Michigan Immigration Attorneys
Located in Southeastern Michigan, Ahmad & Akbar was founded on the simple principal of providing our clients with the absolute best legal advice and service to help them achieve their personal and business goals and dreams. With more than 25 combined years of legal expertise, Ahmad & Akbar is dedicated to providing our clients with superior legal services in a prompt and efficient manner at a reasonable cost. While other law firms offer a standard cookie cutter approach, the attorneys at Ahmad & Akbar understand that in today's market place, customized legal solutions demand a more personalized approach. In our experience, the corner stone of executing an effective sound legal strategy in every case is open, honest, and frank communication. We know that one of the most valuable tools available in developing a customized legal solution is the interaction and privileged communication between attorney and client. This is how we are able to harmonize our specialized case specific legal strategy with our clients' goals. At Ahmad and Akbar we believe that you only get out of each case what you put into it. That's why we are determined to serve each of our clients with unmatched dedication and passion to help them face their legal challenge head on.
900 Wilshire Dr.
Troy MI 48084
9AM - 5PM
English, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish
We represent clients in both affirmative and defensive applications for asylum.
Thank you for contacting our firm. Our firm has extensive experience with both affirmative asylum applications (at the administrative level) as well as defensive applications for asylum filed in removal proceedings. Our firm takes great pride in presenting your case in the most favorable light. We will interview you and your family members thoroughly and review any documentation you may have in order to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of your claim before putting together the strongest legal argument for the approval of your petition. Contact us today to get started!
We will defend you in your time of need!
At Ahmad & Akbar we know how difficult it is for you or your loved ones to go through the Deportation and Removal process. It is important to know that this is not the end of the road! Many people think that a Notice to Appear in immigration court for removal proceedings is the end of the road. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Our firm takes great pride in finding legal alternatives and defenses to Deportation and Removal for our clients. There are many forms of relief for Deportation including but not limited to: -Cancellation of Removal -Withholding of Removal -Adjustment of Status -Deferral of Removal -Withholding under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) -Asylum We also represent clients in their bond hearing proceedings. If you or a loved one are facing removal proceedings please contact our firm in order to understand your rights and your options!
We represent clients in green card applications
A Green Card application or Adjustment of Status refers to the process which permits foreign nationals legally already in the US, who are eligible to receive an immigrant visa and for whom immigrant visa number is immediately available, to apply for immigrant status. Individuals that qualify for adjustment of status are any foreign nationals in the US who meet the requirements of an I-485 petition through family, employment or asylum. The family members of the foreign national also qualify for adjustment of status - such as spouses and foreign born unmarried children under the age of twenty-one. There are many advantages for an applicant eligible for an adjustment of status. First, the foreign national can maintain valid status in the U.S. while your Adjustment of Immigration Status application is being processed. Also, the foreign national can concurrently apply for AOS with immediate relative green card and employment-based first, second, and third categories. Also, an applicant who is denied AOS can appeal. Overall, the fundamental benefit of the adjustment of status for a foreign national is that it is the final stage in receiving a green card. If you have any questions regarding the green card process please contact Ahmad & Akbar so that our experienced attorneys can assist you with your inquiries.
