Shahid Haque-Hausrath

Managing Partner, Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C. - A full service immigration law firm.
Contact: (888) 595-2004
(406) 594-2004
Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology
Jurisdictions: Illinois


About Shahid Haque-Hausrath
Shahid Haque-Hausrath operates and manages the Border Crossing Law Firm as well as the non-profit charitable group the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance ("MIJA"). He has represented over a thousand immigrants and their families all across Montana, and has been in contact with over a thousand other immigrants in Montana through his advocacy efforts. He has internalized their stories, their feelings and anxieties, and is one of the few people in Montana who has a broad and clear picture of the diverse immigrant communities throughout Montana. Shahid Haque-Hausrath dedicates his practice to helping immigrants obtain legal status in the United States and pursue all that the country has to offer. Mr. Haque-Hausrath has considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of immigration matters, including applications with the consulates and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, representing clients arrested by the Department of Homeland Security, defending immigrants in removal proceedings in Immigration Court, and representing clients in criminal immigration proceedings in federal court. Mr. Haque-Hausrath believes strongly that every immigrant deserves the right to legal representation and has committed a significant portion of his practice to pro bono work for especially disadvantaged clients who cannot afford to pay for legal services. In 2009, Mr. Haque-Hausrath was the recipient of the Neil Haight Pro Bono Award, granted by the State Bar of Montana to the attorneys with the greatest commitment to pro bono work. Mr. Haque-Hausrath has won asylum and cancellation of removal for over a dozen refugees who fled from their home countries to escape torture, persecution, and death on account of their political or religious beliefs. He maintains a regular caseload of pro bono clients in removal proceedings. Mr. Haque-Hausrath works with the Montana Legal Services Association, domestic violence prevention groups, and other non-profit and charitable o
Practice Areas
  • Immigration Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Criminal Immigration Violations
  • Worksite Compliance with Immigration Laws
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • Flat fees offered for many types of cases; affordable monthly payment plans can be arranged.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Juris Doctor, with High Honors (Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology)
Professional Experience
Managing Partner, Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C.
Representing immigrants in a wide variety of matters, including family and business related visa processing, adjustment of status, green cards, asylum, removal and deportation defense, and citizenship and naturalization services.
Director, Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance ("MIJA")
The Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (MIJA) is a statewide organization focused on immigrant justice issues. The acronym for the organization, mija, is an affectionate abbreviation of mi hija which means my daughter in Spanish. We chose this name because we believe that family unity is an important and fundamental human right, and one that many migrants are denied. Over the last decade, the State of Montana has experienced growth in the numbers of migrants arriving here in search of work and a better life for their families. With the influx of migrants, we have witnessed a host of new challenges and injustices. Migrants are commonly confronted with financial, food and housing insecurity, racial prejudice, language barriers, cultural and political barriers, overt hostility to their presence, and inability to access services. Over the years, many groups and individuals have been doing impressive work on behalf of immigrants in Montana. The goal of this organization is to expand our power and influence by combining our efforts.
Associate Attorney, Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven, P.C.
Practicing before administrative agencies in numerous public service, labor, and taxation proceedings. Practicing immigration law and representing immigrants in a wide variety of matters.
Associate Attorney, Howrey LLP
Litigated class actions, complex commercial litigation, RICO and consumer fraud claims by taking depositions, conducting research, and drafting legal pleadings, memoranda and motions. Maintained active pro bono practice and represented a refugee in Immigration Court proceedings.
Associate Attorney, Jenner & Block, LLP
Drafted legal pleadings, memoranda and motions, including numerous dispositive motions. Researched and analyzed a wide variety of legal issues, including the validity of putative class claims, civil RICO and consumer fraud claims. Maintained a lively pro bono practice: Won asylum for three refugees; defended two clients from removal in Immigration Court and represented one client in an application before the Chicago Asylum Office. Prepared immigration paperwork for clients, including applications for Legal Permanent Resident status and visa petitions for family members; reunited a Togolese refugee with her three children. Worked with the Tax Assistance Program to prepare federal and state tax returns for low-income individuals and families.
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of TechnologyJ.D
Honors: High Honors; Order of the Coif; West Publishing Award for the highest GPA in the class, 2002-2003; Bar & Gavel Award for outstanding service to the community; CALI Award for highest grade in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Federal Courts.
Bar & Gavel Award for outstanding service to the community., Chicago-Kent College of Law
Awards for highest grade in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Federal Courts classes in law school., CALI
West Publishing Award for the highest GPA in the class of 2002-03., West Publishing
Professional Associations
Executive Director, Immigration West, Inc.
Managing Partner, Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C.
Appointed Member, Helena International Affairs Council
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)


Articles & Publications
  • Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts: RICO (Contributing Editor)
    Thomson West, 2d Edition
  • Beyond Hoffman Plastic: Reforming National Labor Relations Policy to Conform to the Immigration Reform and Control Act
    Chicago-Kent Law Review




Downtown Helena
312 N. Ewing St.
2nd Floor
Helena, MT 59601
Toll-Free: (888) 595-2004
Telephone: (406) 594-2004
Fax: (888) 594-2179