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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

All USCIS appointments cancelled for 1/19/21 and 1/20/21

USCIS announced that all In-Person Services are suspended January 19th and 20th, 2021, to ensure the safety of employees and individuals with appointments. This announcement was made in response to the attacks on our Nation’s Capitol and the ongoing security threats to the U.S. government and its buildings. These closures include all in-person services […]

By | 2021-01-18T22:28:32+00:00 January 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on All USCIS appointments cancelled for 1/19/21 and 1/20/21

New H-1B Cap Rule on Wage Level

The U.S.Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)  announced Thursday, January 7th, 2021, the final rule to amend H-1B regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) selects H-1B registrations for  H-1B cap-subject petitions.

Under this new rule, which takes effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, USCIS will […]

By | 2021-01-07T21:34:56+00:00 January 7th, 2021|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on New H-1B Cap Rule on Wage Level

TPS extended for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, & Sudan through 10/4/21

On December 7th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a Federal Register notice extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

The notice automatically extends through Oct. 4, 2021, the validity of […]

By | 2020-12-08T12:35:03+00:00 December 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on TPS extended for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, & Sudan through 10/4/21

November Visa Bulletin shows little movement & USCIS honors filing date

After the October Visa Bulletin filing surge, the November Visa Bulletin shows barely any movement in the “filing” dates and modest forward movement in the “final action” dates. USCIS has confirmed that it will honor the “filing” chart in November 2020.

Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions regarding your immigration case.

By | 2020-10-29T12:09:22+00:00 October 29th, 2020|Categories: Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on November Visa Bulletin shows little movement & USCIS honors filing date

Sweeping changes to H-1B / PERM wage leveling and H-1B “specialty occupation” take effect 10/7/20

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security H-1B Strengthening Rule and DOL Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rules were posted for public inspection.  Both DHS and DOL have issued press releases regarding these changes.

Both the DHS and DOL regulations will be published tomorrow in the federal register publish and have a 30 […]

By | 2020-10-06T19:48:41+00:00 October 6th, 2020|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B|Comments Off on Sweeping changes to H-1B / PERM wage leveling and H-1B “specialty occupation” take effect 10/7/20

DOL & H-1B Interim Final Regs expected as early as next week

On October 1, 2020, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), which is housed within the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), marked as “withdrawn” both the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Interim Final Regulations  (“IFR”). In an unusual move, OIRA has decided to not review these regulations […]

By | 2020-10-03T00:09:45+00:00 October 1st, 2020|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B|Comments Off on DOL & H-1B Interim Final Regs expected as early as next week

Federal Court stopped implementation of USCIS Fee Rule

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020,  in Immigrant Legal Resource Center v. Wolf, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California stayed in its entirety the implementation of the new USCIS fee rule that was to take effect Friday, October 2, 2020. This means that for the time being, USCIS cannot implement new fees or the accompanying […]

By | 2020-09-30T15:02:34+00:00 September 29th, 2020|Categories: Court Decision, USCIS Filing Fees|Comments Off on Federal Court stopped implementation of USCIS Fee Rule

DOL permanently implements Electronic PERM Certifications

On Friday, September 25, 2020, The United States Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) announced that it will permanently implement the electronic issuance of PERM labor certifications (“E-cert PERMs”). In March 2020, the DOL started temporarily issuing E-cert PERMs via e-mail as opposed to U.S. mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DOL initially implemented the E-cert PERMs through June […]

By | 2020-09-30T15:11:52+00:00 September 25th, 2020|Categories: Administrative Change, DOL, PERM|Comments Off on DOL permanently implements Electronic PERM Certifications

October 2020 Visa Bulletin Advances significantly

On Thursday, September 24th, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) released the October Visa Bulletin. The Filing Chart for Employment-Based Cases show dramatic jumps forward, especially for Indian nationals in the EB-3 category. Later in the day, USCIS announced that it will honor the filing chart as follows:

By | 2020-09-25T20:30:14+00:00 September 24th, 2020|Categories: AOS, I-140|Comments Off on October 2020 Visa Bulletin Advances significantly

Sarah Peterson is Recognized in Best Lawyers 2021

Sarah is the founder and Principal Attorney at SPS Immigration. Founded in 2005, SPS Immigration is guided by one basic principle – that every client deserves informed, efficient, yet individualized representation. SPS invests in building relationships that enable employers to hire a global workforce, representing a wide variety of clients including health care organizations and professionals, academia, the […]

By | 2020-08-24T10:56:05+00:00 August 20th, 2020|Categories: Awards & Recognitions|Comments Off on Sarah Peterson is Recognized in Best Lawyers 2021