Stories of Nepalis in USA
P. Adhikari - a well known figure in Dallas, Texas
Sushil P. Adhikari, born on October 21, 1966 as the second son to
father Jaya P. Adhikari and mother Tribhuwaneshowri Adhikari in
Mukunda VDC of Nawalparasi district, Nepal is a successful Nepali
in the United States of America.
Upon completion of Law Degree from Nepal Law Campus,
Mr. Adhikari established Maitri Law Firm in Bagbazar, Kathmandu
in 1991. He is still an Active Member of Nepal Bar Association.
His four years stint at the Central Bureau of Statistics proved
advantageous in his legal career.
While his two brothers chose to be Engineers,
he opted to become a Lawyer. He acknowledges Mr. Khagendra GC, a
lawyer himself by profession and a close family friend for inspiring
him to be what he is today. Mr. GC is also another successful Nepali
Lawyer in USA.
Journey to USA
It was the year 1995 when Mr. Adhikari made an initial visit to
USA. He chose New York then. While enjoying the hustle and bustle
of New York, he constantly kept his eyes open for scholarship so
that he could pursue his dream to get an American education in Law.
Six months flew like and arrow and when he sensed his desire bleak,
he chose to return back to Kathmandu where he continued working
for his own law firm but he still hold his dream for higher education
Dreams do come true and it did for Mr. Adhikari
too. Just after six months of his return to Kathmandu, he got himself
enrolled as a student of Master’s of Law in Southern Methodist
University (SMU), Dallas, Texas. It took him two years, from 1996
to 1998 to hold a Master’s Degree in Comparative & International
Law from SMU.
Immediately after the completion of his studies
in 1998, he got affiliated with Pant Law Firm followed by the Law
Office of Michael J. Williams PC (Professional Corporation) where
he is still working as a Legal Consultant. His expertise ranges
from various types of Immigration Visas to other Company & Corporation
Law like Contracts & Foreign Investments.
His clientele includes 90% of Nepalis and 10%
of non-immigrants from Liberia,South Africa, India and other countries.
At least 3 cases a week comes his way and between 1998 to April
2005, he has handled as many cases as 1500. He is a busy legal consultant
and to deal with his busy schedule he has four attorneys working
for him. But his dream does not limit here, he aspires to work for
the US Government someday soon.
Mr. Adhikari is interested in social work too. He does social work
everyday by reaching to the people who needs information on US immigration
laws. He is always there for the Nepalis who look up to him for
guidance. His very interest into this field also led him to run
a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) named Community Development
Research Center (CDRC) in Nepal launched to literate the senior
citizens of Dhading. The two year project funded by PACT, USA benefited
approximately 400 senior citizens.
He is one of the active persons behind the foundation
of Nepalese Society of Texas (NST) in 1998, an association established
to bridge the Nepalis living in Texas. He served the Society for
14 months as the Vice President.
Love for Nepal
Distance makes heart go fonder and his love for Nepal has been growing
ever since. Had the legal base in Nepal been stronger and the lost
PEACE be restored, he sees himself in Nepal starting his own new
He is also very concerned with the level of brain
drain amongst the younger generation. He says, “it is good
to have a dream and follow it but it might not do good to linger
with it for a long period of time”. He wants the younger generation
to follow their dreams to come to USA and make efforts to realize
their dreams and once the dream is achieved, he suggests them to
return and establish oneself in ones own country amidst ones own
culture. Similarly, he expects good incentive and motivation from
the Nepali Government so that our youths find greener pastures in
our own land.
Mr. Adhikari requests and suggests the established Nepalis to stay
happy and carry on in their chosen profession as their dreams to
do better in the USA than in Nepal may become difficult in terms
of economic and legal boundary.
By Binita Joshi Shrestha
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