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Shahid Ul Haque

Immigration Attorney at Helena, MT

5.0   40 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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    Shahid Haque dedicates his practice to helping immigrants obtain legal status in the United States and pursue all that the country has to offer.

    15 years

Shahid Haque dedicates his practice to helping immigrants obtain legal status in the United States and pursue all that the country has to offer. Mr. Haque assists clients with a wide variety of immigration matters, including applications with the consulates abroad and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, representing clients arrested by the Department of Homeland Security, and defending immigrants in deportation proceedings in Immigration Court.

Mr. Haque has represented over a thousand immigrants and their families all across Montana.  Mr. Haque helps clients with a wide variety of family and employment based visas. He has won asylum for over  twenty refugees who fled from their home countries to escape torture, persecution, and death on account of their political or religious beliefs. He has also won cancellation of removal for numerous clients in contested deportation proceedings — one of the most difficult forms of relief to win due to its high burden of proof.

Mr. Haque has advocated for immigrants’ rights by bringing lawsuits in state and federal court to challenge unconstitutional laws and policies that discriminate against immigrants in Montana. He successfully challenged LR-121, an anti-immigrant voter-approved referendum, and thanks to his efforts the law was found unconstitutional.

In 2013, he filed a class action lawsuit against the Montana Highway Patrol to challenge its practice of detaining Latino drivers and passengers solely for the purpose of checking into their immigration status.  In 2015, he prevailed with a judgment in his favor. Under a new policy, troopers cannot ask about immigration status based solely on a person’s race, ethnicity or language abilities.  Nor can they demand drivers or passengers tell them their immigration status or detain people who choose not to answer.  Montana is now one of the only states with a clear policy prohibiting this conduct.

In November 2016, Mr. Haque won a settlement of $125,000 against Jefferson County, Montana on behalf of a Mexican immigrant who was sexually assaulted while in immigration custody in that facility.

In the Fall of 2015, Mr. Haque taught immigration law at the University of Montana School of Law. Mr. Haque is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is also the founder and President of the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”), a statewide non-profit organization focused on immigrant justice issues. You can read about MIJA’s mission by clicking here.

In 2017, Mr. Haque was the recipient of the ACLU's Jeannette Rankin Civil Liberties Award, in acknowledgement of his service to immigrants in the State of Montana.

Mr. Haque lobbies for fair immigration policies in the Montana Legislature, and teaches training courses for immigrants and allies on immigration law, debunking myths about immigrants, knowing your rights when dealing with law enforcement, and the need for comprehensive immigration reform. In 2010, Mr. Haque trained at the Western States Center’s Community Strategic Training Initiative in Portland.

Mr. Haque earned his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, with High Honors, in 2005. During his first year in law school, he won the West Publishing Award for earning the highest GPA in his class. Mr. Haque served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, where he also published a scholarly article on labor and immigration policy. Upon graduation, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and won the school’s Bar & Gavel Award for outstanding service to the immigrant community. During law school, Mr. Haque was an intern with the National Immigrant Justice Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Sociology from the University of Southern Indiana in 2001.

Mr. Haque is a member of the Illinois and Montana Bars, and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for Montana and the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Haque represents immigrants throughout the country, and has appeared before Immigration Courts in numerous states.

Mr. Haque resides in Helena, Montana with his wife, Sandra, and his family.

For a consultation with Mr. Haque, please submit our online form.

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Licensed for 17 years
State MT
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 07/16/2015
State IL
Status Voluntarily Inactive
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/11/2022

