Shahzeen Karim

Shahzeen Karim

Shahzeen, a proudChicago native recently relocated to the Bay area, has an extensive background in immigration law after working in both the public and private sector. In the area of employment immigration, she represented small businesses and national corporations in the tech industry seeking nonimmigrant classifications for H-1B specialty occupation workers. On the family-based immigration side, she successfully received approvals for immigrants applying for a variety of benefits, such as Naturalization and Citizenship, Waivers of Inadmissability, Violence Against Women Act and U Visa cases for victims of crime, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, Deferred Action, Affirmative Asylum, and Fiance visas.

Shahzeen is particularly passionate about domestic violence related cases and has worked with numerous non-profit organizations advocating for victims since 2011.

Prior to her immigration law practice, Shahzeen litigated several criminal cases in Illinois state court, including charges of drug possession, assault, burglary, drivers license, intoxication, manslaughter and other offenses during her time working at the State Attorney's office in McHenry and Cook County, and also during her practice as a criminal defense attorney.

In addition to traveling all over the world, Shahzeen was fortunate to relocate to Bangladesh for a short time. She is fluent in Bengali. Her young exposure to different languages and cultures helps her relate to her clients easily and gives her a deeper appreciation for her work in immigration.

Shahzeen received her J.D. from DePaul University School of Law in 2011 and graduated cum laude with Bachelor Degrees in both Criminal Justice and Philosophy from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She was in the mock trial team during undergrad and law school and lead
her team to the Nationals during her years as captain, winning numerous awards along the way.

Shahzeen is a mother of two active young children and spends all her time outside of work raising them with her husband. She has enjoyed practicing martial arts for over 20 years and is looking forward to being more "outdoorsy" now that she is a San Francisco resident.