Mr. Sarparast is admitted into the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is licensed to practice immigration law in all 50 states.

Whether you should seek the assistance of an immigration attorney will be a personal decision, but it typically revolves around the importance of your future plans and what your situation requires. Every immigration case is different and therefore you should consult an immigration attorney before making any final decisions. For example, one small event or date in a person’s life can completely change their immigration options.

The field of immigration law is one that constantly changes and requires an attorney who can dedicate much time and care. Often times a case can be delayed and ultimately denied due to very small but crucial errors. It is not uncommon to receive calls at SARPA LAW from those who have damaged their family’s case and are now seeking an attorney, but sometimes it can be too late to fix. An attorney is frequently able to get a case concluded much faster since it is their job to handle immigration cases full time for a living and they have the experience from prior cases. An attorney can also avoid or prevent delays and problems, whenever possible.

Ultimately, an immigration attorney will improve your chances of a successful result and take away much of the stress so that you can focus on other parts of your life. The attorney may be able to locate shorter routes or more successful ways to handle your case. Also, the attorney has the ability to speak on your behalf with the government and knows the right issues to raise or questions to ask to make sure your case is being handled correctly by the government.


Every once in a while a potential client may call or come through the door at SARPA LAW with a horror story or lesson that can now be passed on to others. Please be careful of notaries, consultants, online websites or anyone else that promise or guarantee quick and simple solutions to immigration problems or visas. Be careful of people who say they have a connection or person in the inside that fixes cases, there is no such thing. Be careful of people who are practicing immigration law without a proper law license, it is illegal. Be careful of lawyers in other countries that are not licensed in the US or do not have experience with US law.


Immigration law can be very confusing. Below you will find some quotes from the government and federal judges themselves about the complexity of immigration law:

  • "Every immigration benefit has its own set of rules, regulations, and procedures. Many are complex and time-consuming to adjudicate. Some are so difficult to process that specialists must handle them." 9/11 and Terrorist Travel, Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, at 98 (August 21, 2004).
  • "The statutory scheme defining and delimiting the rights of aliens is exceedingly complex. Courts and commentators have stated that the Immigration and Nationality Act resembles 'King Mino's labyrinth in ancient Crete,' and is 'second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.'" Chan v. Reno, 1997 U.S. Dist. Lexis 3016, *5 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (citations omitted).
  • "Since 1931 the law on deportation has not become simpler. With only a small degree of hyperbole, immigration laws have been termed 'second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.' A lawyer is often the only person who could thread the labyrinth." Castro-O'Ryan v. INS, 821 F.2d 1415, 1419 (9th Cir. 1987) (citations omitted).

Below is a quote from the former head of the USCIS, the agency that administers most immigration applications, in which he is speaking to the US Congress:

  • "We are saddled with administering what my legal friends tell me is the most complicated set of laws in the nation. I am told it beats the tax code. And as the Immigration and Nationality Act, which you from time to time see fit to modify or add a layer or take one away, each application we receive seems to be slightly or largely different from the other. Six million to seven million applications have to be administered – adjudicated – against a body of law that is very complex and sometimes contradicting each other." Testimony of Eduardo Aguirre, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, 109th Cong. (March 2006).

The following link is a 2008 article regarding the surge of citizenship denials and the sometimes negative consequences: Perfectly Legal Immigrants, Until They Applied for Citizenship (NY Times, 04/12/08).

Immigration law is derived from numerous sources. The most commonly used law is the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA), which is found under 8 U.S.C. (United States Code). There were many new laws that were passed after 9/11 and there are also numerous Acts that are specific to certain nationals. There are regulations found under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Then there are written legal decisions issued by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Most importantly, there are written decisions specific to immigration published by various Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. There are also field manuals issued by the government that advise their federal officers of uniform rules on adjudicating cases. Likewise, there are guidance memos issued by the heads of various federal immigration agencies to all immigration officers, which dictate changes in policy. Finally, there are local customs and procedures governing immigration officers which apply only to the specific region or State where the case will be initially decided. Of course, immigration laws or policies are often under threat of being changed or in fact are changed as a result of Presidential or Congressional politics.

There are also an untold number of federal agencies involved in the immigration process, the most important include: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of State (DOS), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).

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