Sarah Peterson

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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

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and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), which is housed within the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), marked as “withdrawn” both the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Interim Final Regulations  (“IFR”).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

Employees may temporarily use EAD approval notice to verify Form I-9

Due to extensive delays in issuing employment authorization documents (“EAD cards”), USCIS announced Wednesday, August 19, 2020, that employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action, with a Notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020, informing an applicant of approval of an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) as […]

By | 2020-08-20T10:45:02+00:00 August 19th, 2020|Categories: I-9 Compliance|Comments Off on Employees may temporarily use EAD approval notice to verify Form I-9

USCIS Selects Additional FY 2021 H-1B Cap Cases

On August 14, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began updating it’s H-1B portal with new Registration Selections, reflecting additional H-1B cap registrations had been selected in a second lottery cycle for FY 2021.  USCIS selected additional H-1B cap registrations because it did not receive enough filed H-1B petitions from the first lottery to […]

By | 2020-08-14T16:59:15+00:00 August 14th, 2020|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS Selects Additional FY 2021 H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS to Adjust Filing Fees & Premium Processing clock starting October 3rd, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced fee adjustments for specific immigration and naturalization requests handled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

USCIS fee adjustments will go into effect on October 3, 2020. The USCIS fees will be adjusted by a weighted average increase of 20 percent, and are meant to support the […]

By | 2020-08-14T16:58:22+00:00 July 31st, 2020|Categories: Administrative Change|Comments Off on USCIS to Adjust Filing Fees & Premium Processing clock starting October 3rd, 2020