An Experienced and Caring Team
- Shabnam Akrami, Founder
- Natalie Nelofar Sahibi BSc (Hon) J.D.
- Palmerino Vitti, J.D.
- Luka Vukelic, B.A. (hons), M.A., J.D.
- Thomas M. Rosamilia B.A. J.D. M.A.
- Rufus Williams, J.D
- Laurete Hoxha Immigration Consultant
- Sheba Yusufzai, Legal Assistant
- Jupinder Kaur, Legal Assistant
- Jannette Fernandes Receptionis
- Sean Azim, SEO, Head of IT
- Bahar Suria, Legal Assistant
Shabnam Akrami, Founder
Shabnam Akrami, PA, B.A. (HONS.), M.A., LL.B. (UK)Managing Partner
Shabnam Akrami is the Managing Partner and Founder of Akrami & Associates.
Prior to receiving her Paralegal Diploma with Honours, she completed her Law Degree from the UK at the University of London as well as completed a Post Graduate Diploma.
In addition, she has also graduated from York University where she received both her Bachelor in Criminology and Masters in Socio-Legal Studies.
She is a Paralegal in good standing with Law Society of Upper Canada and Consultant with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
Prior to opening her own firm, she gained extensive experience in corporate immigration law; specializing in work permits, temporary resident permits and rehabilitation cases.
She has in depth and hands on experience in all Canadian Immigration and Citizenship matters. These matters include preparation and submission of applications for permanent residence, work permits, NAFTA applications, labour market opinions, temporary resident permits, sponsorships, and business investors.
Shabnam is dedicated to all her clients and committed to the successful completion of all the immigration matters in her care.
With Shabnam, there is always a way!
Natalie Nelofar Sahibi BSc (Hon) J.D.
Natalie Sahibi US Immigration Lawyer
Natalie is a dedicated lawyer practicing in immigration law. Over the course of her career, she has successfully represented a diverse clientele in a broad range of complex cases. Her practice area focuses on complex immigration matters, appeals, judicial reviews, corporate litigation, government investigations, and white-collar criminal matters. She welcomes any type of challenge and makes it her mission to offer support to her clients that not only benefit them now but help them secure a future of growth.
Upon graduating in Neuroscience and Biology with Honours from the University of Toronto Magna Cum Laude, Natalie moved to California where she pursued her career aspirations within the realm of law. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including several certificates of merit (highest-grade award) and graduated in the top 10% of her law school class. She is a successful lawyer in good standing with the State Bar of California, specializing in complex corporate litigation and immigration law.
Natalie understands that behind each case she represents, there are individuals with families and the communities they serve. Her previous experience in the fraud unit at the Orange County District Attorney's Office helped cultivate her passion to serve the public and fiercely advocate for justice. Furthermore, her experience at the Litigation Law Group enabled her to develop strong litigation skills and robust work ethic. She employs her advocacy skills to zealously represent her clients in the courtroom and through all stages of representation.
Natalie is fluent in Farsi, Arabic, and French. She is also active in various global organizations committed to the empowerment minorities. Clients can expect nothing less than excellence, dedication, and candour from Natalie.
Palmerino Vitti, J.D.
Palmerino Vitti is an immigration lawyer at Akrami & Associates.
Palmerino is a barrister and solicitor, licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. He completed his JD at the University of Miami, after obtaining a Bachelor's of Political Science at Concordia University.
During law school, Palmerino advocated for foster youth in dependency court in an effort to reduce multiple placements, promote placement in family-like settings and improve the quality of group care.
Prior to joining Akrami and Associates, Palmerino articled at a criminal defence firm in Toronto where he gained a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system. Following this, he practiced as an employment lawyer, representing employees in a wide array of workplace issues including human rights complaints.
Outside of the office, Palmerino enjoys playing sports, listening to podcasts and spending time with friends and family.
Luka Vukelic, B.A. (hons), M.A., J.D.
