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Elias Z. Shamieh

Immigration Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.8   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Elias

Learn Elias’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    70%
    At the Law Offices of Elias Z. Shamieh, we understand how complex and difficult immigration laws can be, so our concern is to ease you step-by-step through the immigration process in order to achieve your immigration goals. We handle all aspects of Immigration Law, including family based petitions, marriage petitions, fiancé visas, as well as work permits, waivers, political asylum, cancellation of removal, self petitioning applications, citizenship, and employment visas such as H1B, L1A, E2, R,

    37 years

  2. Asylum
    30%
    We handle all aspects of Immigration Law, including family based petitions, marriage petitions, fiancé visas, as well as work permits, waivers, political asylum, cancellation of removal, self petitioning applications, citizenship, and employment visas such as H1B, L1A, E2, R,

    37 years

Elias Shamieh is the founding attorney of the Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden. As a dedicated San Francisco immigration attorney—and an immigrant himself—Attorney Shamieh is committed to fighting for the rights of foreign nationals. At the firm, he regularly assists clients with a wide range of U.S. immigration issues, including deportation, asylum, visas, green cards, naturalization, and more. For over 30 years, he has made it his mission to provide every client with personalized, compassionate legal services aimed at securing the best possible outcome. Call the Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden today for an initial consultation.

Location

Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden
605 Market Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA, 94105