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Posted by Gabriela Bagby | November 21, 2022
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Expensive but great service
Shahid was always looking for news and guide us in the process. Really careful help my husband and me if we need something extra! I’m so glad we have got the green card!
Posted by Sandor | October 20, 2022
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Best Lawyer!!!
We couldn't be happier with Shahid's services. A simple thank you just isn't enough to show our appreciation for what he has done for us. He got everything done quickly. Was straight to the point. Responded in a timely fashion and there was never a question in our minds that we weren't in good hands. We put our livelihood in his hands and we are so thankful we did! If anyone needs any kind of immigration help or support we can only recommend him.
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Posted by Javon | October 1, 2022
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Great Firm
Definitely recommend these guys. Made my immigration process seem so easy for them to figure out and provide the results I desired.
Posted by Tyler Jean Avila | August 9, 2022
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He has changed our lives
Shahid has completely changed our lives and gave us piece of mind and comfort the whole road there. He responded in a timely manner to our questions and concerns. Notified us on everything and We were never left in the dark! It was quite refreshing really. I recommend him and his team to anyone that is willing to be open and honest with him to get what they need to change their lives.
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2022
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The best
Shahid is a great lawyer who knows how to use his experience to persuade a judge. My case with him was a very easy process. It might be rare but he got my green card without even the interview, isn't that awsome?
Posted by Shengnan | May 30, 2022
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Very helpful!
Shahid was professional and very helpful. He helped me with the green card application process throughout a whole year, and continues to help me with future needs. Highly recommend!!!
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2022
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Recommend
Shahid was very helpful with my immigration procedures and very quickly responded to any questions we had. He made the whole process very easy and much less stressful.
Posted by Oliver | February 3, 2022
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Definitely Recommend!
Shahid is someone I would certainly recommend for immigration help! He suggested great information and was very professional. He is organized and helped us manage all our paperwork. Overall he did a remarkable job!
Posted by Michael V. | January 29, 2022
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Five Stars!
If you need any immigration help, Shahid is the best in the business! He will take care of everything from start to finish. Highly recommended.
Posted by Ibrahin | January 18, 2022
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Highly recommended!
My experience with Shahid was excellent. After a very bad experience waiting for another immigration attorney in Montana for over a year to advise me in the legal process to get my green card, that he defined as very complicated, I discovered that this attorney did almost nothing to help my case. It was almost impossible to get a hold of my former attorney, and we were getting very frustrated, so my boss, who was sponsoring my work visa, decided to hire Shahid, even after losing $2k with our deposit for the former attorney. Shahid took my case, and in our first meeting, he had a solid plan on how to approach my case, which turned out to be very successful. With his help, I was able to achieve my goal of getting my permanent residency. Shahid was very patient and answered all our questions in detail, and his response time was always very efficient. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs legal advice for their immigration and residency status. He is excellent!
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Posted by Vanessa | December 8, 2021
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Great Attorney
Mr. Shahid has been helping me several times on the renewal of my daca permit, I feel very confident when he is working on my case because he has a great sense of responsibility and professionalism doing all his work in order to get my permit on time,I highly recommend his services to anyone who needs help on immigration legal services.
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Posted by Matt | October 27, 2021
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Wonderful Attorney
Before I met my wife, her brother had applied for a green card on her behalf while working with a previous lawyer. While the other lawyer was nice, he was inexperienced with immigration law, and the net result was that her application was filed incorrectly and ultimately abandoned because of the inexperience of the lawyer. This set her immigration status back 3-4 years. After searching other alternatives, we started the process over with Shahid, who organized the correct documentation, timeline, and legal advice on how to proceed. It's a nerve-wracking process, and making a single mistake can cause serious setback and delays, even denial. Make no mistake, this is not an easy process, and there are many roads to failure. We were very grateful to be able to work with Shahid and have access to an experienced and compassionate immigration attorney to represent us. We had an open line of communication with him throughout the process. You will have many questions, and while the burden of providing documentation will be on the applicants, Shahid helped maneuver all of the details and gave peace of mind to a process that is complicated and stressful. We successfully obtained an approval for green card status today, and couldn't be happier with the outcome. If you are serious about receiving a green card and future citizenship, you will want to be as efficient with your time and money, and reduce your risk of failure by using an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. Thank you Shahid, we are forever grateful.
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Posted by Firuz | October 27, 2021
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Great Attorney
Shahid was great at listening and analyzing and advising what needs to be done to significantly increase our chances of getting approved. He was good at communicating and organizing paperwork and prompt on submitting documents. We really liked his work, now we have him as our attorney for another immigration case.
Posted by Daisy | August 25, 2021
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Great immigration Lawyer!
First of all very nice and responsible. Always replied in a timely manner, helped with every doubt we had along the way. Helped me get my citizenship, and my husband his green card. Overall a fantastic Job!
Posted by John | February 7, 2021
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Great Advocate
Shahid made a complex process simple by breaking it down into achievable pieces.. He’s responsive, easy to work with (even remotely), and affordable. Because he’s specialized he has deep expertise in immigration law and is familiar with any recent developments. I would highly recommend anyone applying for a Green Card work with Shahid.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
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Green Card Replacement
They helped me when I needed it, although it took almost 8 months after submitting the application, shahid was always on top of it!! I highly recommend!!
Posted by Arwen | January 22, 2021
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Got it done!
Don't go it alone. He helped me when I was having trouble navigating government burocracy around proving my citizenship. He and his team helped me contact the right people, fill out forms correctly, and got it cleared up. It was reassuring knowing a professional like Shahid was in my corner! Highly recommended.
Posted by Nekruz | January 19, 2021
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A Win Over A Difficult Case
I had my first interview with USCIS, and it did not go well. I was strongly suggested to get a lawyer. I was told I have a very low chance of success in this case. I contacted Mr. Haque, and without any promises of success, he agreed to help me. He was very efficient to respond to my concerns. At the end, we won.
Posted by Marie | December 5, 2020
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Immigration
I recommend Shahid for any Immigrant issues, He’s very patient, and helpful, He helped me with getting My residency and my Citizenship as well . I’m now a US Citizen I’m very grateful.
Posted by Viktoriia | November 1, 2020
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Amazing attorney
My husband and I found Shahid from Border Crossing Law Firm essential in our success with navigating and receiving a positive outcome in our adventure through my change of status request through the US Immigration Office in Helena, MT. We decided early in our quest to seek representation, and Shahid was there to answer all questions that did arise giving us security and knowledge for our success in adjustment of status. We met with Shahid prior to our wedding so that we would have a good understanding of the process that would be involved in getting married to my now husband who is a US-born citizen. I arrived in the USA under J-1 exchange visa, with no intention of falling in love and staying here beyond my visa. We filed all the necessary forms under Shahid’s supervision which meant that everything was filed properly. Shahis was helpful in time frames that we were able to honor my visa contract as well as stay compliant and start the process in good standing with immigration and moving forward with as little complications as possible which was actually checked during our interview. By the time we got to the interview we have experienced the shut down nationwide of Covid-19 which seemed to effect immigration and prolonged our processing time. Fortunately we had Shahid so we felt like immigration lawfully contacted him in instances they notified him rather than us which might have been a hole or maybe trap in which we would have fell victims too. However having Shahid I believe made it so that immigration was more straightforward with requests or requirements that needed to proceed with our case. Bottomline we would highly recommend anyone in need of an immigration attorney to hire Shahid. Finally, we’d like to give you some dates of how our case developed: November 2019 - We sent the documents to USCIS December 2019 - Biometrics Appointment March 2020 - Interview scheduled but then cancelled due to Covid-19 August 2020 - Interview October 2020 - I got the Green Card (might have been earlier unless we had to send a new I-693 form).
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • President
  • Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance
  • 2008 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Montana School Of Law
  • 2015 - 2017