Luka Vukelic B.A. (hons), M.A., J.D.
Luka Vukelic is a barrister and solicitor licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. He completed his JD at the University of Victoria, after completing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science at Simon Fraser University, specializing in Canadian immigration issues. During law school, he was involved in pro bono volunteering, worked at UVic’s legal clinic, which focused heavily on criminal defence (summary offenses), and also worked as a Risk Assessment Investigator for British Columbia’s Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Prior to joining Akrami and Associates, Luka’s articling experience involved files in areas including refugee claims, family law, wills, small claims, real estate, and personal injury, giving him a well-rounded background in many aspects of the Canadian legal system. At the firm, Luka’s work primarily involves Express Entry, but he is also responsible for Temporary Resident Visas, spousal/child sponsorships, citizenship/permanent residency applications, provincial nominees, work permit extensions, and many other file types.
Luka is fluent in Serbo-Croatian. Outside of law practice, his interests include global politics, science and technology news, and nature. He looks forward to assisting clients with all of their immigration matters.
Thomas M. Rosamilia B.A. J.D. M.A.
U.S. Immigration Attorney
Mr. Rosamilia entered the legal field after a career in consumer finance and banking with H.S.B.C Bank and Bank of America, where he served both individual customers and institutions seeking mortgages and other financing with care and dedication. As a loan officer, he acquired customer service skills helping clients navigate difficult and complex transactions and his skill and knowledge of regulatory aspects of financial service led him to enter the legal profession.
Thomas graduated from Syracuse University in New York, where he participated in International Moot Law coursework and became interested in human rights law and worked with a non for profit law firm protecting the rights of disabled persons under both New York and U.S. Federal law.
He also worked for a couple of personal injury plaintiff attorney law firms. Mr. Rosamilia attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and then a Master’s Degree in Arts Management and intends to concentrate in helping artists, performers and writers come to the U.S. to perform and work under non immigrant visa programs.
He is admitted to both the courts of New York State and to the United States Federal Court for the Western District of New York. His passions are the performing arts, his garden, his family and helping people as an attorney.
Rufus Williams, J.D
Rufus Williams, B.A., LL.B, J.D.US Immigration Lawyer
Rufus believes that customer service is of the utmost importance, hence, why he joined a law firm with a stout reputation for leaving a lasting impression on its clients. Rufus employs passion, dedication, thoroughness, attention to detail, and prompt service into his daily work as an attorney at Akrami & Associates.
Rufus graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor in Sociology, Philosophy and Criminology. He then went to law school internationally at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School where his primary areas of focus were international and immigration law. He is now admitted to the New York State Bar.
Prior to working at Akrami & Associates, Rufus practiced in the field of Real Property and represented both banks and indigent homeowners in reaching mutually agreeable goals. Subsequent to that, he worked at a personal injury firm and represented hundreds of injured workers in litigating their claims.
Rufus's passions are family, sports, and practicing law.
Laurete Hoxha Immigration Consultant
Laurete Hoxha Regulated Immigration ConsultantImmigration Consultant
Laurete Hoxha is a Regulated Immigration Consultant with Akrami and Associates.
Laurete Hoxha obtained her Bachelor Degree in Law from "Luigj Gurakuqi" University of Shkoder, Albania in 2007. After that, she continued her education by receiving her Immigration Consultant with Honours from Humber College, Toronto.
After graduating from University of Shkoder, Laurete worked as a Legal Counsellor for the City Hall in Albania. Thereafter, as a Legal Assistant for two law firms in Brampton and Thornhill. She has gained extensive knowledge of current legal practices and terminology as well as experience of providing efficient administrative and secretarial support to lawyers and legal executives.
Laurete is a well-rounded and dedicated professional working exclusively on Canadian immigration matters with our firm. She has provided immigration solutions to corporations and businesses in various industries within the private and public sector. Laurete is highly knowledgeable in navigating through CIC processes, as well as submitting complex submissions relating to all types of Canadian immigration matters.