We represent clients in all aspects of Immigration Law
Immigration situations that we come in contact with would include: Adjustment of Status Asylum Concurrent Filing (of I-140 and I-485) Consular Processing EB-1 (a) (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) EB-1 (b) (Outstanding Professors/Researchers) EB-1 (c) (Managers and Executive Transferees) EB-2 (Immigrant Petitions) EB-3 Foreign Nurses Immigration Labor Certification (PERM) Naturalization/Citizenship NIW (National Interest Waiver) Travel Documents Work Permit Do not let the fancy arrangements of numbers, letters, and legalese intimidate you. With Ahmad & Akbar, Attorneys at Law, in your corner, your business or family immigration case is in good hands. We are dedicated and Michigan-based; we know the people of our region and their problems. You can trust us to get the kind of results many associate with older, larger law firms. Permanent Residence Michigan U.S. Citizenship Attorneys At the Troy law offices of Ahmad & Akbar, Attorneys at Law, we strive for excellence for our clients in the fields of permanent residence and green card status, as only a client-committed, community-involved, energetic young law firm can. When you need help with this aspect of immigration law, call on us. You can benefit from our experience, creative solutions, and client focus. "Permanent Residency" Defined A green card is usually the long-range goal of most noncitizens and can give the holder permanent resident status. It is the primary path to long-term employment prospects and acquiring the freedom to exit and return to our country. It allows you to get a Social Security number and receive all the other benefits that come with being a resident of the United States. The seasoned, sensitive immigration lawyers of Ahmad & Akbar will thoroughly and carefully see you through the green card process, no matter which of several routes you choose: employment, family, or asylum or refugee status. We will make sure you know about any deadlines involved and any required documents. Our years of immigration experience have brought us in contact with countless clients whose goal was permanent resident status followed by naturalization and citizenship. We can be of service to you too, effectively and cost-efficiently. Applications and Appeals Some of the available green card categories carry long waiting periods. If you are eligible to apply for permanent residence status in more than one of them, we can inform you of the pros and cons of each category. If an appeal of your application denial is necessary, we are glad to advocate for you in that forum and persuasively represent your interests. Let Ahmad & Akbar Help If your permanent residence or green card status is in question or if you know someone whose green card is, we can arrive at a creative solution for your immigration law dilemma. We are Ahmad & Akbar, Attorneys at Law, in Troy. We look forward to meeting you during your initial consultation, scheduled by phone, fax, or e-mail. Let us evaluate your potential case. Interpreters are available for speakers of other languages. Family-Based Immigration At the Troy, Michigan, law offices of Ahmad & Akbar, we work to reunite families. Our experience with immigration law allows us to effectively reunite our clients with their families as quickly as is possible. We offer statewide, nationwide and worldwide legal guidance through the U.S. immigration process. You may be a U.S. citizen who is engaged to a foreign national. You may be a U.S. legal permanent resident seeking a spouse's visa to come to the U.S. We are prepared to help in these and other family immigration situations. Please contact us for an initial consultation, so we can learn the details of your case and outline an appropriate course of action. We are sympathetic to how relationships and situations can change. For this reason, we also assist individuals--both sponsors and those being sponsored--with divorce and dissolution. In matters of divorce between U.S. citizens and non-citizens, we are uniquely familiar with the complexities that may arise from these situations and support and guide our clients through these emotional matters. Whatever your need, we try to find a creative solution for it at Ahmad & Akbar, Attorneys at Law. Our Family Immigration Assistance We will not stop working until we bring your family member (or family members) to the United States. As family immigration attorneys we work diligently to help bring your loved ones here, so parents, siblings and adult children can be reunited. We can help you navigate the various family-based immigration categories that exist.
We help clients achieve their dream of becoming an American Citizen!
Helping You Become an American Citizen For many people, becoming an American citizen is a cherished dream. At Ahmad & Akbar, we help make those dreams a reality by providing advice, services and representation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer. How We Can Help Ahmad & Akbar in Troy, Michigan, will be your partner during the citizenship process, seeking to obtain your citizenship goal as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our naturalization attorneys can: Explain the citizenship and naturalization process Identify any potential roadblocks to citizenship Help you deal with any issues arising from an arrest, outstanding warrant or criminal conviction Prepare your citizenship application and supporting documents Coach you regarding the required citizenship test that covers U.S. history and government Provide assistance in obtaining green cards for your immediate family members after you become a U.S. citizen Have You Been Arrested or Convicted of a Crime? The existence of a criminal record can be a major roadblock to naturalization. If you have an arrest, outstanding warrant or conviction on your record, you should speak with an attorney before moving forward with your citizenship application. Our firm can review your situation as it relates to the requirements for naturalization. We can also discuss possible obstacles to citizenship and actions we may be able to take that could remove those obstacles. It may be possible to revisit outstanding arrests or convictions, in order to clean up your record. This can clear the way for citizenship. Our firm can refer you to an experienced criminal defense attorney with whom we can coordinate efforts on your behalf. Get legal help today. Contact an Attorney To schedule a consultation with experienced naturalization and citizenship attorneys in Michigan, contact Ahmad & Akbar.