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Rios-Diaz v. Montana Highway Patrol
  • Won
  • Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance v. Bullock
  • Won

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Jeannette Rankin Civil Liberties Award
  • ACLU
  • 2017
  • Neil Haight Pro Bono Award
  • State Bar of Montana
  • 2009
  • Bar & Gavel Award for outstanding service to the community
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2005
  • CALI Award for highest grade in several classes
  • CALI
  • 2003
  • West Publishing Award for the highest GPA
  • West Publishing Group
  • 2002
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Publications

  • The Montana Lawyer
  • Representing Immigrant Victims of Domestic Abuse Abusive spouses’ manipulation of the system and misguided police enforcement cause additional troubles for immigrant survivors of abuse.
  • 2015
  • Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • Beyond Hoffman Plastic: Reforming National Labor Relations Policy to Conform to the Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • "What Non-Immigration Lawyers Need to Know About Immigration Law" and Update on Immigration Laws
  • Immigration
  • 2015
  • Immigration Law and Immigrants’ Rights in Montana: A workshop for campus and community professionals
  • Immigration Law
  • 2014
  • "What Non-Immigration Lawyers Need to Know About Immigration Law"
  • Immigration
  • 2014
  • Sex Trafficking Victims and Immigrant Victims of Domestic Abuse CLE
  • Immigration
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Haque-Hausrath is hands down the best immigration attorney in Montana. I have personally seen is dedication and commitment to his clients and his successful results on many occasions."
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Helena Immigration Lawyer Shahid Ul Haque
Shahid Ul Haque
Immigration Attorney
Helena, MT
Licensed for 17 years