Yearly Archives: 2017

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Star Tribune publishes Attorney Sam Myer and Sarah Peterson’s counterpoint on the H-1B program

The Star Tribune publishes Attorney Sam Myer and Sarah Peterson’s Counterpoint explaining how the H-1B Program already contains significant employer-paid fees to train US workers. The H-1B program also contains significant US worker protections. The piece urges us to be informed on the parameters of the existing program so that we can have informed conversations on important improvements, […]

By | 2017-04-20T16:11:22+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on Star Tribune publishes Attorney Sam Myer and Sarah Peterson’s counterpoint on the H-1B program

Executive Order: Buy American And Hire American

On April 18th, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (“EO”) titled, “Buy American And Hire American.” President Trump states that the intent of this EO is to “create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests.” While this is, and should always be, the foundation […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Executive Order, H-1B|Comments Off on Executive Order: Buy American And Hire American

USCIS ran the FY 2018 H-1B cap lottery for the 199,000 received Petitions

On April 17th, 2017, USCIS announced that it ran the FY 2018 H-1B cap lottery. USCIS confirmed that it received only 199,000 H-1B cap petitions for the 85,000 available slots. This figure is a substantial decrease from FY 2017 when USCIS received 236,000 Petitions. USCIS also reiterated that it is still implementing a ban on […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS ran the FY 2018 H-1B cap lottery for the 199,000 received Petitions

U.S. News & World Report quotes Attorney Sarah Peterson

SPS Immigration Attorney Sarah Peterson was recently quoted in the U.S. News & World Report’s article, “How Foreign Health Providers Impact U.S. Health Care.”

International Medical Graduates play a critical role in our nation’s ability to provide adequate medical care, particularly to our nation’s most needy. USCIS’ recent suspension of premium processing of H-1B Petitions directly impacts […]

By | 2017-03-22T15:19:59+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: International Medical Graduate (IMG), J-1 waiver|Comments Off on U.S. News & World Report quotes Attorney Sarah Peterson

Travel Ban 2.0 temporarily suspended

The United States District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s Executive Order  (“EO”) entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  This TRO prevents the government from enforcing sections 2 and 6 of the EO, and is national in scope. Section […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Executive Order, Travel|Comments Off on Travel Ban 2.0 temporarily suspended

DOL withdraws Section H.14 FAQ

Friday afternoon, March 10th, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) temporarily withdrew a recently-published PERM FAQ on Section H.14 that mandates employers quantify any experience listed on the ETA Form 9089.  DOL is clarifying and will be republishing this PERM FAQ in the future.

The PERM process is a test of the U.S. Labor Market by […]

By | 2017-03-15T18:07:40+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on DOL withdraws Section H.14 FAQ

Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp Urge U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Continue Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program

Today Senators Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp urged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to Continue Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program. These Senators have championed the fight for strong immigration policies for International Medical Graduates (“IMGT”) and we are thrilled to see their leadership on this issue.

On Friday, March 3, USCIS announced […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: H-1B, International Medical Graduate (IMG), J-1 waiver|Comments Off on Klobuchar, Collins, Heitkamp Urge U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Continue Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program

DOL FAQ on Unquantified Experience, as listed in H.14 of ETA Form 9089

On Monday, March 6th, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a new FAQ on unquantified experience as listed in section H.14 of ETA Form 9089, which takes effect March 20, 2017. The FAQ changes decades of employer recruitment practice by requiring employers to quantify any skill set required to perform the job, as listed […]

By | 2017-03-10T16:52:54+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, DOL|Comments Off on DOL FAQ on Unquantified Experience, as listed in H.14 of ETA Form 9089

USCIS will suspend Premium Processing of all H-1B Petitions beginning April 3

USCIS just announced that it is suspending the premium processing option for all H-1B Petitions, starting April 3, 2017. This includes all FY18 H-1B Cap cases and all H-1B cases that are cap exempt.

SPS Immigration urges employers who know of H-1B transfer cases or H-1B extension cases to file prior to March 30, 2017 to […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Categories: H-1B, International Medical Graduates (IMG), J-1 waiver|Comments Off on USCIS will suspend Premium Processing of all H-1B Petitions beginning April 3

Federal Court of Appeals continues to permit U.S. entry by refugees and individuals from the seven countries

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided to continue to Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s ban. This means that refugees and individuals from the seven designated countries can continue to enter the U.S. The government can request the U.S. Supreme Court to review this decision but it would take […]

By | 2017-02-09T23:33:40+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision|Comments Off on Federal Court of Appeals continues to permit U.S. entry by refugees and individuals from the seven countries