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US Immigration Attorney Shahzad Ahmed is a Board Certified Immigration Attorney, one of only 8 percent of lawyers in the state of Florida to be certified as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law.  He was awarded the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in 2015.  

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.   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.

Human Rights Work

Mr. Ahmed is a Human Rights Defender and advocate. Human Rights Defenders are described in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights Defenders. Under Article 11 of the Declaration, lawyers who are Human Rights Defenders, are to protect the human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. Mr. Ahmed represents his clients in their applications for asylum in the United States. Additionally, he advocates against persecution of individuals overseas, and engages in tolerance training locally.

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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.


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



Languages spoken: Urdu, Hindi, English, Arabic

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


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


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Ahmed. Truly exceptional and caring immigration attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people in his area to contact him for help.


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Contact info

NeJame Law

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


FLMember in Good Standing199806/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
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
Association namePosition nameDuration - Present
Zindagi Trust, USABoard of Directors2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney2010 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAttorney2000 - Present
Florida BarAttorney1998 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)Vice Chair - Orlando2013 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)Director2010 - 2011
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
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
International Law SectionHuman Rights Defender, Shahzad Ahmed, files Asylum for Iranian Christian2016
NeJame LawDefending Asia Bibi – A Glimmer of Hope2015
NeJame LawThe E-2 Investor Visa2015
NeJame LawAsylum -- For Those Who Migrate in the Cause of God2015
NeJame LawTime running short to save Asia Bibi: My Word2015
NeJame LawAsylum--For Those Who Migrate in the Cause of God2015
The Orlando SentinelMuslims must better protect Hajj pilgrims: From The Community2015
NeJame LawTaking the Hate Out of Immigration2015
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
NeJame LawWhat Is SB 1070; Why Is It Understandable, Yet Wrong; And What is the Solution2012
NeJame LawDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What Notaries Do Not Know!2012
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
NeJame LawApplying for US Citizenship2011
NeJame LawThe B-2 Option - Your Family's Visit To The U.S.2011
NeJame LawYour TAXES and IMMIGRATION Consequences2011
NeJame LawNew Investor Visa - E-2 CNMI Investor Visa2011
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
NeJame LawMore Restrictions For Our Religious Workers2010
NeJame LawEB-5 Visas: Investing to Permanent Residency2010
NeJame LawPlanning For Your Citizenship2010
NeJame LawThe H-1B Visa: Background & UPDATES2010
NeJame LawTemporary Protected Status For Haitians2010
NeJame LawAmnesty: Are We There Yet?2010
Orlando SentinelMr. Ahmed's Immigration Q&A2010
Orlando SentinelMr. Ahmed's lawsuits against Federal Government for delayed cases2008
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