November 2015

Human Rights Defenders

Introduction

Dear Reader,

The last couple of months have been highly productive for Human Rights Defenders.  On the immigration front, Attorney Shahzad Ahmed received approvals for several L-1 visas.  Also, he filed an application for asylum for an Iranian Christian.  Please read.

Further, as a part of his Human Rights Defenders project, Mr. Ahmed conducted tolerance training of the local youth, as discussed below.

--IN DEFENSE OF THE REFUGEES:  There has been much political backlash against the refugees lately. The tragic Paris attacks have caused some confusion in the public, forcing it to choose between personal safety versus accommodating the victims of terror and war.

What most don't know is that the U.S. refugee program is a very thorough process which vets out and admits only top priority cases. It is not unusual for the application process to take 2 or even 3 years. Further, we Americans do not share the geographic situation of Europe which faces a continuous influx of refugees.

A "refugee" is a person who has fled his or her home country and applies for for refuge at the U.S. embassy in a third country. They must demonstrate that they have a well-founded fear of being persecuted on the account of either their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or because they belong to a particular social group. Many of them have lost their families in war or conflict. The applicant must wait outside of the United States until his or her application is accepted and then approved. Rigorous background and security checks are conducted.

Therefore, be American. Follow the tradition of Thanksgiving and welcome the refugees.--

Enjoy your newsletter and share with as many as possible.  And don’t forget to invite your friends to Attorney Ahmed’s Human Rights Defenders project at www.facebook.com/hrdefenders   


L-1 cases approved, Argentina, Trinidad and UAE

L-1 cases approved, Argentina, Trinidad and UAE

Last month, we received L-1 visa approvals for three foreign nationals, from Argentina, Trinidad and UAE.  As a result, the clients are eligible to work in the United States along with their spouse, and their children are able to attend school.

A big part of our immigration practice consists of business visas.  Business visas are often overlooked as a possible way of acquiring lawful status in the United States. Not all business visas require a large amount of capital.

One popular option is the L-1 visa. The L-1 Visa is available for executives, managers and persons with specialized knowledge who have been working for a foreign company and wish to transfer to its U.S. office. The U.S. office may be a new one or an existing one.  And the U.S. office is not limited to the same type of business as its foreign office.
For more information about the L-1 visa, see www.nejamelaw.com/l1-visa.html

--Pursuant to the rules of the Florida Bar, you are advised that if past results are mentioned, each case is different and those provided may not be representative of the results obtained by the lawyers.

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Shahzad Ahmed, Esq.
Partner at NeJame Law

189 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 1800
Orlando, Florida 32801
Phone:  (407) 500-0000
E-mail: ahmeds@nejamelaw.com


 Human Rights Defender, Shahzad Ahmed, files Asylum for Iranian Christian

~For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.~    Matthew 25:35 (ESV)

Attorney Shahzad Ahmed filed for asylum relief for an Iranian Christian.  The application is based upon the claim that if Mr. Ahmed’s client returns to Iran, he will be persecuted by Iran’s regime and its people.

The U.S. law of asylum is based upon the 1967 United Nations Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees and the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980. The law requires the U.S. to grant asylum to a foreign national within its borders if he has a well-founded fear of being persecuted in his home country.  The feared persecution must be on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or belonging to a particular social group.

Christians have long suffered persecution in Iran, a country run by theocratic clergy which is harshly biased against minority religions.  Apostasy in Iran (conversion out of Islam into another religion) is a crime punishable by death.  Even if the Iranian regime does not carry out the penalty, a convert potentially faces mob attacks or severe harassment, forcing him to practice his faith underground.

“For years, my client was forced to hide his faith and his feelings for it.  Thanks to the freedom of religion offered in the United States, he is now able to practice his faith freely.  He no longer feels threatened,” Attorney Ahmed said.

When asked how he feels about advocating for Christians while he himself is a Muslim, Mr. Ahmed replied, “I see no contradiction in that.  The Qur’an clearly states that ‘there is no compulsion in religion.’  So the so called ‘apostasy laws’ which some clergy believe in, I completely disagree with such laws and they should be dismissed by the clergy as non-Qur’anic.  My client deserves to practice his faith freely, and I vigorously defend his right to practice it.”   

--Shahzad Ahmed is an Immigration Lawyer, certified as an expert by the Florida Bar, and a Human Rights Defender.  To visit his project, see www.facebook.com/hrdefenders

#apostasy #Iranianchristians  #apostasyiniran

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Shahzad Ahmed, Esq.
Partner at NeJame Law

189 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 1800
Orlando, Florida 32801
Phone:  (407) 500-0000
E-mail: ahmeds@nejamelaw.com

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Attorney Shahzad Ahmed conducts Tolerance Training of Local Youth 

 

On October 25, 2015, Attorney Shahzad Ahmed, held a session of “Tolerance and Empowerment” for the youth at Masjid Tazkia in Ocoee.  Mr. Ahmed spoke to an audience of over 150 children, parents and teachers.  He discussed major challenges facing the children and families today including, bullying and blasphemy.  He discussed various tips to handling these issues and encouraged parent-child bonding for dealing with academic and societal challenges. 

As a part of his Human Rights Defenders project, Attorney Ahmed conducts tolerance training of the youth.  To visit Attorney Ahmed’s Human Rights Defenders project, see www.facebook.com/hrdefenders

--Shahzad Ahmed is an Immigration Lawyer, certified as an expert by the Florida Bar, and a Human Rights Defender. 

 

Q&A - My fiancé overseas

Q: Dear Immigration Counselors,
I recently became engaged to my fiancÚ in the U.K. What is the fastest way to bring here here in the U.S.? A.Z

A: Dear A.Z,
There are a few options to bring your fiancé to live in the U.S. with you. There is no one option that is right for everyone. There will be some personal considerations that come into play, such as, where do you both and your families want to have the wedding?  With the fiancé petition, the marriage will occur after she enters the U.S.  With the marriage petition, you would marry her overseas.  The fiancé petition requires that you must have had a meeting with your fiancé within the last two years.  Some exceptions apply.  Under the fiancé visa option, once your fiance enters the U.S., then you must marry her within ninety (90) days.  Then she would file to adjust her status to a lawful permanent resident (green card holder).  By contrast, under the marriage petition process, after marrying overseas, you would start the petition process.  And your spouse will enter as a lawful permanent resident, so there is no further processing to do once she enters the U.S.

To determine the best option for you, please get a full consultation from an experienced immigration attorney.

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To ask Immigration Counselors your questions, please email ahmeds@nejamelaw.com

 

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