Laurete is committed to the department's abilities to provide effective client communications, as well as execute carefully tailored and accurate immigration solutions which meet both corporate or personal needs. Laurete is determined to ensure efficiency in the delivery of services provided in our fast-paced environment.
Sheba Yusufzai, Legal Assistant
Sheba Yusufzai, BALegal Assistant
Sheba recently completed her post-secondary degree in Political Science with Honors from York University. Sheba has been working in the immigration field for more than 5 years. Apart from working at Akrami and Associates, Sheba has worked extensively with convention refugees from all over the world at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Most recently Sheba has been a part of assisting Syrian refugees resettle all over Canada.
Apart from her professional life, Sheba dedicates her spare time to her community by volunteering with her local MPP in Toronto. In the past Sheba has been a member of book drives, clothing drives and student organizations at York University.
Sheba looks forward to continuing her academic aspiration in the Canadian legal field. Currently Sheba provides services in all areas of immigration practice. She can provide services in successful completion of cases such as Criminal Rehabilitation, Temporary Resident Permit, Temporary Visitor Visa, Family Class Sponsorships, Express Entry, Study Permits, Work Permits and all other immigration related cases.
Sheba looks forward to assisting you with all your immigration matters.
Jupinder Kaur, Legal Assistant
Jupinder KaurImmigration Legal Assistant
Jupinder completed her post-secondary degree in Business Administration and in addition has also completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration both from Guru Nanak Dev University in 2013. She has successfully continued her educational studies by completing a diploma in Project Management from Humber College and is currently studying in the Immigration Consultant program also at Humber College. Jupinder has been working in the immigration field for more than 3 years.
Apart from working at Akrami and Associates, Jupinder has worked as an Immigration Legal Assistant at another law firm in Brampton, Ontario. Once Jupinder completes her Immigration Consultant diploma from Humber College, she aspires to pursue and successfully complete her Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) License. Currently, Jupinder provides a wide-range of immigration services and has provided services in successful completion of legal cases. Jupinder works on legal cases such as Express Entry, Study Permits, Work Permits, Temporary Resident Visas, PNPs, Family Class Sponsorship and all other immigration related cases.
Jupinder looks forward to assisting you with all your immigration needs!
Jannette Fernandes ReceptionisJannette Fernandes receptionist
Jannette has recently completed her post-secondary degree in Political Science with Honours from McMaster University. Jannette has been working in the immigration field a little under a year. She is known for her organized work ethic, multitasking capabilities and professionalism.
Apart from working at Akrami and Associates she also works extensively with various Latin American communities within the GTA. In the past Jannette has been a member of various community service activities such food drives, feeding the homeless and newcomers programs within the Latin American community.
She looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the Canadian Immigration field and helping you and your family move to Canada!
Sean Azim, SEO, Head of IT
Sean Azim, SEO, Head of ITSEO, IT
Sean Azim is the Search Engine Optimizer and I.T. expert at Akrami & Associates. He graduated from Seneca College with a Diploma in Computer Programming. Further, he received his General Arts and Science Pre-Business Certification through Trade and Apprenticeship studies at Seneca.
Prior to working with Akrami & Associates he worked at Viva Soft which is a business software development company. Sean worked there as a Programmer for two years.
Sean is committed to the expansion of Akrami & Associates through sound marketing and online strategizing. Further, he is always looking for ways to make the online client experience a smooth one.
Bahar Suria, Legal Assistant
Bahar received her Post Secondary Diploma with Honours from Humber College. Bahar has been working in the immigration field for approximately 2 years and is known for her attention to detail and client needs.
She has assisted in the successful completion of cases ranging from permanent to temporary matters and will find a way to get 'it' done. Prior to working with Akrami & Associates, Bahar also gained valuable work experience with an Architectural firm as the Office Manager.
Bahar looks forward to meeting you!