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Neha Vyas is a partner and co-owner of Open Sky Law, PLLC. She focuses her practice on Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) self-petitions, U Visas, asylum, family-based immigration, citizenship, and removal defense, including appeals.
Before launching Open Sky Law, Neha was a Senior Attorney at Gibbs Houston Pauw. Neha also served as the former Legal Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining NWIRP, Neha was in solo practice in Tucson, Arizona, focusing on immigration cases. She began practicing immigration law as a staff attorney with the Tucson Ecumenical Council for Legal Assistance (TECLA), a project that, like NWIRP, had its origins assisting Salvadorans and Guatemalan refugees fleeing their countries' wars in the 1980's. Neha has served as the secretary of the Board of the Asylum Program of Southern Arizona and formerly served on the Board of Chaya now known as API Chaya. API Chaya is a community based nonprofit organization that serves South Asian women impacted by domestic violence. In 2001, Neha received an Award for Outstanding Dedication to Battered Immigrant Women by the Southeastern Arizona Behavior Health Service. Neha was lead counsel in, Guerra et al v. USA, No. 09-CV-01027 RSM (W.D. Wash., Oct. 21, 2014). (Federal District for the Western District of WA finds CIS and State Department abused judicial process and awards fees for bad faith conduct in the handling of a J-1 waiver application).
Neha is a frequent speaker and presenter at immigration law conferences and continuing legal education seminars. She has over 15 press and media appearances including interviews on CNN, National Public Radio (“NPR”) and quotes in the Seattle Times. Neha has been involved in legislative efforts for immigrants’ rights by testifying before the State Senate and King County Council and participating in community outreach events.
Neha is trilingual (English, Hindi (conversational), Spanish (conversational)). She loves spending time with her daughter and enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking.
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