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Ghassan Marwan Shihab

Immigration Attorney at Fairfax, VA

4.9   206 reviews

also known as Gus M. Shihab

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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ghassan

Learn Ghassan’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    100%
    H-1B, Green Cards, PERM, Intra-company Transferee, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, F-1 Students, EB-1 Aliens of Extraordinary Abilities, EB-2, EB-3, Family immigration, Fiancé Visas, permanent residence, spouses to US Citizens, Immigration Appeals, H-1 Audits.

    31 years, 6,000 cases

COMPETENT. RESPONSIVE. ETHICAL. AFFORDABLE. RELIABLE. INNOVATIVE REPRESENTATION, PROVEN RESULTS.

Gus M. Shihab, Esq., founder of the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA, received honors and is a seasoned lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience relentlessly fighting for the rights of international investors, businesses, corporations, employers, and immigrants and for the advancement of their causes. 

Mr. Shihab served as a member of the Board of Governors for American Immigration Lawyer's Association and Chapter Chair from 2009-2011.  He later was the chair of the Legislative Committee lobying Congressional members for meaningful immigratino refrom. 

He has in depth understanding of immigration governmental processes both nationally and globally including, business immigration, H-1B, PERM, for engineering, architects, manufacturing, information technology and healthcare professionals.  He successfully secured non immigrant visas, permanent residence and green cards for acclaimed scientists, professors and researchers as well as graphic designers, international performers, artists and athletes in processes such as P-1, O-1, J-1 visa waivers, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 and national interest waiver cases.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2021 2020 2019 + 9 ...
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

Photos and videos

BBC Interview Regarding Immigration Reform
Interview Regarding Client Olympic Gold Medalist Natalia Laschenova.  Our Firm is taking this case Pro bono.
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Location

