Asiyah is a lawyer with many years of experience in immigration and international law. Her experience includes both family and business immigration to the U.S. and internationally. Asiyah holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) from American University’s Washington College of Law, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Development from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
From 2012 to 2016, Asiyah founded and managed a law firm where she provided immigration services to American companies operating in Afghanistan. Her firm was the preferred immigration services provider for Fragomen, Del Ray, Bernsen and Loewy LLP in Afghanistan. Previous positions included managing a gender justice program for the U.S. State Department; advising the Afghan government on the negotiation and drafting of various laws and procedures concerning public financial management, customs and taxation; as well as assisting in setting up a legal clinic which facilitating Continuing Legal Education for numerous judges, attorneys and new graduates.
On a personal level, Asiyah understands the importance of competent and efficient immigration assistance. Asiyah came to the United States as a refugee from Afghanistan when she was two years old. Growing up in the diverse Stone Mountain/Clarkston areas further solidified her view that America’s strength is in our diversity. Assisting people with their immigration needs has become a passion.
- Bar License: New Jersey Bar Association, May 2009
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2016
American University – Washington College of Law Washington DC
Juris Doctor: 2006
Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA
BA – Bachelor of Arts: 1999
Law Office of Asiyah Sharifi LLC Atlanta, GA
Attorney | January 2016
Afghanistan Legal Services Kabul, Afghanistan
Attorney | August 2016 – January 2016
Justice Sector Support Program Kabul, Afghanistan
Gender Justice Assistance Section Leader | 2010 – 2012
MPRI/USACE Kabul, Afghanistan
Advisor on the Rule of Law and Governance | 2009 – 2010
Open Society Institute
Legal Consultant | 2008
Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Finance | 2006 – 2007