On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued an order immediately suspending attorney Vishal Kamal Chhabria from practicing before immigration courts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Vishal Kamal Chhabria.”

The order comes after Mr. Chhabria pled guilty in 2022 to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud in a federal court in New York. As part of a plea deal, Mr. Chhabria admitted to assisting couples enter into fraudulent marriages so foreign nationals could obtain green cards. He helped create false documents, coached couples to lie to immigration authorities, and accompanied them to interviews from 2018 to 2022.

In addition, on January 23, 2024, the Supreme Court of Illinois also suspended Mr. Chhabria’s law license over similar allegations. The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission had filed a petition arguing Mr. Chhabria’s criminal actions demonstrated he was unfit to practice law. Both the BIA and Illinois Supreme Court suspensions will remain in effect pending further disciplinary proceedings.

The BIA order grants the immediate suspension requested by the EOIR and DHS Disciplinary Counsels. It requires Mr. Chhabria to notify any clients with pending immigration matters that he can no longer represent them before immigration courts or DHS.

The Disposition states:

“The petition is granted, and the respondent is hereby suspended from the practice of law before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and DHS pending final disposition of this proceeding. 8 C.F.R. 1003.103(a)(4).”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Chhabria is an immigration attorney in Schaumburg, Illinois. He attended the John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, graduating in 2013. He acquired his law license in Illinois in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.