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Shahzad Ahmed

Shahzad Ahmed

Practice areas:

Immigration

About Me

US Immigration Attorney Shahzad Ahmed is a Board Certified Immigration Attorney, one of only 70 lawyers in the state of Florida to be board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law. 


Mr. Ahmed has over 15 years experience and practices immigration law exclusively. He was elected as the Orlando Regional Vice-Chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and as a liaison with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for 2013-14.  He was awarded the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in 2015.   Mr. Ahmed is a Partner and Senior Immigration Attorney at NeJame Law, which was voted the “Best Law Firm in Central Florida” by readers of the Orlando Business Journal in 2012 - 14.


Mr. Ahmed has acquired visas for many businesses as they seek to invest or trasfer their employees to the United States. He has assisted applicants from around the globe, including United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Dubai (UAE) and many other countries. Visas he has obtained include: 


     • Business Visas L-1 Intracompany Transferee, EB-1 Multinational                                   Executives/Managers   (see video above)


     • Investor Visas E-2 Treaty Investor, EB-5 Job Creation 


     • Employment Visas H-1B Specialty Occupation, O-1 Extraordinary Ability,                         P-1 Athlete, P-2 Cultural Exchange Artist, P-3 Culturally Unique                                     Performer, R-1 religious Worker, EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, EB-2                                   Advanced Degree, EB-3 Skilled  and Unskilled Worker, EB-4                                            Special Immigrant 


     • Personal/Family Visas Family based petitions, Fiances, Immigrant Visas 


Mr. Ahmed has successfully represented thousands of businesses and individual clients in various circumstances, including but not limited to, business and investment visas, employment visas, family visas, deportation, investor visas, asylum, naturalization and citizenship matters. Mr. Ahmed has extensive experience in courtroom litigation as well. He has appeared in hundreds of cases before dozens of immigration judges, successfully representing clients in matters ranging from removal proceedings to claims for political asylum, cancellation of removal, hardship waivers and adjustment of status.


Background 


Mr. Ahmed earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Touro Law Center in Long Island, New York. As a law student, Mr. Ahmed served as an Assistant Editor for the International Law Journal while contributing to various other journals and publications. He concentrated his studies in International Law and quickly developed a passion for assisting others with their immigration issues. Mr. Ahmed went on to complete a comprehensive law studies program in Shimla, India, an opportunity that enriched his understanding of the comparative legal jurisprudence. In 1988, Mr. Ahmed was admitted to the Florida Bar and after ten years of practice, in 2008, Shahzad Ahmed joined NeJame Law as a Partner. He currently serves as the Senior Attorney and Senior Litigator for the Firm's Immigration Division.


Shahzad Ahmed's works have been noted and cited in press releases by human rights and civil liberties organizations, including Amnesty International and Solidarity U.S.A. Mr. Ahmed is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for both the Southern District and the Middle District of Florida. He practices immigration law throughout the entire United States and is admitted to practice in any immigration court within the United States. He is also active in various immigration, civic and political organizations.


Languages 


Mr. Ahmed is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi. Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese are also spoken at his firm. 


 

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Languages Spoken: Urdu, Hindi, English, Arabic

Photos and Videos

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Immigration: 100%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

31 total 

  • Gerard Francis Lazzara

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Gerard Lazzara Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ahmad Mohamad Yakzan

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    Ahmad Yakzan Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

NeJame Law /NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno, P.A.

189 S. Orange Avenue
Suite 1800
Orlando, FL, 32801

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199805/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Board Certified - Immigration & NationalityFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2013
Oustanding Commitment and AchievementGreater Orlando Cares -- (see photo)2012
Best Law Firm in Central FloridaOrlando Business Journal, Reader's Choice Award 2012 and 2013 (see photo)2012
DirectorAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter) -- (see photo)2011
Outstanding Service and Profesional CommitmentArab American Community Center (see photo)2009
5 Year Awardde Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzari & Neal, LLP. (see photo)2007
Attorney Choice AwardPre Paid Legal Services (see photo)2006
Attorney Choice AwardPre Paid Legal Services (see photo)2005
Attorney Choice AwardPre Paid Legal Services (see photo)2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner/ Senior Immigration AttorneyNeJame Law/ NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno, P.A. -------- (Voted best firm in Central Florida by Orlando Business Journal, Reader's Choice Award, 2012 and 2013)2008 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of David F. Vedder, P.A.2007 - 2008
AttorneyDe Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP ----- (AV-rated; one of largest firms in Central Florida)2002 - 2007
AttorneyLaw Office of Carlos Jean-Joseph, P.A.2000 - 2002
Corporate CounselChoices & Associates1999 - 2000
Corporate CounselAMREG1998 - 1999
Law clerkLaw Offices Of David M. Sperling1996 - 1997
InternBoca Raton Police Department1994 - 1994

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)Vice Chair - Orlando2013 - 2014
Zindagi Trust, USABoard of Directors2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney2010 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)Director2010 - 2011
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAttorney2000 - Present
Florida BarAttorney1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
L-1 Success StoryL-1 Approved
Cancellation of RemovalCancellation of Removal Approved for a lawful permanent resident
A Success Story: Using the B visaB-1 properly used

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
monthly e-newsletterImmigration Counselors2013
Immigration Counselors NewsletterYour L-1 Visa Petition: Preventing and Surviving the Request For Evidence (or Notice of Intent to Deny)2013
Immigration Counselors NewsletterNew Immigration Policy ----- Good News for thos Facing the 3/10 Year Bar2013
Immigration Counselors NewsletterKeeping the DREAM Alive: A Glimmer of Hope for the Undocumented Youth!2012
Pardes MagazineBefore You Start Celebrating: Maintaining your Permanent Residency2012
Pardes MagazineImmigration Reform is Here . . . Almost!2012
Caribbean PassportCrossing Borders for Love2011
23rd Annual Central Florida Chapter Conference, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationHow Much Hardship is Enough2011
Immigration Counselors NewsletterThe "O"ther Visa2011
Immigration Counselors Newsletter11th Circuit Court decides on What Constitutes a Conviction Record2011
Immigration Counselors NewsletterValentine Special: Crossing Borders for Love2011
Immigration Counselors NewsletterL-1 Visa: Transferring your Foreign Business to the U.S.2011
Orlando SentinelMr. Ahmed's Immigration Q&A2010
Orlando SentinelMr. Ahmed's lawsuits against Federal Government for delayed cases2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Florida Atlantic UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Broward Community CollegeN/AAA1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
IBBA Spring Educational SummitWorking with Visa Buyers2014
Community Immigration Forum with Hon. Teyut Duong, Senior Advisor to White HouseInitiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders2013
2013 IBBA Fall Conference#231: Business Options for Foreign Investors: How to Work with Visa Buyers2013
Your Civil and Immigration RightsYour Civil and Immigration Rights2012
Community Immigration ForumCommunity Immigration Forum2012
Community Immigration ForumImmigration Laws and Updates2012
Community Forum on Civil RightsWhat are Your Civil Rights and What to do when they are Violated2012
Immigration UpdatesThe Latest Immigration Updates2011
Defending your Client in Removal ProceedingsWho has the Burden?2011
Immigration Consequences of Criminal ActivityRelief from Removal Proceedings2010
Community Immigration ForumImmigration Updates2010
Women's DayWomen's Immigrant Rights2009
For many organizationsCommunity Immigration Forum2008
Immigration SeminarImmigration Q&A2007