We assist clients with all types of Visa applications
Our non-immigrant cases have their own special designations and titles, as you can see. Some are occupational, some of them educational. Not only can we complete these forms to the government's satisfaction, but we can also complete the challenging job your case has given us. Such legal requirements would include: B-1, B-2 (Visitor/Business Visa) E Visa (Investor/Treaty Traders) F-1 (Student Visas) H-1B (Specialty Worker) H-2B (Temporary Worker) J-1 Waiver (Exchange Program Participants) J-1 Advisory Opinion K Visa (Fianc/Spouse of U.S. Citizen) L-1 (Intracompany transferees) O-1 (Outstanding Researcher) P Visa (Performer/Athlete Visas) R Visa (Religious Workers) Change/Extension of Non-Immigrant Status Outbound Country Visas We also excel at employment contracts for incoming physicians, their contract review, and a variety of business formation plans and filings. Regardless of your immigration needs, look to the attentive, perceptive attorneys at Ahmad & Akbar for keen focus on case resolution and customer satisfaction. For more in depth legal definitions relating to immigration, please visit our glossary. Your Initial Consultation If you are the owner of a company with business immigration concerns, we would like the chance to address these concerns. You will like our casual, professional office atmosphere, our honesty and accuracy in answering your questions, and our keen commitment to our clients. We are Ahmad & Akbar, Attorneys at Law, in Troy. An initial consultation with our experienced immigration lawyers is as close as your phone, fax, or e-mail. We return after-hours calls promptly and have access to interpreters if needed.
We are Ahmad & Akbar, Attorney at law of Troy, MI. We are committed to providing the highest quality service you can trust. Do not let the fancy arrangements of numbers, letters, and legalese intimidate you. With Ahmad & Akbar, Attorneys at Law, in your corner, your business or family immigration case is in good hands. We are dedicated and Michigan-based; we know the people of our region and their problems. You can trust us to get the kind of results many associate with older, larger law firms.
Highly acclaimed and award-winning Attorney Muneeb M. Ahmad offers 15 years of diverse career experience representing individual clients and businesses in immigration, active litigation and transaction law. He serves as Managing Partner with Detroit, Michigan-based Ahmad & Akbar Law, PLLC, specializing in numerous disciplines, including immigration, contracts, employment, real estate, business and insurance lawrepresenting both plaintiffs and defendants, from the process of intake through trial and resolution.
Adding to his comprehensive experience in the field, Ahmad has a long-enduring relationship with Hussain Akbar, his partner at the firm. The pair previously collaborated at Detroit's Akeel & Valentine, PLC, where Ahmad specialized in immigration and civil litigation and Akbar focused on immigration, commercial transactional law and civil litigation. Additionally, both have appellate experience in state and federal courts.
Ahmad joined Akeel & Valentine in 2007, recruited personally by the firm's founding partner. Over nearly eight years with that firm, he accumulated a wealth of proficiency in countless disciplines, including employment law, due process civil rights law, real estate, business & contract law and insurance law. In addition, he gained hands-on expertise in the courtroom, in case strategy and client relationship management, pleadings, discovery & motion practice, and mediation and settlement negotiations.
Within Employment Law, Ahmad represented clients in administrative hearings and state court cases, working with the likes of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission. Many of his cases dealt with discrimination involving race, pregnancy and nationality. He also handled sexual harassment, public accommodations and many other employee-related claims. For Due Process & Civil Rights Law, Ahmad worked with violations of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. These claims comprised false arrest, excess bail, cruel and unusual punishment, parental rights and due process.
Among Real Estate, Business & Contract Law cases, many of his clients were struggling with breach of contract disputes, including building/construction disputes, commercial landlord/ tenant and other real estate transactions. Ahmad also gained expertise in the buying & selling of medical practices and numerous other kinds of business transactions and disputes. For Insurance Law, his cases centered on wrongful death, general negligence, no fault insurance law, third-party vehicle negligence, personal injury protection, and loss or damage to property.
While working with Akeel & Valentine, Ahmad also took on the unique specialty of debtor rights. Recognizing that individuals are often "defined" by their credit scores, he personally took on credit card companies to ensure that his clients' credit reports provided accurate information.
