Immigration Attorney Kripa Upadhyay Immigration Attorney Kripa Upadhyay

Kripa Upadhyay, Shareholder

DIRECT: 206-224-8092

LEGAL ASSISTANT: Sherelyn Anderson


Kripa Upadhyay’s practice focuses on immigration law. She works closely with international investors, human resources and global mobility professionals to optimize their companies’ immigration programs. Kripa assists clients in guiding strategies for recruiting and retaining foreign talent, and providing immigration plans for international mergers and acquisitions.

She helps companies address the challenges of U.S. immigration compliance and has worked with major corporations to build out compliant immigration visa programs securing a variety of short term and long-term visas/residency for their global employees. She also spends time on I-9 employment verification matters as well as H-1B and LCA compliance, including internal and external audits and reviews to minimize employer liability.

Kripa is a frequent speaker on immigration matters before the Association of Immigration Lawyers of America (AILA), the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), other industry leading professional associations.

Named a “Rising Star” for Immigration Law 2014-2018, consecutively, she is an active member of AILA’s National committee for EB-5 (investor-based immigration) as well as AILA’S Washington State Chapter where she has served on various committees in leadership positions.  Kripa is also actively involved with, and a frequent speaker at, seminars and conferences organized by Invest in the USA (IIUSA); America’s leading investor-based immigration trade association.

An immigrant from Nepal, Kripa speaks English, Nepali, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish.

Presentations & Publications

Awards & Unique Recognition

  • Award recognition by EB5 Magazine as Top 10 Rising Star (2023)
  • Actively engaged in educating newly arriving immigrants and refugees as to their rights and responsibilities in the U.S., Kripa was awarded the Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Community Service Award in 2011, recognizing her outstanding and exemplary service in helping immigrants and refugees in Washington State.
  • Kripa was named Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for every year from 2014 – 2018.

Languages Spoken

Nepali, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach

  • Washington State Bar
  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association- AILA (Washington State chapter), Member
    • AILA National EB-5 Committee, Member (2020 – present)
    • Executive Committee, Chair of Programs  (2015-May 2016)
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair (2013-2015)
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Vice Chair (2012- 2013)
    • Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)Committee, Chair (2011–2012)
    • Citizenship Day Committee, Chair (2009-2010)
    • Citizenship Day Committee,Vice Chair (2008–2009)
  • The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Charter Member (2013–present)
  • Empower Nepali Girls (Registered 501(c)(3) Organization, Board Member