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Global Immigration Lawyers

With Offices in Fairfax Virginia, Columbus Ohio, Cleveland Ohio, Southfield Michigan, and Washington, DC

Whether you are a human resource professional employing foreign professionals, a scientist, a professor, a small business owner, a multinational corporation, or a U.S. citizen pursuing an immigration case for a relative or loved one, our lawyers possess the legal skills and sensitivities needed to achieve your goals. It is of utmost importance that you, the client, are assured that your immigration lawyer has your best interest in mind and at heart, and that he or she will conclude your matter quickly, competently, and in an affordable manner. Gus M. Shihab, Esq. and the Columbus immigration lawyers at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates hold these values at the forefront.

Our firm enjoys a reputation of unparalleled innovative and vigorous advocacy in international and immigration law representation. We fight for our clients and will not rest, falter, or tire until we fulfill your goals within the bounds of the law. We believe legal services must be affordable, transparent, accessible, and timely. That is why we have pioneered the delivery of innovative, cost-effective, and technologically advanced legal strategies and solutions that meet our clients’ requirements and aspirations.

Gus Shihab on BBC News

Client Testimonials

  • “Highly Effective & Efficient”

    Mike & Trina

  • “The best immigration lawyers! Do not risk your case by giving it to any other attorney!”

    Amr E.

  • “Provide peace of mind to his clients.”


  • “The best immigration firm ever!”


  • “Super organized and professional work. Highly Recommended!”

    Previous Client

  • “Highly recommend Gus and his practice for any immigration-related cases.”

    Ankit G.

  • “The most professional, meticulous, sympathetic lawyers anyone can work with.”


  • “Experienced & Ethical”


  • “Very knowledgeable and professional, and has also treated us more like family than his clients.”


  • “The best immigration lawyer in USA!”

    Tarek M.

  • “It's immediately apparent that they personally care.”


  • “Attentive to detail, listens to your concerns and is available all the time”


  • “Very pleasant experience right from day one. I would definitely recommend Mr. Gus and his team”

    Mahmood H.

  • “100% confident my case is in the best hands.”


  • “I am so thankful!”


Enhanced Immigration Representation

The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates is a full-service immigration law firm providing both employment- and family-related visa services. We understand that each client faces a unique set of circumstances and challenges. Our goal is to achieve the desired outcome within the bounds of the law, in the most competent, expeditious, and cost-efficient manner. Our Columbus immigration lawyers do so by carefully listening to our clients and by providing immigration strategies that meet their objectives. We rely on our team of caring and experienced professionals to deliver the highest level of legal representation.

Our firm employs the most secure and robust internet-based tools in processing and monitoring the progress of immigration cases both internally as they move within our law firm and at the various governmental agencies, where the cases are ultimately adjudicated. As the U.S. government moves to paperless processes, our law firm has pioneered the automation of immigration processes since 2002. Our team members are also highly informed about the constant changes in immigration law that seem to occur on a daily basis. We are keen on various country conditions and turbulent political situations of nations facing civil unrest in Latin America and the Middle East. Our attorneys and paralegals speak various languages including Arabic and Spanish.

Meet the Distinguished Team

  • Gus M. Shihab
    Gus M. Shihab Founding Attorney
  • Nicholas I. Kotz
    Nicholas I. Kotz Associate Attorney
  • Anne Zeitoun-Sedki
    Anne Zeitoun-Sedki Of Counsel
  • Arif Gozel
    Arif Gozel Of Counsel
  • Bebe Hida
    Bebe Hida Director of Operations
  • Miriam San Martín
    Miriam San Martín Manager of Public/Client Relations
  • George H. Martinez Jr.
    George H. Martinez Jr. Paralegal
  • Giovanna Rizzuto
    Giovanna Rizzuto Law Clerk
  • Salvia Jannat
    Salvia Jannat
  • Gus M. Shihab Founding Attorney
    Gus M. Shihab

    Gus M. Shihab, Esq., founder of The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA, received several honors and is a seasoned lawyer with more than 25 years of experience relentlessly fighting for the rights of international investors, businesses, corporations, employers, and immigrants and for the advancement of their causes. Read More

  • Nicholas I. Kotz Associate Attorney
    Nicholas I. Kotz

    Nicholas Kotz is an associate attorney at The Law Firm of Shihab and Associates assigned to the Corporate Immigration Law Practice Group. He is admitted to practice in Ohio. His practice focuses on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions and applications including PERM Labor Certification, EB-2 and EB-3 and adjustments and Change of status, H-1B, E-1 and E-2 Treaty Investor/Trader visas, as well as L-1A and B intracompany transferee visas. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office in the Appellate Unit. Read More

  • Anne Zeitoun-Sedki Of Counsel
    Anne Zeitoun-Sedki

    Attorney Anne Zeitoun-Sedki completed her Juris Doctorate at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 2006. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University in New York, New York in 2003. Read More

  • Arif Gozel Of Counsel
    Arif Gozel

    Arif is an Of Counsel Attorney at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates. He is admitted to practice both in New York and Ankara (Turkey). With his multinational background, he advises in the area of immigration and nationality law, focusing on a wide range of family and employment-based adjustment of status and asylum cases. Read More

  • Bebe Hida Director of Operations
    Bebe Hida

    Bebe is the Director of Operations at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA. She serves as the link between the firm’s functional management, its legal team, and its clients focusing to optimize service quality, and improve efficiency and productivity. With a keen eye for systematic defects and productivity barriers, Bebe conducts data analysis and implements quality projects with the collaboration and input of the different departments to empower the firm for continuous improvement. Read More

  • Miriam San Martín Manager of Public/Client Relations
    Miriam San Martín

    Miriam is usually the first person to engage with clients on behalf of our firm. She conducts client intake when arranging consultations, coordinates multiple schedules in order to facilitate appointments, and generally juggles the many different types of communications that are received. She enjoys “making a difference” in people’s lives. Our clients appreciate her prompt attention to their needs and count on her as liaison with the team at the Law Firm of Shihab and Associates. Read More

  • George H. Martinez Jr. Paralegal
    George H. Martinez Jr.

    George H. Martinez Jr. is a Paralegal at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA. He works as a case manager for our family-based immigration clients. George recently moved to Columbus, Ohio from Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from Law School. Read More

  • Giovanna Rizzuto Law Clerk
    Giovanna Rizzuto

    Giovanna Rizzuto is a Law Clerk at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA. Giovanna is originally from Brazil. After law school graduation in Brazil, Giovanna worked as a Civil Litigator at a law firm in her hometown. Read More

  • Salvia Jannat
    Salvia Jannat

    Salvia Jannat is a Law Clerk at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA. Salvia received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Dhaka, Bangladesh. After graduation she worked at the Attorney General’s Office of Bangladesh as a Junior Associate. She pursued her Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She also received certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Moritz. Salvia is passionate about immigration law, civil rights, and disability rights. Read More

Retaining an Immigration Lawyer Is an Important Decision

  • More Than 50 Years of Experience in a Variety of Business, Immigration, and
    Other Matters

  • Technologically Savvy Law Firm with Implementation of Numerous Tools to Deliver Case Progress

  • US Immigration Services Offered in Columbus, Cleveland, Southfield, & Washington DC

  • Personal and Exceptional Approach to Processing Visas and Working With Our International Clients

Watch Our Videos

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