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, artists, 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 Chaired AILA’s U.S. Department of Labor Liaison committee from 2017 – 2021. 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 served on the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota’s (ILCM) Public Policy Committee from 2013 – 2018. I am recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, 2020 – present, Women in the Law” Business Edition since 2021, Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Corporate Immigration (2018-2021), International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2014-present), Law Dragon’s 40 Up and Coming Employment Lawyers (2016-2018), and was selected as one of Minnesota’s Lawyer’s Up and Coming Attorneys for 2010 . 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.
What is really happening on the U.S. Border with Mexico, Kare-11, March 19, 2021
H-1B Secrecy Veil Torn Off as Trump Steps Up Visa Targeting, Bloomberg, August 5th, 2019
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
What Do the DOJ and DOL Facebook Settlements Mean for PERM Programs Going Forward?, AILA Virtual CLE, December 15, 2021
Physicians Laboring Under DOL, 2021 Physician Immigration Law Institute, December 6, 2021, Washington, DC
Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) – Current Adjudication Trends, 54th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute PLI, December 1, 2021, New York, NY
EB I-485 & Ongoing October 2020 AOS Downgrade Considerations, AILA MN/DAK Chapter Virtual CLE, October 6, 2021
Tips of the Trade; best practices in labor certifications and I-140 petitions, Catholic Legal Services Annual CLE, September 23, 2021
Wage Determinations and SOC Updates, Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, May 14, 2021
PERM Refresher and Updates, Philadelphia AILA Chapter Virtual Conference, April 30, 2021
First 100 Days & Beyond, AILA Rome District Chapter – EMEA 2021 Virtual Spring Conference, April 28, 2021
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Open Forum, 2021 AILA Spring CLE Virtual Conference, April 15, 2021
Bridging the U.S. Immigration Divide, 3rd Annual Love Actually Talk “Reconnect & Rebuild,” March 25, 2021
Pardon the Interruption: Advanced Tips and Tricks to Tackle Absurd Case Issues, 2021 Midwinter Virtual Conference, March 2, 2021
Using Alternative Wage Surveys for PERMs and H-1Bs: Money Matters Strategies, AILA web seminar, February 4, 2021
Updates from Department of Labor, AILA Ohio Virtual CLE Conference, December 4, 2020
Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) – Current Adjudication Trends, 53rd Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute Live Webcast, Practicing Law Institute, December 3, 2020
Another Brick in the Wall: Impact of COVID and POTUS on Immigrant Visas, AILA virtual Fall Conference, October 21, 2020
Top DOL Issues in 2020, Midwest Regional Virtual AILA Conference, October 9 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Open Forum, AILA Virtual Annual Conference, July 22, 2020
No Masks, No Meat, Know Your Rights and More, Minnesota State Bar Association web CLE, June 11, 2020
Dissecting the H-1B: The Anatomy of a Specialty Occupation in the Post-Pandemic World, MN/DAK AILA Virtual Conference, May 29, 2020
The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on H-1B Employers and H-1B Workers, AILA late-breaking web seminar, May 1, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Open Forum, AILA Spring Conference, Washington, DC, March 6, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Panel, AILA Spring Conference, Washington, DC, March 6, 2020
Hot Topics in Business Immigration, AILA Midwinter CLE Conference, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao, January 24, 2020
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