• Expertise 2019
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  • Lead Counsel Rated

Global Immigration Lawyers

With Offices in Columbus Ohio, Fairfax Virginia, 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

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


  • “Experienced & Ethical”


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

    Mahmood H.

  • “encourage everyone to leave your current lawyer and hire Mr. Gus. You'll never regret it.”

    Noor A.

  • “Expert Immigration Lawyer”


  • “Excellent Immigration Attorney”


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


  • “Best Immigration Lawyer...Period.”

    Jose J. T.

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

    Amr E.

  • “The entire team is professional, responsive, friendly and VERY knowledgeable.”


  • “Provide peace of mind to his clients.”


  • “I strongly recommend The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates!”


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


  • “After dealing with many attorneys I decided to work with Mr. Shihab and his office and that was the best decision I took.”

    Previous Client

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
  • Adam E. Shor
    Adam E. Shor Associate Attorney
  • Magdalena Kozyra
    Magdalena Kozyra Associate Attorney
  • Olga Velkova
    Olga Velkova 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
  • Peter Ashmore
    Peter Ashmore Staff Accountant
  • Kimberly Marlene Ciprian
    Kimberly Marlene Ciprian Paralegal III
  • Yasellin Cuellar-Elizaldes
    Yasellin Cuellar-Elizaldes Legal Assistant
  • 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

  • Adam E. Shor Associate Attorney
    Adam E. Shor

    Provide U.S. Businesses with the highly skilled and specialized workers necessary to grow and contribute to the American economy. Read More

  • Magdalena Kozyra Associate Attorney
    Magdalena Kozyra

    Magdalena is an Associate at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates. Bilingual in English and Polish, Magdalena practices in the area of immigration and nationality law, focusing primarily on family-based immigration, citizenship, waivers and appeals, as well as removal defense. She has represented clients before the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Read More

  • Olga Velkova Associate Attorney
    Olga Velkova

    Olga is an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates in the Employment Division. She assists clients on wide range of employment-based immigrant visa matters and PERM labor certifications. She also represents clients in nonimmigrant visa matters, including treaty investors, intra-company transferees and individuals of extraordinary ability. 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

  • Peter Ashmore Staff Accountant
    Peter Ashmore

    Peter is the Staff Accountant of The Law Firm of Shihab and Associates, a role which allows him to optimize the efficiency and responsiveness of the firm’s immigration services. This is achieved through maintenance and reconciliation of files and records and the analysis and curation of financial data. Maintaining financial data integrity is an essential part of risk mitigation and compliance. Read More

  • Kimberly Marlene Ciprian Paralegal III
    Kimberly Marlene Ciprian

    Kimberly is an Immigration Paralegal III at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates. With over 5 years of experience in immigration law, Kimberly assists our attorneys with family-based cases, deferred action, permanent residency, consular processing, Asylum, VAWA, I-601/I-601A waiver applications, naturalization and removal defense. She serves as the case manager and the primary source of communication with U.S. embassies around the world. Read More

  • Yasellin Cuellar-Elizaldes Legal Assistant
    Yasellin Cuellar-Elizaldes

    Yasellin worked at different highly respected immigration law firms in New York City. She has a vast range of experience with cases filed with USCIS and the immigration courts. Yasellin supports all the attorneys with our firm, working closest with Attorney Gus Shihab. She is empathetic to our clients’ circumstances as a child of immigrant parents. Yasellin is a proud mother and wife who enjoys spending every possible moment together. 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

  • Gus Shihab on BBC News
  • Gus Shihab on NBC4 To Discuss Immigration Reform
  • Gus Shihab Immigration Attorney For Gold Medalist Natalia Laschenova

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