In his role with Case Strategy and Client Relationship Management, Ahmad was given charge of evaluating claims and defenses, including federal, state, qualified, prosecutorial and absolute immunities, as well as municipal liability. He developed affirmative and defenses strategies, while keeping clients informed through each stage of the overall process. For Pleadings, Discovery and Motion Practice, he drafted complaints, requests for admissions, interrogatories, document requests and subpoenas, as well as preparing & defending fact and expert witnesses at depositions, and supervising the preparation of state and federal appellate briefs and filings.
And in the Courtroom, Ahmad offers sweeping experience with jury and bench trials. He has prepared for and performed direct and cross-examination of fact & experts witnesses at trial, conducted jury selection, written jury instructions and verdict forms, prepared audio, visual & multimedia evidence, and argued discovery, dispositive and post-judgment motions in state and federal court. Finally, amid Mediation and Settlement Negotiation, he has represented clients in court-ordered case evaluations, including panel oral arguments, facilitations with private judges, and arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association.
As a civil litigator responsible for his own caseload, Ahmad was given the utmost trust and independence at Akeel & Valentine. In addition to such a variety of cases, he worked one on one with his clients throughout the legal processfrom intake and case evaluation through trial, post-judgment motions, settlement negotiations and appeals.
Bar Number: P70391
Wayne State University College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2006
Wayne State University
Bachelors of Science, 2001
When I decided to become an attorney I dedicated myself to the idea that I would provide superior, cost-effective, and compassionate legal services to all of my clients. To do so I adhere to a standard of honesty and excellence in all areas of my practice. I believe that my job as an attorney is to enrich my clients' lives and prepare them in the good times, so that they can get through the tough times with ease. These basic ideas are shared by my partner, Muneeb Ahmad, and I, and lead to the founding of Ahmad & Akbar Law, PLLC as a full service law firm dedicated to helping our clients' be happier, smarter, and more prepared
From the moment you walk through our doors to the filing of the final order, our clients receive copies of documents, returned phone calls and answers to questions, along with detailed and monthly billing statements explaining the fees charged. By choice we are a small firm, which enables us to provide personalized service to our clients during the difficult process of immigration, litigation, the drafting of estate plans, corporate issues, real estate transactions, or any of the many other documents we are experts at preparing. Our attorneys are all experts in the areas they practice, are constantly updating their knowledge on the latest legal trends, and work diligently to ensure our clients get the best representation possible. We acknowledge the trust placed in us when a client hires of our firm to handle legal matters, and we appreciate the opportunity. We know that our clients are placing significant personal, financial, and business issues in our care, and we treat them like our own.
Background and Education
When I began college I wanted to go into rehabilitative medicine and to that end I earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Kinesiology. My area of focus was two-fold; 1) the effect of exercise on cancer (for which I also received a Certificate in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health), and 2) the effect of changing visual stimuli in Parkinson's patients. However, after completing my M.S. I determined that I did not want to spend the rest of my life in academia and hospitals. I wanted to deal with people, and help them. To that end I then traveled to Boston where I received a CSS in Business Administration from Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard, I matriculated at the University of Wisconsin Madison's law school. The university's law school is famous for its "hands on" approach to teaching the law, and the belief that its students should be dedicated to helping make the world a better place. While at the University I focused my law school experience on small business law, family law, and litigation.
After graduation I returned to Michigan and began my practice. After 10 years of working for other people I determined that it was time to start my own practice. As a result Muneeb Ahmad and I began discussing what we would like our firm to be. The result is Ahmad & Akbar Law, PLLC. A small firm dedicated to the premise that an excellent full service law firm that provides cost effective services to normal, everyday, citizens is not only possible, but necessary; and that we were the ones capable of doing it.
I am currently licensed to practice in both Wisconsin and Michigan at the state level. At the federal level I am admitted to the Easter District of Michigan, the Western District of Wisconsin, the Northern District of Ohio, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Our firm practices in all areas of immigration law. From family immigration to business immigration to deportation and removal defense we represent our clients with expertise and care.
Bar Number: P67967
The University of Wisconsin School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2004
The University of Michigan
Bachelors of Science, 1998
Certificate of Special Studies- Business Administration, 2004
The University of Michigan
Masters of Science, 2000
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