dev Banad Viswanath, principal attorney at Banad Law Offices, has dedicated himself to assisting immigrants in need. For over 15 years, Viswanath has been helping immigrant individuals navigate through today’s ever changing political climate.

Viswanath has a strong passion for helping immigrants in Queens. Some of the services provided by Dev and the attorneys at the Banad Law Offices include, aid for immigrants who are looking to enter the United States, obtain a visa, or sponsor a family member. Today, he continues to make sure that immigrants from all nations are able to achieve their goals in the United States. 

Viswanath’s parents immigrated to the United States from Bangalore, India. He grew up in Holliswood, Queens and later attended Boston University. He obtained his law degree from Pace University, has been Immigration work since 2002, and practicing Immigration Law as a lawyer since 2006.

He lives in Queens, but has clients from all over the globe. He has familiarity in speaking several languages including Kannada, Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Spanish. 

Viswanath has also interacted extensively with U.S. Consulates and Embassies all over the world. Overseas, he has represented hundreds of clients in family-based and employment-based green card cases. Viswanath also has successfully represented several clients in waiver applications when initially found inadmissible for prior immigration violations.

Viswanath cites that his dedication to the South Asian and Caribbean communities stems from his parents, who were the founders of  the “Vision of Asia” television program. The program provided South Asian viewers with relevant current events in politics, news, and sports that they would not otherwise get living in the US. Vision of Asia gave viewers the opportunity to experience their home away from home. Viswanath continues his parents legacy of providing an outlet for South Asian immigrants. 

He continues to interact with media companies as the Principal Legal Counsel to International Television Broadcasting, Inc. and Best Media, Inc..

Viswanath cites three major factors that set him apart from other immigrant and nationality law attorneys. For one, “I know this area. I get it,” he says. Being a first generation American, Viswanath says that he can relate to many of his clients experiences. 

Viswanath also stressed that he “keeps it real” with clients. By providing them with honest, straight forward information the client is then better able to respond to the current situation. “You need to to be empathic to understand the people that you’re talking to” says Viswanath. On his no nonsense attitude, he further explains, “I don’t dilly dally. A client knows where they stand with me.”

Lastly, Viswanath describes his style as being “a little unorthodox”, but promises to provide the clients with the best representation possible… and his accomplishments can prove it.

Viswanath has also taken on several philanthropic ventures. He is currently on the general council for Heart and Hand for the Handicapped, an organization that raises funds to support differently abled children with physical and mental challenges such as Polio, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome and blindness. 

In addition, Viswanath is an Immigration Mentor to law students and newly admitted attorneys on Immigration law at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. 

Other notable positions include: A member of the Queens County Bar Association and Chair of the Grievance Committee, an editor for the Immigration Law Handbook, published annually by the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2008, and a past president and current Board Member of the Hollis Hills Civic Association (HHCA).

Currently Viswanath has offices in the US and abroad in locations such as Manhattan, Queens, Bangalore, and Bombay. As for expanding, he says that California may be the next possible destination due to its high demand for IT and Pharmacology work being an incentive for many more immigrants.

Viswanath is married with three children, and has proven that he is not only dedicated to the community of Queens but to immigrant families as well. 

Viswanath can be reached by phone at 718.361.5999 or by email: His Queens office is located at 186-09 Union Turnpike, 2nd FL. Fresh Meadows, NY 11366.

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