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Mohammad Akif Saleem

Immigration Attorney at Brooklyn, NY

5.0   126 reviews
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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Mohammad

Learn Mohammad’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    65%
    Filed Petitions on behalf of Family, Marriage and Employment based visas as well as Political Asylum. Counseled immigrants on their legal options and Green Card possibilities. Attended hearings/interviews with immigrants for their Green Card approvals.

    14 years, 3,850 cases

  2. Real estate
    30%
    Real estate transactions relating to residential home, condo, co-op purchases, executing mortgages, CEMA loan processing, deed transfers, commercial leasing, and Foreclosure defense.

    14 years, 1,025 cases

  3. Estate planning
    5%
    Wills, Trusts, Administration of Estates, and Probate. Represented clients in creating wills and trusts. Assisted clients in the Surrogate Courts of NY regarding Administration and Probate proceedings.

    14 years, 115 cases

MOHAMMAD REPRESENTS CLIENTS IN BOTH NY, NJ, AND ACROSS THE USA ON IMMIGRATION CASES SUCH AS GREEN CARD ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS FILING AND INTERVIEWS, IMMIGRATION COURT REPRESENTATION FOR ASYLUM/DEPORTATION DEFENSE, MANDAMUS LITIGATION ON DELAYS, & APPEALS BEFORE USCIS/BIA. CALL (516) 871-4036

Mohammad A. Saleem, Esq.

DAVIS NDANUSA IKHLAS & SALEEM LLP

Managing Partner

Mohammad A. Saleem is a founding Partner and currently the Managing Partner of Davis Ndanusa Ikhlas & Saleem LLP. His practice areas focus on Immigration Law, Real Estate Transactions & Litigation, Estate Planning and Administration/Probate matters.

Mr. Saleem is co-head of the firm’s immigration practice where he approaches every immigration client’s case with a comprehensive strategy focused on obtaining successful results while protecting the client’s interest. He has practiced immigration law since 2010 and under his guidance, the law firm’s immigration practice has prided itself in taking challenging immigration cases with an emphasis on civil rights and fighting governmental agency abuse of discretion. He has successfully obtained green cards for hundreds of clients through family/marriage sponsorships, asylum proceedings and removal (deportation) proceedings in Immigration Court, and secured the release of immigration clients from DHS-ICE detention.

Mr. Saleem oversees all the firm’s immigration cases to ensure compliance with the latest developments pertaining to immigration law and practice so that the our immigration client’s case is successfully processed under the current Trump Administration’s strict immigration policies and regulations before Department of Homeland Security (USCIS, ICE, or CPB) or Department of State (NVC/US Embassies abroad).

Following the unlawful Muslim Ban in Jan. 2017 that affected the law firm’s many Yemeni immigration cases, Mr. Saleem volunteered his expertise and time at JFK Airport with other lawyers as part of the ‘No Ban JFK’ of NY Immigration Coalition to make sure immigrants were not detained by Customs Border Patrol (CBP). Mr. Saleem’s Yemeni client was featured in an article by The Guardian covering the travel ban affecting the ability of his fiancee. Simultaneously, from Jan-April 2017, Mr. Saleem and his partner Mr. Ndanusa held ‘Know Your Rights’ talks and seminars in local Brooklyn and Manhattan mosques pertaining to the ban’s restrictions affecting Yemenis with pending visas or petitions.

Mr. Saleem is a current and active member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the local AILA New York Chapter where he is member of the Federal Practice Committee.

In addition, he is a skilled real estate negotiator and real estate litigation attorney who has helped his clients purchase and sell their houses and investment properties since 2010.

Mr. Saleem is admitted to practice law in New York State as well as Federal District Courts of Southern District of New York (SDNY) and Eastern District of New York (EDNY), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been recognized for his legal service to the NYC community in the area of foreclosure defense in 2012 by the New York State Bar Association and the Queens County Bar Association.

Mr. Saleem received his Juris Doctorate in 2009 from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law where he was a member of the law school’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team and his Bachelor of Arts in 2006 from Hunter College.

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 5 ...

