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About Sarah Peterson

Immigration Lawyer and Policy Wonk committed to building relationships and providing superb client services. Specialties:Employment-based immigration law - For more, read Sarah's professional profile

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review and Allows Parts of the Entry Ban to Take Effect

This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision granting review of President Trump’s revised Travel Ban against nationals from six Muslim-majority countries. The Supreme Court will hear the decision in its first session of the next term next October (Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, case number 16-1436).

The Supreme Court also allowed certain […]

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision, Executive Order, Travel|Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review and Allows Parts of the Entry Ban to Take Effect

9th Circuit Upholds injunction on President Trumps Travel Ban

Monday, June 12th, 2017, the 9th Circuit became the second court to uphold an injunction on President Trump’s Travel Ban. This ruling affirmed a March decision from Judge Watson of the Federal District Court in Hawaii. Previously, the Fourth Circuit also upheld an injunction, a decision which prompted the administration to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

By |June 12th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Court Decision, Travel|Comments Off on 9th Circuit Upholds injunction on President Trumps Travel Ban

DOL Announces Actions to Increase U.S. Worker Protections & Confront Visa Fraud

On June 6, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the DOL will be actively pursuing actions to increase protections of American workers while more aggressively confronting entities committing visa program fraud and abuse. DOL efforts will […]

By |June 7th, 2017|Categories: Compliance|Comments Off on DOL Announces Actions to Increase U.S. Worker Protections & Confront Visa Fraud

Bloomberg discusses with Attorney Sarah Peterson Sen. Ron Johnson’s bill to create a State Sponsored Visa Program

In a May 12th article, Bloomberg discusses with Attorney Sarah Peterson Senator Ron Johnson’s bill to create a State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program (S.1040). The article is titled The Feds Had Their Turn. Time for State-Based Visas?

By |May 12th, 2017|Categories: Immigration Legislation, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Bloomberg discusses with Attorney Sarah Peterson Sen. Ron Johnson’s bill to create a State Sponsored Visa Program

Department of State Announces desired new Visa Interview Questions

Today, May 4th, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) released a list of new questions it seeks to ask all applicants in visa interviews. DOS is asking the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for emergency review and approval of its ability to incorporate these questions into all visa interviews moving forward. This list is […]

By |May 4th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on Department of State Announces desired new Visa Interview Questions

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 |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 |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 |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 |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 |March 15th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Executive Order, Travel|Comments Off on Travel Ban 2.0 temporarily suspended