Our Team

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An Experienced and Caring Team

It’s important to know the people that you will be working with. Together, our team members have worked on more than 15,000 cases so you can be sure that you are working with knowledgeable and experienced professionals. Each associate embodies our “people-first” philosophy to make sure that our clients are taken care of, especially in urgent situations. 

  • Shabnam Akrami, PA, B.A. (HONS.), M.A., LL.B. (UK)

    Managing Partner

    Shabnam Akrami is the Managing Partner and Founder of Akrami & Associates.

    Immigration Attorney and Managing Partner 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 also a Member in good standing with Law Society of Upper Canada.

    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!

  • 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, B.A., LL.B, J.D.

    US Immigration Lawyer 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.

  • Shoib Rabbani Quebec Immigration Lawyer

    Quebec Immigration Lawyer

    Shoib Rabbani Quebec Immigration Lawyer

    Shoib Rabbani is an attorney duly licenced with the Quebec Bar who focuses primarily on business immigration and corporate estate and retirement planning for high net-worth clients. He is an affiliate of Akrami & Associates in the city of Montreal, Quebec.

    In the field of business immigration law, Shoib is recognized as a pragmatic and efficient problem-solver. He has provided legal advice to individuals in various stages of their applications, and has further aided in ancillary immigration procedures such as family sponsorships and work permits for corporate employees.

    Shoib’s business experience has been leveraged by business category clients and investors by helping them to effect due diligence in their search to acquire Canadian corporations for investment purposes, whether by way of asset or share purchase.


    In addition to his work, Shoib is a member of, and counsel for, various non-profit organizations; furthermore he is an accomplished speaker who guest-lectures in various venues, including universities, financial institutions, and community events.

  • Sheba Yusufzai, BA

    Legal Assistant

    Legal AssistantSheba 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.

  • Legal Assistant

    Immigration 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!

  • Kyla Parkhill, Paralegal

    Immigration ParalegalKyla Parkhill has recently completed the Paralegal Education program at Humber College and is writing her licensing exam this August.

    Before she decided that she wanted to pursue a career as a Paralegal, Kyla worked in Home Care as a Personal Support Worker. After several years and a lot of research Kyla knew that she wanted to change her profession and became very interested in law.

    It only seemed natural for Kyla to become a Paralegal, and after a lot of dedication and hard work she has finished the program with Honors and looks forward to continuing education in the future. Her immediate plans are to take the Paralegal Licensing Exam and then begin the process of becoming an Immigration Consultant. Throughout the schooling process Kyla learned that she had a passion for Immigration and has continued to put a lot of effort into learning as much as she can.

    Kyla provides a full complement of professional services and support in all areas of the immigration practice. This includes preparing and submitting family class sponsorships, Permanent Resident Applications, work and study permit applications, Express Entry and much much more.

    Kyla looks forward to assisting you with your immigration needs as well!

  • Sherry Teo Paralegal

    Sherry Paralegal

    Sherry received her Paralegal Diploma from Humber College. She is an experienced Immigration Assistant working primarily on Canadian immigration matters. Sherry has managed and prepared a variety of immigration applications for our clients. She has done extensive research in the Immigration Field. She has assisted with many different Immigration applications such as: Citizenship, Spousal Sponsorship, Express Entry, Permanent Resident Applications, Work Permits and much much more.

    Sherry has gained firsthand knowledge on the assembly of various visa applications, and is an excellent addition to the Akrami & Associates Team!

  • Isaac Bonful, Legal Assistant

    Immigration Legal Assistant

    Isaac received his Diploma in Paralegal education from Humber College, and is currently working on attaining his Bachelor’s degree in the same. He is responsible for researching relevant immigration topics for the firm, curating part of the firm’s social media content, and a host of other duties that are building a solid foundation for our clients.

    Isaac provides a full complement of professional services and support in all areas of the immigration practice. This includes preparing and submitting family class sponsorships, work permit applications, study permit applications, Economic Class immigration (Federal Skilled Workers, Canadian Experience Class, Express Entry), citizenship applications and other visa applications.

    Isaac looks forward to assisting you with all your Immigration needs as well!

  • Sean Azim, SEO

    SEO, 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.

  • George A.

    Office Pet

    George is the office pet. He has received no formal education however is an extremely fast learner. Prior to joining Akrami & Associates, he was busy lounging around and watching for the mail man to come by.

    He enjoys long walks in the park and playing fetch. When George is not sleeping or playing with other Associates, he can be found curled up on the couch.

    George looks forward to greeting you with a smile and freely accepts any petting you may offer. Wof Wof




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  • Reviews

    Shabnam, I wanted to personally thank you for all your hard work and dedication to me and my wife. Our new lives together are all thanks to you. Considering the unique circumstances that initially prevented her, I had lost hope. I will make sure that if anyone I know needs immigration help, I will be sending them your way. Again, I can’t thank you enough.

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    I got my visitors visa thanks to Shabnam. I just want to thank her and all the team for her hard work. They all did a very good job.

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    Reception was very nice and was sure to answer the questions he could but made sure I was taken care of by a rep at the firm. Shabnam was extremely helpful and I will be calling again when I am ready to proceed.

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    We have used Akrami & Associates for all of our immigration needs. They have never let us down and we couldn’t be happier. They took care of us from start to finish with little effort on our part. An excellent group of legal professionals.

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    Fantastic news, I entered Canada without a hitch. Once the guard at the border saw the package you had prepared for me, he took about ten minutes and handed me my permit. What I relief! I don’t know why I ever tried this without you guys! Thank you!

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    Akrami & Associates was extremely professional and the most efficient legal team I have ever had the pleasure of dealing. They responded to my emails quickly, never missed a phone call and explained the process to me in such a way that anyone could understand, even me. Thanks to them, I was able to hire the workers my business needed mush sooner than I had ever expected. You can’t go wrong with them.

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