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United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2015)
American Immigration Lawyers Association (2005)
Virginia State Bar (2012)
National Immigration Project (2012)
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2012)
Federal Bar Association (2015)
Tulane Law School, JD, 2000
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, BA, 1996
Sharifa Abbasi is an Associate Attorney with the HMA Law Firm who is licensed in Virginia and Maryland. Originally from Afghanistan, she focuses her practice in removal defense, U visas, citizenship matters, and business immigration. She appears on a weekly Dari language television show Shakha-ye-Dunya where she tackles important topics on US immigration for a worldwide Afghan audience. She regularly appears before USCIS and immigration courts and is a tireless advocate for her clients.
Ms. Abbasi holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore where she represented several clients in removal proceedings while working with the Immigrant Rights Clinic.
Prior to joining the HMA Law Firm, Ms. Abbasi served as the Legal and Congressional Counselor with the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC. In this role, she frequently represented the Embassy’s legal interests before the U.S. Department of State, and managed all legal matters including detainee removal, contractual obligations, and bi-lateral agreements between Afghanistan and the U.S. During this time, she also worked as of-counsel for the law firm of Valera and Associates where she advised clients on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, asylum requests, adjustment of status, family-based issues, divorce rights, and citizenship processes.
In addition to being fluent in English and Dari (Farsi/Persian), Ms. Abbasi is conversational in Urdu and Spanish.