Noaman’s legal practice is primarily devoted to immigration and nationality law where he focuses a significant portion of his time handling complex employment and family immigration matters. He was selected as a Texas Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 – a designation awarded to only the top 2.5% of attorneys in a given practice aera under the age of 35. He recently served as the 2019 co-chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association.
Noaman regularly advises large and small companies on proper Department of Labor procedures and guidelines for labor certification filings. As a former athlete himself, Noaman works closely with many professional athletes in securing O-1 visas and permanent residency (EB-1A) based on their extraordinary athletic ability. ln federal immigration court, Noaman has secured asylum and withholding of removal for many of his clients, including those from Albania, Eritrea, Somalia, Pakistan and lran. He has also successfully litigated many complex legal issues in immigration court including admissibility, deportability, eligibility for immigration relief and waivers. His advocacy and superior trial skills have earned him the praises of multiple immigration judges in Dallas, TX.
Noaman often speaks at CLEs and religious and community centers regarding updates in immigration law – most recently Executive Order 13769, commonly labeled “the Muslim Ban.” In 2017, Noaman spoke on the law school’s Diversity Week Panel on Religion and the Law.
While at Texas Tech University School of Law, Noaman served as Chairman of the Board of Barristers, won the intra-school advanced moot court and mock trial competitions and was selected to six national moot court teams – winning best oralist at multiple national moot court tournaments. Upon graduating, he received the Donald M. Hunt Outstanding Barrister Award, Top Gun Advocacy Award, Fulbright & Jaworski Scholarship, Judge Meade F. Griffin Outstanding Achievement Award from the law school faculty, and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers.
Furqan’s legal practice is devoted entirely to Immigration and Nationality Law. His practice includes the representation of companies seeking visas for their employees, employees seeking back pay for wages earned and the defense of aliens in federal immigration courts across the country. He frequently speaks on legal topics, has testified in criminal court as an expert witness and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at DCCC. From 2012 to 2014, he was the AILA TX/OK/NM Chapter Consumer Protection/UPL Coordinator. In September of 2019, the Dallas Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section awarded Furqan the Immigration Excellence Award.
Furqan has successfully argued on appeal two published decisions, one by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the other by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).
In the precedent setting case of Matter of Quilantan, 25 I&N Dec. 285 (BIA 2010), the BIA found that “an alien who physically presents herself for questioning and makes no knowing false claim to citizenship is ‘inspected,’ even though she volunteers no information and is asked no questions by the immigration authorities, and that such an alien…” has “made a lawful entry into the United States after inspection and authorization by an immigration officer.” Furqan’s victory was a powerful ruling that allows aliens to be able to adjust their status to that of lawful permanent resident even when they have not received thorough questioning at the border.
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which sought to create higher wages for U.S. workers. As a result, USCIS began denying H-1B applications that were filed under a “Level 1” wage rate. In the first positive decision issued by the AAO since the Executive Order, USCIS reversed the denial of an H-1B visa petition finding that Furqan’s client properly used a Level 1 wage for the job of a Geotechnical Engineer in Training (EIT), and that the H-1B visa petition adhered with the correct, five-step procedure for determining the appropriate wage level for the job. Matter of B-C-, Inc. (Jan 25, 2018). This was another powerful ruling that clarified for USCIS that a level 1 wage does not automatically disqualify an H-1B employer from establishing that the position offered is a specialty occupation.
In 2010, one of Furqan’s clients dubbed him their “E-attorney,” and he has been known to wear that moniker as a badge of honor. In fact, legend has it that Furqan often times starts responding to client E-mails before the client has even hit the “Send” button. When Furqan is not spending time with his wife and two daughters, he can usually be found overly obsessing about sports. He also mentors other attorneys and participates in pro bono legal clinics.
Upon graduation from law school, Farah worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of Northwest Texas where she frequently appeared in family court while representing indigent clients in divorce as well as custody related litigation. At Azhar & Azhar Law Firm, she has been part of the employment based practice group, working primarily on H-1B’s and I-140’s.
Farah dedicates much of her free time to her service as the Legislative Committee Chair for Plano ISD Council of PTA’s as well as Plano ISD’s Diversity Advisory Committee. She also enjoys playing pickleball and traveling.
Uzma has been clerking with Azhar & Azhar law firm since 2010, before joining as an associate attorney in 2013. Uzma has developed experience in numerous areas including business and civil law, real property, wills and estates, probate, and immigration.
During law school, Uzma worked as a student attorney at the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the Center for Legal and Social Justice. As a result, Uzma developed a great interest in pro bono work, specifically with immigrant women that have been affected by abuse and domestic violence.
Uzma enjoys spending her free time reading, hiking and with her sons. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Uzma grew up in San Antonio, Texas and is fluent in Urdu and Hindi, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.