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Immigration Minute

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • New York


  • Catholic University, Columbus School of Law
  • Syracuse University

Spoken Languages

  • Farsi
  • French

Parisa K. Karaahmet

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 focuses on individual and complex immigration matters and also manages a number of corporate accounts. Her area of focus includes advising clients with respect to criminal and other inadmissibility grounds, employer sanctions, EB-5, E-verify and I-9 compliance and enforcement.

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.

Professional Accomplishments


Co-chair, Immigration Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA)

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Member, Federal Bar Council

Member, American Foreign Lawyers Association

Member, Iranian American Bar Association

Faculty Positions

Faculty Member and Presenter, the Judicial Institute at Pace University, 2007-2008

Publications and Lectures

Parisa has been a faculty member/presenter for the Judicial Institute at Pace University and a guest lecturer at Cardozo Law School

Parisa is a frequent speaker at national conferences on a variety of immigration topics such as employer sanctions, I-9 compliance, EB-5, and criminal immigration issues

Parisa has presented at panel events sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), the American Bar Association and other prestigious organizations

Parisa also chairs PLI’s annual conference “Defending Removal Proceedings”

Pro Bono

Parisa has provided immigration advice and guidance on a pro bono basis to a number of organizations and individuals

Parisa is a participant in the Varick Street Clinic, sponsored by The New York City Immigrant Advocacy Initiative (NYCIAI) a 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