The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA
8500 Executive Park Avenue, Suite 206
Fairfax, VA, 22031
The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA
65 East State Street
Suite 1550
Columbus, OH, 43215
The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA
1725 I St. NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA
2000 Town Center Drive
Suite 1930
Southfield, MI, 48075
The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA
600 Superior Ave. East
Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH, 44114
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  206 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Upendra | February 9, 2010
Excellent Legal Guidance
I contacted Gus Shihab to handle my immigration case. With his extensive and up to date knowledge on the immigration laws, Gus clearly explained all the options I had and he always made sure that I clearly understood all my options. He personally handled my case and provided an exceptional legal service and got the approvals. Gus is always prompt in responding to queries in emails on time which is an exceptional quality which is very rare in most of the other attorneys i have worked with. I would definitely recommend Gus Shihab for any one who needs an outstanding legal service.
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Posted by Dan | February 6, 2010
Best Investment Ever
For our organization Gus and his office have personally handled four different E2 renewals two AOS and thanks to the hard work at Shihab and Associates my wife and I are pending on Permanent Residency. I am currently retaining Gus for the formation of a new company and in discussion of two L1 applications. This firm works at a world class level with a success track record that is second to none. I would without hesitation recommend "The Law Firm of Shihab and Associates" to any person and invite anyone who would like to ask specific questions on my feedback to contact me directly at any time. (Phone Number Removed)
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Posted by Alex | September 29, 2023
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Best of the best attorney!
I am delighted to take a moment to write a review for Attorney Shihab. I cannot express enough gratitude for the exceptional legal services he provided me with, particularly in a situation where obtaining a green card seemed impossible. After being misled and taken advantage of by other attorneys who drained my finances, Mr. Shihab's honesty, professionalism, and trustworthiness were a breath of fresh air. From the very beginning, Attorney Shihab demonstrated a deep understanding of immigration law and a genuine commitment to helping his clients. He took on my immigration case, which had been left in ruins by previous attorneys, and swiftly and effectively built it up to a strong position. His knowledge and expertise in the field were evident throughout the entire process. What truly sets Attorney Shihab apart is his unwavering dedication to his clients. He took the time to listen to my concerns, answer my questions, and address any doubts or fears I had. His patience and compassion made me feel valued and reassured throughout the entire journey. I always felt that my case was a priority to him, and he consistently went above and beyond to ensure its success. Furthermore, Attorney Shihab's professionalism and attention to detail were impeccable. He meticulously reviewed every aspect of my case, leaving no stone unturned. His thoroughness and precision gave me confidence that my application was in the best possible hands. He kept me informed at every step of the process, providing regular updates and promptly responding to any inquiries. I cannot emphasize enough how Attorney Shihab's expertise and dedication transformed my immigration case. Thanks to his hard work and strategic approach, I was able to achieve what I once believed to be impossible - obtaining a green card. His guidance and support were invaluable, and I am forever grateful for his exceptional legal representation. In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Shihab to anyone in need of immigration legal services. His honesty, professionalism, and trustworthiness are unparalleled, and his commitment to his clients is truly commendable. If you are seeking an attorney who will fight for your rights, provide sound legal advice, and deliver outstanding results, look no further than Attorney Shihab.
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Posted by Samah | August 28, 2023
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Best Immigration Attorney
Our experience was great with Mr Gus and his staff, they know what they are doing , they were helpful and fast response to any questions we had , we highly recommend him for any immigration work.
Posted by Pavithra | July 20, 2022
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Amazing Immigration Attorney
Gus has been our immigration attorney since 2009. He and his associates are the best in their field. They know what they are doing. Very professional and understanding during the immigration process. Immigration process can be very convoluted and frustrating at times. They understand that and work with patience and give you the advice they think will be best for you in the long run.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2021
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It wouldn't have been possible without Gus
Thanks to Gus and his diligence now I have the US citizenship. From the outset, he identified some of the key issues in the case that could have been a major roadblock including the 90 day residence issue. I was then given a strategy to prove the 90 day presence using hard evidence. As we then prepared to file my application, I used his online portal to capture data for my application. The data was then thoroughly reviewed and the application was then prepared and filed with the utmost levels of professional standards. He then kept me informed throughout the process timely about any communications from the government. Finally, he identified the softest issue in the application process and devised a response which proved strong at the time of the interview. My case required a high degree of legal competence and the tools he employed helped in the positive outcome.
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Posted by Vehbi | May 15, 2021
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A perfect professional and great mentor
Gus was very effective getting my applications through all the required processes. He is very meticulous, detail oriented and timely. He and his team followed all the necessary steps, never missed deadlines, expedited the procedures and made sure everything submitted was perfect down to the smallest detail. Gus is wonderful not only as a professional but also as a friend and coach, makes the psychological factor of going through the applications much easier and less stressful. In summary, a great lawyer and individual.
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Posted by Suha | May 10, 2021
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Successful Challenging E-2 Visa
I retained the services of Attorney Shihab twice. My case was challenging from the get go due to complex corporate structure my business. I found Attorney Gus Shihab to be exceptionally competent, timely, pleasant and honest. He was able to pool all the various business professionals who worked on my business including om corporate lawyers, to economists and business partners and made it happen. I just received approval for my second extension and could not be happier. I also recommended my brother to retain his services for a separate business and Attorney Gus Shihab was able to secure an E-2 visa for him as well.
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Posted by Fahri | May 10, 2021
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Excellent service
I had a great experience with G.M. Shibab, He was very efficient, detailed oriented and highly professional. I highly recommend him for anyone who is facing immigration issues.
Posted by Burhan | May 7, 2021
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The sure way
Our company is working exclusively with Shihab Law for five years. The results are impressive for all our H-1B, L-1A and Employment Based Immigrant petitions. For myself, Shihab's office handled my initial L-1A application so i can establish the first branch of our USA expansion. Later on Shihab's office extended my L-1A and then handled my Employment Based Immigrant Visa application too which concluded with receiving my green card in a very reasonable timeline considering COVID impact. I have the first hand experience working with Mr Shihab and his excellent team. During the course of five years Shibab law gained our full confidence, in respect with their deep knowledge of the immigration laws, their clear understanding about USCIS's implementation of those laws, their excellent communication with USCIS offices, their strong work ethic and forthcoming approach. I frankly admit that we made a mistake once trying to work with another firm for petitions seemed low hanging fruits then ended up in disaster. Shihab Law is competitive but not cheap although worth every penny you spent especially when negative results maybe life changing and costly for your company. I strongly recommend Shihab Law.
