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Sari M. Long



Sari Long is a Colorado-based attorney who helps companies create strategies around immigration, Form I-9 compliance and worksite enforcement. She advises on U.S. employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and labor certifications, family-based immigration, and refugee and asylum issues. Sari works with employers across the U.S. in a range of industries to apply for and secure work authorization and permanent residence for employees, and she provides a full range of training for HR and legal teams on immigration and I-9 compliance issues, including compliance with the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Sari is invited to speak nationally on immigration matters, and she is a strong advocate for employers seeking to solve workforce challenges through creative immigration solutions.

Sari also works with the firm's government team on the process and policies of procurement, bidding and government contracting.

U.S. Inbound Immigration Matters

Sari works with multinational and local clients on U.S. inbound immigration matters, including:
  • Counseling on I-9 compliance procedures and best practices
  • Advising on E-Verify implementation and practice
  • Guiding employers in responding to and preparing for worksite enforcement actions
  • Preparing petitions to USCIS and CBP for nonimmigrant visas (e.g., H-1B, H-2B, TN, L-1A/L-1B, O-1)
  • Supporting employers with student and intern visa issues, including F-1 and J-1
  • Preparing PERM labor certifications and employment-based immigrant visa petitions (EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3)
  • Counseling employers and foreign nationals on global travel-related questions

Past Experience

After serving as an immigration paralegal at Faegre Baker Daniels from 2005-06, Sari expanded her background and knowledge on diversity and immigration through a series of experiences, including:
  • Working in-house at a technology company as a human resources business partner
  • Working in Tajikistan as a legal intern for the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative
  • Researching and writing about LGBT issues within asylum law for a Cambridge-based nonprofit
  • Providing case support at the Department of Justice for prosecuting hate crimes

Personal Interests

Sari is an avid triathlete and world traveler.

Related Topics


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Colorado Supreme Court


Northeastern University School of Law
J.D. Northeastern University Law Journal (staff editor) (2013)

Harvard University
M.L.A. in Management (2010)

McGill University
B.A. (2003)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • How Congress Is Addressing Employment Visa Backlog
    Law360, July 8, 2022
  • Zombie Attack! Return of Social Security "No-Match" Letters
    Co-author, AILA Insight, 2019
  • Immigration and Employment Considerations for Startups and New U.S. Businesses
    Co-author, Indiana Manufacturers Association Executive Memo, September 2018.
  • Form I-9 in the Digital Age: Employer Compliance and Enforcement Challenges
    Co-author, The American University Business Law Review, Vol. 7, 2018
  • 2018 Immigration Law Forecast: Employers Prepare for High Levels of Scrutiny & Audits
    Co-presenter, Employment Law Today seminar, Faegre Baker Daniels, December 2017
  • Speed Mentoring and Urgent Career Coaching Care
    Co-presenter, Women in Law Conference, Boston, May 2017
  • Hot Topics in U.S. Business Immigration
    Co-presenter, Faegre Baker Daniels Webinar, May 2016
  • Hot Topics in U.S. Business Immigration
    Co-presenter, Faegre Baker Daniels Webinar, May 2015
  • Inside USCIS' Much-Anticipated L-1B Visa Guidance
    Law360, March 2015
  • Companies Should Prepare Now for E-Verify
    Co-presenter with Scott Wright, Immigration & Global Mobility Seminar, Passport to Success: Compliance for Your U.S. and International Workforce, Minneapolis, May 2014
  • How to Conduct an Internal I-9 Audit
    Co-presenter with Scott Wright, Immigration & Global Mobility Seminar, Passport to Success: Compliance for Your U.S. and International Workforce, Minneapolis, May 2014
  • NGO Report to the UN Committee Against Torture: Kenya
    Physicians for Human Rights, May 2013

Firm Blog Contributions

  • LaborSphere – a resource providing coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of labor issues

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • The Advocates for Human Rights
  • International Refugee Assistance Project (Formerly Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project)
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers

Civic Activities

  • Arzuw Foundation — Founder and Board Co-Chair, 2006-present
  • Peace Corps Turkmenistan — Volunteer, 2003-05

Firm Leadership

  • Financial Services Industry Team — Steering Committee
  • Women Forward — Leadership Council, 2015-22
  • Associates Committee


  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Immigration Law, 2024
  • National Association of Women Lawyers — Rising List, 2023
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Award, 2023
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2016, 2018
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Washington Office Client Service Innovation Award, 2015
Awards Methodology
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