Nadeen Aljijakli, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on family-based immigration, asylum, and complex deportation and removal defense. Ms. Aljijakli is a recognized expert on Syrian asylum claims and has been featured in various news segments. Ms. Aljijakli represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, and federal court litigation. Ms. Aljijakli has also handled business immigration matters in the medical and university research sectors. Read more about Ms. Aljijakli's client successes.
Ms. Aljijakli developed her expertise in immigration law working with nationally recognized lawyers at leading law firms in the country, including Duane Morris' Immigration Practice Group and Maggio & Kattar, PC, in Washington, DC, as well as Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, in New York. She currently also serves as Of Counsel to Immigration Solutions Group, PLLC in Washington, DC. Ms. Aljijakli is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (2005), where she was a finalist in a national family law moot court competition, and a graduate of New York University, where she majored in Economics. During law school, Ms. Aljijakli was selected as a Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow and interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court). Ms. Aljijakli also interned at leading non-profit organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Ms. Aljijakli has given numerous presentations at seminars and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on immigration law. Her article, "INA §319(b): Expedited Naturalization with No Physical Presence Requirement for Spouse of U.S. Citizen Employed Abroad," was published in The Consular Practice Handbook, 2011-2012 Edition. She has also authored a section on "Torture," in Springer's Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Her recent articles include "Why American Politics Is Much Scarier Than Syrian Refugees," (Huffington Post), "A Numbers Game: The U.S. Is Still Falling Short with Syrian Refugee Resettlement," (Huffington Post), "Lawful Status Lost: Dealing with the Abandonment of LPR Status" in AILA's online publication, VOICE; and "Statutory Bars to Asylum: What Is So Serious About a 'Particularly Serious Crime?'" in AILA's 2012 Annual Conference Handbook. Read more about Ms. Aljijakli's publications.
She recently received the 2016 Pro Bono Champion Award by the AILA Ohio Chapter, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to pro bono work and have made a significant impact on the immigrant communities they serve. She is active in AILA, where she served as the Coordinator of the Middle Eastern Interest Group (MEIG) from 2012-2014, as well as the AILA Ohio chapter's 2012 CLE Conference Chair. She currently serves on the AILA Ohio chapter's Cleveland Liaison Committee for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She has also served as the Vice Chair of the Detention Committee, AILA Washington, D.C. Chapter. Ms. Aljijakli is currently a member of AILA's Federal Court Litigation Section. She also recently served on the board of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO), a political action group. In addition, she has provided legal support to the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund and Immigration Equality, which provides legal services and policy advocacy on behalf of LGBT immigrants. She is a co-founder of the New York Chapter of the Network of Arab-American Professionals, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to strengthening the Arab-American community, and serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Ms. Aljijakli is a native Arabic speaker.
Ms. Aljijakli is admitted in Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Ohio, the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. Contact Ms. Aljijakli at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation.
Lauren M. Kosseff practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on complex deportation and removal defense. Ms. Kosseff represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and federal court litigation. She has extensive experience in preparing appeals and motions before the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal courts. In addition to her immigration practice, Ms. Kosseff serves as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Project where she supervises students in their preparation of asylum applications.
Ms. Kosseff has worked in private practice in New York City since 2008 handling a wide range of immigration matters. Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Kosseff developed her expertise in immigration law as a staff attorney at the Immigration Unit for the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she assisted federal judges in addressing complex immigration topics, including jurisdiction, adverse credibility determinations, exceptions to the requirements for filing motions to reopen, and ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Upon graduation from Brooklyn Law School (2006), Ms. Kosseff served as a law clerk for the Attorney General's Honors Program with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court), where she prepared draft decisions for the judges involving immigration issues such as asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers, aggravated felonies, and crimes involving moral turpitude.
During law school, Ms. Kosseff interned with the Immigration Protection Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group as well as the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New Jersey Immigration Court). Ms. Kosseff's article, "Two Immigrants, Two Standards," was published in the Washington Post (2006). Ms. Kosseff graduated from Tufts University and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Development.
Ms. Kosseff is fluent in Spanish. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language prior to becoming an attorney and has been awarded for her extraordinary commitment to youth. While studying abroad in Bolivia, she conducted a study on the U.S. War on Drugs' effect on Bolivian children who live in prison with their parents. Ms. Kosseff is admitted in New York and New Jersey (inactive). Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. Contact Ms. Kosseff at email@example.com for a consultation.
Ola Mohamed, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on family-based immigration and asylum. She represents clients in matters involving asylum and refugee status, adjustment of status and citizenship, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U-visa petitions, as well as complex removal cases.