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Location

Davis Ndanusa Ikhlas & Saleem LLP

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Tanveer | July 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Very positive experience with brother Saleem and his team. Had a complicated immigration issue, messaged brother Saleem. He got back to me right away and we scheduled a meeting. He listened to me patiently and explained all the available options that I can go for. Due to Covid 19 the court process was longer but brother Saleem and sister Gehad was communicating with the court and Kept me updated. Thank you brother Saleem, sister Gehad and Lucy for taking care of my case.
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Posted by AbdulRaouf Abdou | June 13, 2022
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Excellent lawyer
Professional and hard working. Treated my case with urgency and successfully got an interview for my wife for her immigration to the US. Thank you.
Posted by Karim | June 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I worked with Mohammad Saleem for my house closing and later on for setting up a lease. I always felt that he was in my corner and dedicated to getting me across the finish line.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Number one
I didn’t have anything to say about my lawyers but thank you thank you very much for everything you did I think you the best Lawyer ever ever
Posted by Ashik | May 13, 2022
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Best lawyer in town
Very helpful from beginning to end with very difficult Chinese buyers. He got it done after 5 months; I really thought
Posted by Andy | February 28, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Effective, Professional and Good Person
We needed help acquiring a greencard for my partner. Once we hired Mohammad, a case that felt impossibly complicated to us became a leisurely breeze. Handled every step correctly, was proactive and reassuring in communications. If you're reading this, you have found your attorney.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2024
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Asylum base green card
Mohammad akif saleem is the best lawyer .he is so much helpful..i apply asylum base green and he take care my case step by Step. and today i got my green card...
Posted by Muhammad | January 12, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Best immigration lawyer in New York
Thank you so much Mohammad Saleem and ( Yasin ) for helping me in my Green card case and deportations & removal case , Attorney Saleem is one of the best and great immigration lawyer. An honest lawyer and one of best I met who helped me in immigration. I recommend everyone if there any problems with immigration cases to go to lawyer Mohammad Saleem. he is the best and honest lawyer in New York,
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Posted by Said | December 22, 2023
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Grateful for Exceptional Immigration Support
Grateful for Exceptional Immigration Support I'm immensely grateful for Mohammad Saleem and Natalie's exceptional support. Mohammad's advocacy during the interviews was outstanding—defending our rights with expertise and dedication. Natalie's meticulous preparation added to the seamless teamwork. Highly recommend their services for anyone navigating immigration complexities. Thank you, Mohammad and Natalie! Sincerely, Said
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Posted by Eyas | December 13, 2023
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Very good lawyer!
My lawyer is truly outstanding. His professionalism, vast knowledge, and impeccable organization have been incredibly reassuring throughout. His expertise in the field and organized approach make handling legal matters a breeze. very good job!
Posted by Palwasha | November 26, 2023
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Lawyer
He is great lawyer willing to help in any way you need. He was ready to answer to any of question
Posted by James | September 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Immigration
I would recommend his services for anyone's immigration process. He is very professional and would guide you well on the best immigration part and follow through it also.
Posted by Shivaani | August 5, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Helped us in a whiff on an immigration matter. Excellent Attorney
Attorney Salim is exceptional. His advice on an immigration matter that we had in Maryland even though he is in New York helped us. He provided excellent support demonstrating deep expertise in immigration matters. His dedication and attention to detail is commendable. Great Communication, prompt and clear, making you feel well-informed and at ease. I highly recommend Attorney Salim to anyone in need of professional and reliable legal assistance for immigration matters. He truly exceeded expectations and delivered exceptional service. Thank you Attorney Salim.
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Posted by Saqib | June 9, 2023
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I-130 Petition - Mandamus Lawsuit
Hired this firm for filing a mandamus lawsuit. My relative immigration case (i130) was refused and put for 2 years under administrative processing. Mr. Saleem and his team were very responsive, proactive, and diligent throughout the process. Thankfully, my relative was in the U.S. within 4 months after filing the lawsuit. I highly recommend his services to anyone seeking immigration services. -Saqib
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2023
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Mr Saleem is the man
Had some complications and concerns with my case but Mr Saleem helped with them and get my case approved Thanks and love you Mr Saleem
Posted by Akexandra | March 22, 2023
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Green card political asylum
I had a difficult case. Refusal of political asylum and the subsequent marriage with a US citizen. There were many aggravating circumstances, the prosecutor was against me. After 4 years of unsuccessfully fighting for a green card, I was desperately looking for a new lawyer. I needed a man with a soul. I consulted with 5 lawyers, but I saw that all of them are very focused only on making a profit, but they don’t care much about my situation in court. It was difficult to talk to them. Each time I hung up with the feeling that I was talking to a scammer. Then I found Mohammed. I liked the way he talks, the way he does business. I felt that this is a kind person and he definitely will not lie to me like my previous lawyer. And I turned out to be right. Mohammed helped me close my political case and got me out of all the problems with the evil prosecutor. He pulled my case out of court! Now I'm continuing with USCIS and it's much easier and safer. Mohammed and his team have a very meticulous approach to paperwork, they do things step by step without missing a single detail. They always respond within a day to any question. Even on weekends. Special thanks to Mohammed's assistant Yasin. It was a pleasure to talk to her. I don't speak English very well. But she and Mohammed have always been patient and attentive to what I'm trying to say.Thank you guys again if you read this . Big THANK YOU.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2023
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Immigration
Mr. Saleem and Ms. Yasin ! I don't think my words would be enough to express or show appreciation for the level of care and professionalism you showed me and my husband. I remember waking up to text and email messages sent at 2 am/3 am in the morning. I was like who are these people? don't they sleep? now bear in mind my husband's case was time sensitive and they did step up to the challenge at hand. Alhamdulillah after hardship comes ease by Allaah and with the help of Mr. Saleem and Ms. Yasin. Keep up the great work!!!!!
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Posted by Mohammed | February 18, 2023
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Greencard Application
Highly recommend Saleem, filed my greencard with absolute perfection, no errors. Always responsive and helpful.
Posted by Uzma sakib | January 18, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Saleem is really helpful
Mr saleem assisted us with fiance visa . And green card . Really appreciate his service
Posted by Salem | December 16, 2022
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Immigration lawyer
Mohammad is genuinely interested in helping people like me who go through so much with immigration issues. Communication with him and Natalia was excellent. I look forward to working with them again in the future for my citizenship.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Davis Ndanusa Ikhlas & Saleem LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Saleem Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2013

