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November 16, 2016:

Speaker at Lifograph & Founders Floor Accelerator, San Jose, CA

Sweta addressed the audience of entrepreneurs and tech professionals at Lifograph & Founders Floor Accelerator, San Jose, CA, on the immigration issues and concerns of foreign start-ups. View the video here.


November 11, 2016:

Coach/Mentor, Start-up Weekend, Santa Clara, CA, November 11-13th, 2016

Sweta advised foreign students and entrepreneurs shortlisted for the Start-up Weekend Finals on the visa options available to them that will allow them to continue working on their start-ups. Details are available here.


September 29, 2016:

Speaker at Access Silicon Valley

Sweta addressed the audience at the Fireside Chat organized by Access Silicon Valley at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA, on current business immigration issues


March 4, 2016:

Conducted Workshop on the H-1B Visa and H-1B Quota

Sweta was invited to conduct a workshop on the H-1B Visa and H-1B Quota for 2016 at Hackerdojo, Mountain View. Details are available here


November 4, 2015:

Speaker at the “Special Seminar—Does the New USCIS L-1B Memo Change Things?”

Sweta was one of the three speakers at the “Special Seminar—Does the New USCIS L-1B Memo Change Things?”; at 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern. Organized by AILA


January 26, 2015:

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Speaker at Plug & Play

Sweta was invited to speak at Plug & Play Tech Center, Sunnyvale, CA on HR Immigration Compliance, STEM-OPT, H-1B Visa & latest immigration updates.


Nov 17, 2014:

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Speaker, 27th Annual AILA California Chapter’s Conference

Sweta was invited to address a gathering consisting of professionals, entrepreneurs, start-up business and their leaders at the Annual Conference of the Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA). SIPA is one of the largest professional groups of South Asians in the Bay Area. View the presentation here.


Aug 23, 2014:

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Panelist, an Immigration Debate; Policies towards immigrants and guest workers

Sweta was invited to join aprominent online public deliberation and review of US immigration policy, partnering with Knight Foundation and TechCrunch as an expert. She shared the dias with a handful of immigration attorneys and policy makers.


Mar 01, 2014:

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Speaker at the Winter CLE organized by Southern CA Chapter of AILA

Sweta was invited to speak at the Continuing Legal Education program organized by the Southern CA Chapter of AILA at Mammoth Lakes, CA on the visa options available to domestic workers.


Feb 21, 2014:

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Key Speaker at the Meet-up “Igniters: Stanford Entrepreneurs & Silicon Valley Founders”

Sweta was invited to address the above meet-up on “Immigration Hacking: Solving Immigration puzzle for foreign-born Entrepreneurs” The event was attended by almost 100 people.

For reviews of the meet-up, click here. The recording is available here.


Jan 20, 2014:

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Visa Options for Foreign Entrepreneurs, Presentation/Case Study/Discussion at Capital Factory, Austin, TX

Sweta was invited to speak on the visa options available to foreign entrepreuners, start-ups and small business at Capital Factory, Austin, TX. Capital Factory is the entrepreneurial center of gravity in Austin, Texas.Located in the middle of downtown, Capital Factory has more than 50,000 square feet full of startups and entrepreneurs. This event was streamed live and can now be viewed here. The presentation can be viewed here.


Dec 04, 2013:

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Visa Options for Foreign Entrepreneurs, Speaker at the Legal Education for Attorneys organized by AILA-SCV

Sweta was one of the two Attorney speakers at the Continuing Legal Education (CLE)session organized by the Bay Area Valley Chapter of theAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association. The topic of the CLE was Employment Based Visas for Entrepreneurs, Start-ups, and Small Businesses. CLE is professional education of lawyers that takes place after their initial admission to the Bar. In many states in the United States, CLE participation is required of attorneysto maintain their license to practice law.


Apr 28, 2013:

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AILA Press Event – The Path to Reform

AILA SCV organized the first ever Press Conference in the Bay Area that discussed the proposed Senate Immigration Reform Bill. The Press Conference was attended by media, clients and local businesses. Sweta was part of a three member panel of immigration attorneys and discussed the business immigration sections of the proposed bill and responded to questions from the audience.

See pictures of the event here

Some of the press coverage can be found here


Mar 04, 2013:

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Panel Q&A on “How to Start a Company Without Being Deported” at Stanford University

Sweta answered questions relating to visas for entrepreneurs from an audience of more than 200 international students at Stanford University.

Link to the Press coverage for the event


Feb 22, 2013:

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Meetup-“Silicon Valley Business Group interested in US Immigration”

Sweta also holds informal sessions in the Bay Area to address the broader needs of the community. One such session was the Meetup-Silicon Valley Business Group interested in US Immigration-where Sweta addressed immigration issues and answered questions on the H-1B Quota, and other work-related visas. Details of the event can be found here


Jan 17, 2013:

Meeting with Democratic Leader, Zoe Lofgren

As Liaison for the AILA SCV Advocacy Team, and as part of advocacy efforts towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform, lead a select team of AILA members to meet with Democrat Leader, Zoe Lofgren


Nov 24, 2012:

Addressed the audience at MobiSparks 2012, Bangalore

Sweta addressed the audience at the Mobile Innovation Discovery Platform for early stage entrepreneurs and developers that was organized by Your Story.In on immigration issues relating to expansion of business in the US.


Nov 12, 2011:

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Speaker at SIPA Entrepreneurship-Idea Wave 3.0- on Immigration Initiatives for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Sweta was invited to address a gathering consisting of professionals, entrepreneurs, start-up business and their leaders at the Annual Conference of the Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA). SIPA is one of the largest professional groups of South Asians in the Bay Area. View the presentation here.


Jun 10, 2010:

Guest Speaker at event organized by Fremont Indus Entrepreneur Group

Sweta was invited to address the audience at an event organized by Fremont Indus Entrepreneur Group on Hiring employees on OPT, CPT and H-1B. The presentation can be viewed here.


Dec 19, 2008:

Speaker at the annual convention of the hospitality sector in Los Angeles, CA

Sweta was invited to address the annual convention of the hospitality sector (+2000 attendees) in Los Angeles, CA on concerns regarding the choice of entity for business in the hospitality sector


Dec 19, 2007:

Speaker at Silicon Valley Job Fair

Addressed an audience of 300 professionals at the Silicon Valley Job Fair on taxation and immigration concerns on cross border movement of high skilled Indian nationals





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