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Wisam Albaghdadi | May 19, 2022
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The Best attorney
My family and I are pleased with Mr. Elias Shamieh and his team's great work. Thanks to their hard work. Mr. Shamieh was always available to answer our doubts and he geniunly cares for his clients. You cannot go wrong with him. If you are looking for an immigration attorney and a positive outcome, I highly recommed Mr. Shamieh
Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2022
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They make it happen
Mr.Elias Shamieh has been representing me for the past 10 years, and finally, I won the case. It was very difficult but he did it. He is professional, respectful, and very knowledgeable. He went above and beyond on my case, and he took his time to meet me even during holidays when he could have spent time with his family. Even if you can't speak English, that is no problem, and all the staff at Shamieh Shamieh and Ternieden were absolutely great! Even when Mr.Elias was on vacation, I was taken care of by Mr.Ghassan Shamieh and he was a godsend. Mr.Ghassan went above and beyond as well and took care of all my questions and concerns. I highly recommend this law office for all your immigration needs if you want to win.
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Posted by Joyce Mbugua/ Joyce Kariuki | February 1, 2022
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recommendation
My name is Joyce Mbugua formerly know as Joyce Kariuki. Mr Elias Shamieh helped me with my Emigration case for a green card. He is a man I would recommend to anyone because of the experience I had with him. He will not take advantage of you or over charge you and he’ll get you case through. Besides he is a very respectful man. So if you need an Emigration lawyer, that is the man to hier
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Posted by FADI | January 27, 2022
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Best lawyer i have ever seen .
My journey to bring my wife in USA (I-130, Petition for Alien Relative ) has been a very stressful one but after I contacted Law Offices of Shamieh, he laid everything out for me clearly and helped me every step of the way. We started from nothing and Natasha Massarweh ( Operation and Case manager ) in the office worked very hard with me . She was available any time i needed her and always made sure i were on top of what i needed to do. Natasha guided me not only through this case but also gave me a lot of life advice because in the end of the day i needed a lot of help. Natasha was there for my case in more ways than i can even imagine and i am so thankful that i dealt with her and could work with her. I agree that this was the best decision i have made by far. She is passionate about her cases just as she was with my immigration case and was determined to come out of it successfully. She gave me the hope and confidence i needed when i thought that we couldnt do it anymore. I recommend her and the law offices of Shamieh to anyone that needs immigration service and i am very happy that Natasha was the case manager of my immigration case . FG. Berkeley, CA.
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Posted by Glen | January 7, 2022
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Tricky Greencard application
I needed someone to help me with all the paperwork and the red tape on a tricky Green Card application and was under a very short timeframe. Both Ray and Elias were very helpful and did all the hard work for me. I always felt I knew exactly where my case was and what they needed from me to make sure that I was successful. Even down to the day of the final interview, Mr Shamieh made me feel less stressed and really helped me get over any nervousness that I was feeling. They really do care about your case and want to make sure that you are successful. I fully recommend them for any immigration issues that you have.
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Posted by Waled | October 9, 2021
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immigration case
Mr. Shamieh has went above and beyond with helping me on my case. I have worked closely with him for about 6 years, and I'm proud to say that I have just been scheduled for my Oath Ceremony. From the very beginning Mr. Shamieh was very compassionate and showed great attention to detail. We first applied for a green card after I got married, then we applied for an i751 and then a N400. It took about 5 years in total. Mr. Shamieh was there every step of the way and I was always informed in great detail of the next step in the process with the ultimate goal of citizenship. We have now reached the end and I highly recommend Mr. Shamieh for any immigration needs!
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2021
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Extensive experience
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Mr. Elias Shamieh for his professionalism, kindness and caring personality. Thank you!! Big thank you to Mr. Gassan Shamieh for helping out in the final process of my case and as well the office staff!
Posted by Ayman | April 1, 2019
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Mr.
I had an excellent experience working on my asylum case with Mr. Shamieh, who proved to be by far the best immigration lawyer I came across in my search for a lawyer to handle my asylum case. His extensive experience and knowledge of immigration law came through in his insights on the immigration process, its requirements and likely outcomes, which proved to be very accurate in every step of the way. His extensive track record in immigration law was also evident in the guidance he gave me in preparation of my case filing and interview, where he knew all the immigration officers, from the building security to my interviewer.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2019
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Excellent office
مكتب متميز بالأشخاص العاملين فيه والأستاذ الياس افضل محامي هجرة وشكرا جزيلا لتعاونكم ومجهودكم
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2019
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Complicated case? No problem for this office!
I went to several attorneys and even signed up with them for my wife's very complicated case. When I found Mr. Shamieh and had a consultation with him he took the case on and they got her out of removal proceedings and even got her a green card. When I say her case was complicated I mean it. Several previous lawyers weren't even willing to take the case on but Mr. Shamieh didn't hesitate. He told me the pros and cons of the different approaches, told me nothing is guaranteed but that he would work his hardest for my family. And he did just that. Thank you SO much Mr. Shamieh. My family and I are forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2019
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Efficient, responsive and gets good results!
Mr. Shamieh and his entire staff are an incredible team. I've been a client for years and they've helped me through many different immigration issues--all were successful thanks to them. There were never any problems in communicating with the attorneys or the staff and they were always responsive, efficient and accommodating. I refer anyone and everyone I can to this office and I highly recommend anyone reading this to utilize their services.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2018
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Immigration
Good lawyer and well known for his 30 years experience in law specifically immigration law. He went great lengths and was very thorough in explaining the situation we are in to us as well as what options we had. We were granted our citizenship through the rout we choose thanks to Mr. Shamiehs expertise and advice as well as the knowledge and professionalism of his staff. They kept us up to date with what was going on the entire process and I appreciate that.
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Posted by Wasfi | November 14, 2018
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He helped me so much asylum
Mr. Shamieh helped me with my asylum case and was good all along. I appreciate him for changing my life and helping my family. I cannot thank him enough.
Posted by Chris | November 13, 2018
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I am so relieved
Mr. Elias Shamieh was a perfect fit for my family and I. We interviewed many lawyers to take on the complex case that is our family and he handled it with professionalism and respect. His fees weren’t unreasonable and I happily paid because I respect and appreciate the attention and results my case received. Thank you!!
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2018
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AmaIng experience
Mr. Shamieh helped me through my entire citizenship process. It was smooth quick and fair. I appreciate Mr. Shamieh and the entire staff for their work on my successful case! Fees were very fair too!
Posted by Mohammad | November 12, 2018
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Successful adjustment
Mr. Shamieh did a great job for me. Patient and understand and clearly very knowledgeable. He gave me great advice with a very reasonable fee.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2018
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The best attorney
I want to apply for asylum case I ask a lot of people which attorney I can go every one I asked him told me about Shameih office then I do my search after that I decide to go meet him the first time I see him and we talk a lot I know no one can handle my case like him he is a professional attorney I feel safe with him He know exactly what he do Cause now I have my asylum approval 4000 words it’s not enough to talk about mr Shameih And he bring my wife and my two kids to me He is the best
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Posted by Faisal | November 8, 2018
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Mr. Elias Best Best lawyer In USA
Mr. Shamieh is the best lawyer... I have applied my asylum through Shamieh Office and get my recommended approval already.. the law office always help in everything legally help u to translate and fill up the application.. and thanks for the team office keeps calling me always if I forget something and update me with everything new they really take a good care of their Clients...
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Posted by Ibrahim | November 8, 2018
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The ultimate choice
Office communication is very good Lawyer is really experienced and smart how to obtain your goal Mr. Shamieh has built excellent relationships with all immigration people:officers, Government lawyers and Judges I recommend him strongly
Posted by Tariq Alazzeh | November 8, 2018
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Great lawyer
Mr. Elias was handling my father case he was able to do all the paperwork and he knows what he’s doing made it so easy for us I highly recommend him he is one of the best.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden
  • 1988 - Present

Education

  • New College of California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • San Francisco State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Asylum
  • The family was granted Asylum
  • Successful Asylum
  • Asylum Granted
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Successful Adjustment of Status
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Cantonese
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Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Immigration Law Attorney for California
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys - Exceptional & Outstanding Client Service
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Northern California chapter) Meeting
  • LA-8 Presentation
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Shamieh is well versed in immigration law. He takes on tough cases and gets positive results for his many clients."
Immigration Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Elias is an experienced knowledgeable immigration attorney with whom I have consulted many times. His advice and counsel has been very helpful."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Elias Shamieh is well respected in the community as an excellent communicator with adept knowledge and practical experience as an immigration attorney. If ever I have questions on immigration law, I turn to Mr. Shamieh for reasoned advice and counsel."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I respect Mr. Shamieh for carefully determining whether his law practice is a good fit for each prospective client. Mr. Shamieh has a legal niche that he knows. When an issue is outside his niche, he will gladly refer the prospective client to another attorney who is very familiar with the issue and in whose work Mr. Shamieh has confidence."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Elias Shamieh since 1995. I have referred several cases to him involving deportation/removal defense. He is experienced and creative in helping clients find legal solutions."
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San Francisco Immigration Lawyer Elias Z. Shamieh
Elias Z. Shamieh
Immigration Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 35 years