Sarah Peterson

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About Sarah Peterson

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Sarah Peterson testifies in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety

On September 14, 2022, Attorney Sarah Peterson testified as an expert witness in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety regarding the U.S. Healthcare crisis and how smart immigration reform is an immediate solution. Please share her written testimony [https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Testimony%20-%20Peterson%20-%202022-09-14.pdf], watch her live testimony [https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/flatlining-care-why-immigrants-are-crucial-to-bolstering-our-health-care-workforce], and encourage […]

By | 2022-09-20T18:54:44+00:00 September 14th, 2022|Categories: International Medical Graduates (IMG), J-1 waiver, Media|Comments Off on Sarah Peterson testifies in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety

White House Announces Several New Actions to Attract & Retain STEM Talent

On January 21, 2022, the White House announced that the Departments of State and Homeland Security are undertaking several new actions to help attract to the U.S. and retain international talent in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (“STEM”). The Biden-Harris administration stated that, “These actions will allow international STEM talent to […]

By | 2022-01-24T14:46:36+00:00 January 21st, 2022|Categories: Administrative Action, F-1, I-140, STEM|Comments Off on White House Announces Several New Actions to Attract & Retain STEM Talent

USCIS Announces Expedited EAD Process for Certain Healthcare Workers with pending EAD renewals

USCIS announced that effective Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, certain healthcare workers who have a pending Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal application (Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) and whose EAD expires in 30 days or less or has already expired, can request expedited processing of their EAD application. Eligible Healthcare workers should call the USCIS […]

By | 2022-01-05T12:39:22+00:00 December 28th, 2021|Categories: EAD, International Medical Graduates (IMG)|Comments Off on USCIS Announces Expedited EAD Process for Certain Healthcare Workers with pending EAD renewals

White House Rescinds Country-Specific Travel Bans and Imposes Vaccination/Testing Requirements

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10294 revoking the country-specific geographic travel restrictions and mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all international air travelers to the U.S. Starting 12:01am November 8, 2021, noncitizen nonimmigrant air travelers to the U.S. must be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC.

Acceptable Vaccines

CDC is currently accepting […]

By | 2021-10-29T20:06:20+00:00 October 28th, 2021|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on White House Rescinds Country-Specific Travel Bans and Imposes Vaccination/Testing Requirements

TPS extended for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal through 12/31/22

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will be publishing a notice tomorrow in the federal register that automatically extends the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal through December 31, 2022, from the current expiration date of October 4, 2021.

Please let SPS Immigration […]

By | 2021-09-09T14:49:37+00:00 September 9th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on TPS extended for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal through 12/31/22

USCIS will require COVID-19 vaccine series for green card medical exams starting October 1, 2021

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced August 19, 2021 that applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence in the U.S. must obtain the COVID-19 vaccine series starting October 1, 2021. The CDC is providing waivers for individuals who are too young to receive the vaccine (currently, children under the age […]

By | 2021-08-25T13:31:14+00:00 August 24th, 2021|Categories: AOS, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on USCIS will require COVID-19 vaccine series for green card medical exams starting October 1, 2021

USCIS Selects Additional FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

On July 28, 2021, USCIS randomly selected additional H-1B cap registrations that were previously submitted for FY 2022 after determining that it did not receive enough filed H-1B petitions to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations. The H-1B petition filing period based on this second round of registration selections will begin on August 2, 2021 […]

By | 2021-07-29T17:52:59+00:00 July 29th, 2021|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS Selects Additional FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

Sarah Peterson is awarded the Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Sarah Peterson of Minneapolis, MN, with the 2021 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.

One of the nomination letters […]

By | 2021-06-08T22:02:37+00:00 June 8th, 2021|Categories: Awards & Recognitions|Comments Off on Sarah Peterson is awarded the Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

No more H-4/L-2/E biometrics starting May 17th, 2021

As part of litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), Edakunni  v. Mayorkas, the Acting Associate Director of Service Center Operations (“SCOPS”) for USCIS confirmed in a declaration that starting around May 17th it will no longer require biometrics for the dependents of H-1B, L-1, and E-2 visa holders. AILA has also requested that USCIS return […]

By | 2021-05-04T13:35:37+00:00 May 4th, 2021|Categories: H-1B, L-1|Comments Off on No more H-4/L-2/E biometrics starting May 17th, 2021

USCIS announces flexibility for OPT delays and improper rejections

Friday, February 26, 2021, USCIS announced flexibility for OPT receipt delays and improper rejections. These flexibilities apply only to OPT submissions received by USCIS on or after October 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021.  USCIS’ flexibility includes the following:

14-month OPT Period Flexibilities

F-1 students are eligible for 12 months of post-completion […]

By | 2021-03-04T19:53:14+00:00 February 26th, 2021|Categories: F-1|Comments Off on USCIS announces flexibility for OPT delays and improper rejections