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Posted by Sartaj | May 4, 2021
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Highly recommend for Immigration needs.
Me and my wife have worked with Attorney Gus Shihab and his associates for our green cards and other immigration needs over a decade. He and his whole staff are very friendly and professional and treated us like family. Attorney Gus Shihab is probably one of the best immigration attorney in the country and you can trust him completely with all your immigration needs. We could not have been happier for him to represent us in our immigration process and we highly recommend him.
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Posted by Srinivas N | April 26, 2021
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Green Card and Citizenship Issues
My wife and I hired attorney Shihab to file suit against the USCIS after they denied her citizenship application. To our shock the USCIS claimed that my wife’s green card was issued in error. She was a beneficiary on my employment based green card. USCIS alleged that my wife was not in valid status when she filed her derivative I-485 due to the fact that she was waiting on a project while on H-1B visa with her own employer. Mr. Shihab sued and filed a complaint against the USCIS in Federal Court in Virginia. To our amazement, the USCIS worked with Attorney Shihab and reissued my wife’s green card. Now the green card has been properly issued, the case was dismissed and settled with the USCIS. We will be applying for naturalization using Mr. Shihab’s firm. Throughout the entire process, Mr. Shihab was attentive, competent and guided us for the interview and responses to the USCIS. We truly consider him a friend. We highly recommend him and his team for your immigration issues.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2021
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A Top Tier Advocate for Immigrants
Mr. Shihab saved me from deportation due to a felony conviction. My case was very complicated, but Mr. Shihab was fully on top of all the details. At the hearings before the immigration judge, Mr. Shihab exemplified what it means to be a top tier advocate. He was very knowledgeable of the law, and appealed to a sense of justice that led to a favorable ruling. He is an excellent lawyer.
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Posted by Mohamed | April 5, 2021
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Consular Processing - Great Experience
I worked with Gus Shihab Law Firm to represent my wife's green card petition followed with consular processing. Attorney and team members are very knowledgeable, and responded to all my questions via email in a timely manner. They made sure all the petitions were filed and fees were paid on time, very accurate, gave the opportunity to review and impressed on how their team organized the supporting documents. We started the process right before the Covid, and my wife got her visa approved a few weeks ago. During this unprecedented time, all my concerns were taken seriously, and they provided practical solutions to it. I highly recommend Gus Shihab Law Firm to my family and friends with their immigration process. Also, I would like to thank their team for working on my petition, and helping us throughout the process. Overall, I had a great experience during this process, and I trust them.
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Posted by Reham | March 27, 2021
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Rest assured your case is in good hands!
I hired Mr. Shihab for my Change of Status application almost 3 years ago, and after seeing how professional he and his associates were, I decided to hire him again for my Adjustment of Status application. Mr. Shihab and his associates worked above and beyond to file my documents on time - very professional work and great follow-up. They even were proactive and scheduled an an appointment to discuss my Green Card interview a week before the appointment date with the USCIS. They followed up with me after the interview to make sure everything went well, until I have received my Permanent Resident Card a week ago :) I am not usually the kind of person who writes reviews; however, when it came to what Mr. Shihab and his team has done to my case, and how nice, professional, and understanding they were, I couldn't help myself from doing so. A very well deserved 5 stars!
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2021
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Highly Recommended Lawyer
I retained the services of Gus Shihab for my green card application as an Alien of Extraordinary Abilities and subsequent Application for Permanent Residence. Both of my applications were approved without any questions from the Immigration Office. Mr. Shihab was qualified and always answered my questions no matter how many emails I sent. Some of his responses were within minutes. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Raj | February 17, 2021
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Excellent Immigration services
Gus is very thorough, knowledgeable, good communicator, and represents the best interests of his clients. Besides being an outstanding professional, Gus also has very nice personality, and it was a pleasure to work with him . I would definitely recommend Gus and his team!
Posted by Joseph | January 20, 2021
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***NTA under section 240 - Notice of Hearing In Removal Proceeding for Over stay***
***NTA under section 240 - Notice of Hearing In Removal Proceeding for Over stay*** My mom from India used to visit us in the U.S on B2 visa (tourist), last year after her last visit to U.S we received a “Notice To Appear and Removal Proceeding for Over stay” under section 240 from DHS and from local immigration court /ICE, my mom departed the US long before we received this notice and she did NOT overstay. I tried contacting DHS and local immigration court to communicate to them about this notice that was issued by error, but no luck. This Notice To Appear will stop her from entering the U.S in the future and she is the only family I have, I tried several times to communicate to DHS/ICE, DHS NTA unit and local immigration court by sending all the document proof that I have on her departure from U.S and did not overstay, but no reply back from any of the department. I gave up, and started searching online for Attorney, I found Mr.Shihab with very good reviews, so I contacted him the same day. Talked to him for 15 minutes, I got confidence, he listened to me and answered all my questions in the initial consultation. He explained me the process and how to resolve his case, I signed up and within a week he submitted the paperwork to Chief Counsel and he sent me the proof for submitting all the documents and also he talked to them about this case. In 4 weeks the Chief Counsel agreed and recommended to the immigration court to DISMISS the case based on Mr.Shihab points. Two weeks after that the Immigration court GRANTED to DISMISS the case without prejudice. I am so happy, NO WORDS TO SAY, HE IS THE BEST.
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Posted by Anahita | November 6, 2020
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Great team, Excellent service
Mr. Shihab himself and his team are experts in immigration services. They are very knowledgable in their field and there were always extremely responsible and confident in what they did. I had a very smooth on time process with them for my green card application. Other than their excellent professional expertise I should mention how kind and responsive they are which made this commonly stressful process much easier. I cannot stress enough how responsible and well informed they are. Year 2020 were there were so many sudden immigration changes in law happened they were always on top of their game and ready to address any concerns very fast. I truly recommend them to anyone in need of immigration attorney.
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Posted by Amar | October 31, 2020
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Very skilled IMMIGRATION EXPERT team
Is your immigration case challenging or having sleepless nights? Then switch to Gus Shihab, you will never regret it. I know Gus for a long time, he is very professional and truly an expert. He leads and keeps the communication very transparent and always take the extra mile and does the right homework, incase if your case is complicated or requires more analysis. I worked with many other attorneys teams, but this team is excellent. He has been the go-to Immigration attorney for me and for my friends for many years, he helped me and many of my friends to get Green cards. I truly thank and recommend Gus and his team for immigration needs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-560 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co.,LPA
  • 1996 - Present
  • Project Engineer
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • 1985 - 1996