Prior to joining Aljijakli & Kosseff, LLC, Ms. Mohamed interned with the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization serving refugees. In 2015, Ms. Mohamed spent three months with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo, Egypt where she assisted in various aspects of Refugee Status Determination (RSD), including assessments and appeals decisions. She also focused her work on unaccompanied minor cases and child asylum claims. As a law student, Ms. Mohamed interned for the North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project where she worked on a defensive asylum case and a number of successful U-visa petitions and requests for prosecutorial discretion to the U.S. government.
Ms. Mohamed is passionate about issues of human rights, especially as they relate to immigration law. In September 2015, she volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in a week-long trip to counsel vulnerable immigrant mothers and their children held in immigration detention in Dilley, Texas. During law school, she conducted research on human rights practices in Qatar for the U.N. Committee against Torture’s periodic review. She also contributed to an important report on meaningful access to legal representation. As a part of this project, she presented on immigrant detention conditions and right to counsel before Commissioner Felipe González of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well as representatives from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies. During her undergraduate studies, she also interned with the Arab Organization of Human Rights (AOHR) in Cairo, Egypt.
Ms. Mohamed graduated from Emory University School of Law with honors in 2014 where she received a Pro Bono Award for her volunteer efforts in immigrant and underserved communities. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with honors in 2009. She is admitted to practice in New York and she is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. As an Egyptian-American, Ms. Mohamed is a native Arabic speaker and also has basic knowledge of French. Contact Ms. Mohamed at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation.
Peter F. Asaad, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and past president of the AILA DC Chapter (covering DC, MD and VA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on business immigration. Mr. Asaad represents individuals, U.S. companies, and multinational corporations in all their employment immigration needs. His expertise includes the H-1B, L-1, E-1/E-2, and O-1 visas as well as PERM and other permanent resident processing, corporate compliance policy guidance, consular processing, administrative appeals & litigation, volume immigration technology case management, I-9/E-Verify management & support, and in-house support. Mr. Asaad also specializes in working with individuals on applications for permanent residence based on the National Interest Waiver, Extraordinary Ability petitions, and Outstanding Researchers and Professors for highly accomplished individuals. In addition, Mr. Asaad is a well recognized expert in the needs of immigrant entrepreneurs, start-ups, and foreign investors in creating U.S. subsidiaries and affiliates as well as new U.S. businesses.
Mr. Asaad has worked in private practice in Washington, DC for over ten years representing individuals and employers on a wide range of business immigration matters. He is an Adjunct Law Professor at American University, Washington College of Law, where he teaches and develops an advanced course on business immigration law. Prior to serving as president of the AILA DC Chapter addressing the continuing legal education needs of over 900 immigration attorneys, Mr. Asaad had served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Immigration Litigation Committee for several years where he was recognized “as one of the nation’s leading litigators” in the field of immigration law. Mr. Asaad has been named in Washingtonian magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers” in immigration law since 2011. The American Bar Foundation (ABF) has recognized him as a top lawyer in the field in Washington, DC based upon “outstanding achievements in the legal profession” and as “a lawyer whose career has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the profession, service to society and commitment to the ideals and objectives of the American Bar Association.”
Helping foreign entrepreneurs and start-ups, Mr. Asaad is New York City’s Immigration Advisor through its Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). Leading the way for HR professionals, Mr. Asaad serves approximately 700 HR professionals and their businesses on the board of the Human Resources Association for the National Capital Area (DC SHRM). On the forefront of immigration law and policy, Mr. Asaad is a Member of The Partnership for a New American Economy bringing together a bipartisan group of mayors from across the country and business leaders from all sectors of the economy to raise awareness of the economic benefits of sensible immigration reform.
Prior to private practice, Mr. Asaad represented foreign and domestic individuals and organizations before administrative agencies, federal, state and local courts in a variety of complex matters. He graduated with honors from American University Washington College of Law (2001), where he was selected to serve as a Student Attorney in the prestigious International Human Rights Law Clinic representing individuals in asylum and other immigration matters and in the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic where he represented clients in federal court and international litigation. Mr. Asaad also served as law clerk for the Attorney General's Honors Program at the Department of Justice Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Upon graduation, Mr. Asaad served as Judicial Law Clerk at the DC Superior Court where he assisted judges and prepared decisions on complex litigation matters before the court.
Born in Chicago as a first generation American to Egyptian immigrants, Mr. Asaad is conversant in Arabic and brings first-hand understanding to foreign nationals from various countries and cultures. Mr. Asaad is admitted in Washington, DC and Maryland. His practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and he practices throughout the country. Contact Mr. Asaad at email@example.com for a consultation.