Sarah K. Peterson
Between stalled legislation, executive orders and an alphabet soup of classifications, the world of US immigration law is complex. Employers from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups know that hiring international talent can quickly become an expensive, confusing and lengthy process. Particularly in this new environment.
That’s where I come in. My name is Sarah Peterson and I am an attorney focusing on employment-based immigration including H-1B visas, J-1 Waivers, PERM applications, Extraordinary Ability Petitions, National Interest Waivers, consular processing, and I-9 compliance and audits. Basically, I help your company retain the most competitive candidates from around the world.
I have practiced employment-based immigration law since 2006, helping transition foreign-born doctors, researchers, engineers, IT specialists and managers to some of our nation’s top universities and research facilities. I work with start-ups, non-profits, and high-tech corporations. I make your field my business.
I hold a joint law degree and master in public policy from the University of Minnesota Law School and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. I am very active in our professional association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). In 2012, I was elected as a Director on the AILA National Board of Governors and I continue to actively serve on this Board. I am Chair of AILA’s U.S. Department of Labor Liaison committee. I have previously served on AILA Liaison committees with the California and Nebraska USCIS Service Centers, AILA’s Health Care Professionals/Physicians committee, and Chaired the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of AILA. Locally I serve on the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota’s (ILCM) Public Policy Committee since 2013. I was selected as one of Minnesota’s Lawyer’s Up and Coming Attorneys for 2010, am named in International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), and as Law Dragon’s 40 Up and Coming Employment Lawyers (2016, 2017) . When I am not in Minneapolis, I am traveling to speak nationally on immigration issues or to meet with leaders in Washington D.C. to make immigration reform a reality.
I am committed to providing relationship-based expertise and I hold myself to an impeccable standard of ethics and excellence. I serve clients with both enthusiasm and intellect. Our global economy necessarily requires global talent so let me help your team achieve its full potential.
H-1B Policy: DHS Announces Rulemakings to Restrict Availability, Eligibility for H-1B Visas; Revised Employment Definition Likely to Target Outsourcers, The Capitol Forum, Vol. 6, No. 36, January 29, 2018
H-1B Visa Policy: A Close Look at Homeland Security Data: Administration Closely Scrutinizing Petitions for Entry-Level H-1B Workers, The Capitol Forum, Vol. 6, No. 9, January 8, 2018
The Feds Had Their Turn. Time for State-Based Visas?, Bloomberg , May 12, 2017
Immigrant Nurses: Filling the Next U.S. Shortage, U.S. News & World Report, March 29, 2017
Rural health providers in Minnesota, elsewhere fear fallout from suspension of visas for immigrant doctors, Star Tribune, March 27, 2017
How Foreign Health Providers Impact U.S. Health Care, U.S. News & World Report, March 22, 2017
Recent Speaking Engagements
Advanced PERM Issues, 2018 AILA Midyear Conference, Cancun, Mexico, February 2, 2018
Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) – Current Adjudication Trends and Anticipated Changes, PLI’s 50th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, New York, NY, December 6, 2017
Responding to H-1B RFE’s Raising “Level I Wage” Issues, AILA National Audio Seminar, August 31, 2017
DOL Open Forum, 2017 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, New Orleans, LA, June 21-24, 2017
Arguing for H-1B Cap Exemptions, 2017 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, New Orleans, LA, June 21-24, 2017
Making PERM Great Again!, 2017 Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, Brooklyn Center, MN, May 19, 2017
Labor & Employment Law: Who Trumps in the Workplace Under Current Immigration Law?, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, April 24, 2017
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Open Forum, 2017 AILA Spring Conference: Immigration and the New Administration, Washington, D.C., April 7th, 2017
Top PERM Issues in 2017, Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 13, 2017
Finally a New PERM?, AILA Midwinter Conference, St. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, January 20, 2017
Did They Leave Us a Parting Gift – The Changes Brought by the High Skilled Non-immigrant Rule and How They Affect Your Clients, MN/DAK Chapter of AILA, Minneapolis, MN, January 13, 2017
Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) Modernization – Current Adjudication Trends and Anticipated Changes, Practising Law Institute, 49th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, New York, NY December 7th, 2016
PERM for Physicians, Physician Immigration Law Institute Advanced Issues for J-1 Physician Employers and Practitioners, Washington, DC, December 5, 2016
PERM Roundtable, Physician Immigration Law Institute Advanced Issues for J-1 Physician Employers and Practitioners, Washington, DC, December 4, 2016
The 212(d)(3) Waiver for Nonimmigrant Applicants, Wine and CLE: Fermenting a Consular Practice, Santiago, Chile, November 16, 2016
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