Education

  • Capital University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Gordon Proctor v. French Hardware
  • Prevailed on appeal for the property owners.
  • Frankllin County Convention Facilities Authority v. CP Maple Street, LLC
  • $8,000,000

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Chapter Chair & Member of the Board of Governors
  • 2009 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2007
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2007
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Publications

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Imperfect Naturalzation
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Imperfect Naturalization
  • 2011
  • Immigration Law Update
  • Immigration
  • 2009
  • 7th Annual Ohio AILA Conference
  • Immigration Law
  • 2009
  • 5th Annual Ohio AILA Immigration Law Update
  • Alternatives to H-1B Visas
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (3)
Endorse Ghassan
Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm pleased to endorse Ghassan. He is a top-notch immigration attorney and zealous advocate for his clients. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Shihab. He demonstrates an impressive knowledge of the law based on his accurate legal answers on Avvo. He is an asset to the legal field and respected by colleagues."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Shihab as a valuable member our profession and of this forum. Attorneys who participate in this forum are providing useful information for those in need and should be commended. Further, the type of information conveyed is in the true spirit of professionalism where information is provided to help those in need which is the underpinning of the legal profession. Often the users of this forum are given second opinions that expand on information or provide contradictory information. Providing information empowers the uninformed to go forward with confronting their legal problems. I recommend and endorse this attorney for all listed areas of practice in his profile."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity of working with Gus Shihab and I have come to know him as an exceptionally intelligent and professional attorney who has contributed greatly to the field of Immigration. I endorse him for his work and dedication to helping his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Attorney Ghassan Shihab based on the quality of his legal work and the answers he provides to the community through Avvo. Attorney Shihab is a a passionate immigration advocate who really cares about his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this attorney based on the quality of his work and his vast experience. Attorney Ghassan Marwan Shihab is a passionate immigration advocate who really cares about his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a fierce and unrelenting advocate. -Khaja"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Early in my legal career, I had the opportunity to work for Gus Shihab. In my brief time there, I learned that Gus is second to none in immigration law. On top of that expertise, Gus is a Professional Engineer and speaks several languages fluently. You'd be hard pressed to find a smarter lawyer."
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Fairfax Immigration Lawyer Ghassan Marwan Shihab
Ghassan Marwan Shihab
Immigration Attorney
Fairfax, VA
Licensed for 30 years
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