Mr. Karamat Qayum is dedicated to representing the immigrant community and
uses his background as an immigrant himself to help others achieve their
dream of permanent residency in America. Additionally, his experience in
litigation has given him the knowledge and wherewithal to deal with any
legal problem an immigrant may experience in Miami, Florida.
Born in Medellín, Colombia, Mr. Qayum arrived in the United States when he
was ten years old. He even spent time being undocumented in the United
States. He is fluent in English and Spanish and is well equipped to not
only understand the concerns and difficulties of those with immigration
problems but can help resolve them in the best way possible.
Mr. Qayum graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal
Justice from Florida International University. While obtaining his
undergraduate degree, he interned with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s
Office, where he gained invaluable knowledge of the criminal justice
system. He is also a proud alumnus of Florida International University’s
College of Law.
During law school, he participated in the Immigrant Children’s Justice
Clinic, where he represented immigrant children facing removal from the
country. He also participated in the Community Development Clinic, where
he provided legal counsel and transactional services to small businesses
and non-profit organizations. This vast experience with the United States
justice equipped him with the knowledge of how that system works, allowing
him to best guide his clients through their cases, avoiding pitfalls that
might not be obvious to those less experienced.
Mr. Qayum served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Stacy D.
Glick. Also, he was a law clerk with the United States Department of
Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review, where he advised and
drafted legal decisions for immigration judges on issues involving removal
cases. He later worked for a prestigious immigration firm in Coral Gables
before opening the doors of Garcia & Qayum Law Group, P.A.
Mr. Qayum is a past president of the Colombian American Bar Association.
He is also a board member of the Miami-Dade Hispanic Affairs Advisory
Board, where he advices county commissioners to the needs of the Hispanic
community living in Miami-Dade County. Recently, Mr. Qayum was selected to
Super Lawyers 2019 Florida Rising Start list, an honor reserved for those
lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in
Florida receive this distinction.
From a 10-year-old immigrant until now, Mr. Qayum has spent decades
building his experience and gaining the education necessary to be the most
effective advocate for those that find themselves in the position he once
He enjoys using his talents, education, and empathy for immigrants to help
them not just survive, but thrive in the United States, living a life they
could only dream about before coming to the country. Mr. Qayum understands
that a legal status can change a family’s future.