Prior to joining Fragomen, Parisa served as an Assistant District Counsel and Acting Deputy District Counsel for the Immigration & Naturalization Service, New York District. At Fragomen, she leads a team that specializes in individual and complex immigration matters and also manages a number of corporate accounts. Her area of specialty includes advising clients with respect to criminal and other inadmissibility grounds, employer sanctions, E-verify and I-9 compliance and enforcement, as well as EB-5 and nonimmigrant investor and entrepreneurial visas.
On the corporate compliance advisory group side, Parisa represents a variety of large, mid-size and smaller companies in their immigration matters, including those in the financial services, medical, pharmaceutical, and technology sectors. She also regularly advises academic institutions and hospitals in their immigration matters.
Parisa has been a faculty member/presenter for the Judicial Institute at Pace University and a guest lecturer at Cardozo Law School and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on a variety of immigration topics such as EB-5 employer sanctions, I-9 compliance, and criminal immigration issues. Parisa has presented at panel events sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), the American Bar Association (ABA) and other prestigious organizations. Parisa served as co-chair of the ABA Immigration Litigation Section and also chairs the Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) annual conference “Defending Removal Proceedings”
Parisa has provided immigration advice and guidance on a pro bono basis to a number of organizations and individuals, including Human Rights First. Parisa and was also a participant in the Varick Street Clinic, sponsored by The New York City Immigrant Advocacy Initiative (NYCIAI), collaboration between the NY Chapter of AILA and the New York City Bar to provide guidance to detained individuals at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Varick Street Detention Center.