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Attorney Nadeen Aljijakli and Attorney Peter Asaad have recently partnered with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) to provide immigration consultations and education to SAMS members.

What does a consultation include?

SAMS members may contact Ms. Aljijakli for an initial consultation to learn how we can help with your immigration case. The consultation lasts approximately 30–60 minutes with the attorney to review documents, assess the SAMS member’s immigration history, and discuss any potential options as well as the associated legal fees. Prior to your scheduled consultation, please complete our Immigration Intake Questionnaire [ PDF ] so that we are best equipped to assess your case. Consultations are offered to SAMS' members at the discounted rate of $100, and may be paid online prior to the appointment to secure the consultation slot. If our firm is retained within 30 days of the consultation, via a mutually signed representation agreement, the consultation fee will be applied toward the legal fee. In addition, SAMS members will be offered a 10% discount rate on all legal fees.

What is Ms. Aljijakli's background?

Nadeen Aljijakli Nadeen Aljijakli is a partner at Aljijakli & Kosseff, LLC, an immigration law firm with offices in Ohio and New York City. Ms. Aljijakli specializes in family-based immigration, asylum, and complex removal defense. She is a recognized expert on Syrian asylum claims, and has successfully represented applicants before the U.S. asylum offices in New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Illinois, Texas, and Florida. She has been featured on Al Jazeera and in The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post recently named her to its “Top Ten List: Muslims Who Save Lives.” Ms. Aljijakli is a frequent contributor to AILA's online magazine, VOICE, for which her publications include "Lawful Status Lost: Dealing with the Abandonment of LPR Status", "Syrians under Fire: Seeking Asylum in America", and "U.S. Serves as Safe-Haven for Syrians with TPS Extended". She also is the coordinator of the Middle Eastern Interest Group (MEIG) of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ms. Aljijakli is regularly invited to present immigration seminars around the country, and her writings have been featured in prominent immigration publications, such as the Consular Practice Handbook, AILA's Guide to U.S. Citizenship & Naturalization Law, and the Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Prior to forming her law practice, Ms. Aljijakli worked as an associate at Duane Morris, LLP and Maggio & Kattar, PC in Washington, D.C., and at Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, in New York City. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2005. She is a Syrian-American and native Arabic speaker.

How can I schedule a consultation?

SAMS members may contact Ms. Aljijakli by email or by phone at (440) 519-1979 to schedule an initial consultation. Be sure to let us know you were referred by SAMS. We look forward to serving you.