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Sarah M. Kommineni

Practice Group Associate

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+1.617.348.1786

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Sarah focuses on strategic immigration planning and complex matters relating to visa applications and petitions. She provides advice concerning hires requiring immigration sponsorship, helps clients stay up to date with immigration issues affecting their employees, and counsels clients on matters including Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) and Request for Evidence (RFE) responses. In addition, Sarah advises companies on best practices related to Department of Labor audits as well as site visits and fraud checks by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and helps clients develop and review effective compliance programs.

Before joining Mintz, Sarah served as internal immigration counsel for a global IT company, and worked as an immigration attorney for a Boston law firm.

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (JD)
  • Northeastern University (BS, magna cum laude)

Involvement

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Viewpoints

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Late Sunday night it was announced that Canada had reached an agreement with the United States and Mexico to remain in a North American trade pact. The deal came just hours before the U.S.-imposed deadline of midnight on September 30. The new agreement will be named the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), which was formerly referred to as NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).
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The US Department of State announced instructions for the DV-2020 (Diversity Visa 2020) program. The release of the instructions is somewhat unexpected, as last November President Trump announced that he intended to eliminate the program.

On May 10, 2018, USCIS issued a policy memorandum that updates the current policy on the calculation of unlawful presence for certain nonimmigrants. “Unlawful presence” can occur when an individual is physically in the United States without proper authorization.

Termination of TPS for El Salvador

January 10, 2018| Alert

On January 8, 2018, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador. TPS provides a temporary legal basis to remain in the U.S. and employment authorization to individuals from countries deemed to be unsafe due to natural disaster, civil war, and other conditions.
On May 31st, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they have published a new update on the I-94 website. CBP will remind travelers via e-mail of their officially recorded departure date from the United States. Currently, CBP will send these reminders to eligible travelers on the visa waiver program.

H-1B Updates from USCIS

April 4, 2017| Alert

“Computer Programmer” as a Specialty Occupation
On March 31, 2017, USCIS released a policy memorandum addressing the adjudication and review of H-1B petitions for Computer Programmers.