At Shirazi Immigration Law, Inc., we have been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2001. We strive to provide our clients with energetic, effective and aggressive representation in all areas of American immigration law. Our representation includes deportation defense, naturalization, political asylum, federal litigation, as well as family and employment-based petitions. Our clients include: fiancés, spouses and other family members; international business persons; Olympic athletes; internationally recognized artists and scientists; and those who unfortunately find themselves in deportation proceedings.
What does the term “immigration” mean? If one wishes a strict definition, it means moving to the U.S. to take up a permanent residence. In reality, most people use the term “immigration” to convey a vast array of benefits and visa types available to qualified foreign nationals. To help organize the type of information that most people seek, we provide on these pages a general description of the types of the most commonly sought visas and benefits.
TO BEGIN, YOU MUST KEEP IN MIND FOUR THINGS:
- First, there are two main avenues for gaining permission to enter or remain in the United States: family or employment.
- Second, within the employment-based avenues, both temporary (known as “non-immigrant”) and permanent (known as “immigrant”) visas exist. Family-based visas are only for immigrants wishing to make their permanent home in the U.S.
- Third, the green card that so many desire is merely a card (no longer green) evidencing lawful permanent residence. Lawful permanent residence is achieved either by changing non-immigrant status to immigrant status in the U.S., known as “adjustment of status,” or by obtaining an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate abroad, known as “consular processing.”
- Last, most visas are limited in number. This means that a qualified applicant may need to wait for some period of time before receiving the desired visa.
Top Atlanta immigration attorney, Amna Shirazi grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and studied for her undergraduate degree at American University in Washington, DC. In 2000, she received a Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
As a well-known community educator, Ms. Shirazi is a constant and reliable source to Atlanta area newspapers who frequently publish her remarks about current immigrant issues and immigration policy. Ms. Shirazi also teaches seminars, writes op-ed pieces on immigration issues and has appeared in televised interviews in both Atlanta and Charlotte. An active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2001, she currently serves on the Advocacy Committee, chosen for her commitment to fight against HB87, the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Bill.
Ms. Shirazi has a successful immigration practice focusing on deportation defense, detention, asylum/human rights, family immigration, domestic violence and consular issues, and handles all manners of appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals as well as litigation in the federal courts. Amna Shirazi has been admitted to the State bar of Georgia; Supreme Court of Georgia; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
Ms. Shirazi is an active member of her community and is on the Steering Committee of the International Rescue Committee, an Advisory Board member of the Department of Religion at Georgia State University and on the Board of Mental Health America. She commits her time to numerous local charitable organizations and political causes. Ms. Shirazi most recently was awarded two prestigious awards, the Fulton County Daily Report “Rising Star” award for 2014 as well as being named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 under 40. She also teaches immigration law at Emory University and speaks on educational panels around the state about immigration.
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