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • City University of New York, Hunter College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • I-485 Adjustment of Status of Sarah H.
  • Client obtained Legal Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Tenteromano v Rodgers
  • Successfully assisted third party bidder in purchasing foreclosure property
  • Sultan v. Khalid & Aziz
  • Warrant of Eviction obtained after tenants failed to pay
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Urdu
  • Bengali
  • Spanish
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Honors and Awards

  • NYSBA President's Pro Bono Service Award - 7th Judicial District
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Team
  • Penn State Law School
  • 2009
  • Chancellor’s Award for Leadership and Community Service
  • CUNY CUNY Honors College
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Brooklyn Law School- Immigration
  • Immigration
  • 2022
  • Recent Immigration Law Developments
  • Trump's Travel Ban Implications for Muslims
  • 2017
  • Foreclosure CLE at Queens County Bar Association,
  • Representing Homeowners at Foreclosure Settlement Conference
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (21)
Endorse Mohammad
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mohammed works tirelessly, almost too much, for his clients. His best quality is honesty and efficiency. I have known Mohammed for more than six years and he is a respected attorney in the community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great attorney, very helpful, and pleasure to work with. He spends time and energy to provide clients with not just an answer to a specific legal question, but advice to guide and protect their legal issues in a holistic manner for the future. He communicates clearly and concisely on legal issues with a view to a pragmatic resolution. He is also convivial and a pleasure to work with. I happily endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mohammad possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law and will above and beyond to represent his clients's best interest. Not only does he put in the work to reach his clients' goals, but he makes sure to connect with his clients on a personal level to make sure they feel comfortable with every step of his representation. He's a great lawyer and an even better person."
Probate Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Saleem's expert guidance for an international probate matter was key to succeful navigation of the process."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Mohammad on multiple cases, and also know him from the legal community---Mohammad is professional, knowledgable, and aggressive when he needs to be. He is very well respected within the community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mohammad Akif Saleem is a lawyer with boundless energy and great integrity. You can't go wrong with him defending you."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Mohammad Akif Saleem knows the law extremely well and cares about making sure people understand their rights and obligations. Anyone needing assistance with an immigration law legal matter would be well served to contact him."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend my colleague Mr. Saleem with the utmost confidence not only as a dedicated attorney but as a remarkable gentleman."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Saleem's number one priority is to protect his clients' best interests and to provide highly knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive representation on their behalf. A highly recommended immigration lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mohammad is an outstanding attorney and a wonderful human being. I have come to know him for his work during the foreclosure crisis helping homeowners in dire needs. He is an asset to the legal community."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Saleem is a competent and well respected lawyer in the community. I have consulted with him regarding landlord tenant matters, and he has consistently provide sound and invaluable advice. Mr. Saleem is well-versed in his practice areas and I always rely on his expertise. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Mohammad Saleem."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mohammad is extremely skilled and effective attorney. He is professional and effective. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney with a great attitude. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to meet Mohammad during our years in law school. He was an intelligent student and now is a focused and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Saleem is one of the sharpest lawyers I have ever met in my life. He understands legal issues and is quickly able to find solutiions to problems. I would consider him a lawyer's lawyer. I have worked with him on very heavy Wall Street litigation and I trust him to handle any matter that comes in front of him. He is honest and straight foreward. He looks out for the clients and he is well respected by his fellow attorneys. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him."
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