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Caroline Ostrom

Phone: (612) 822-1901
Fax: (612) 822-1909

Caroline Ostrom provides personalized immigration law services to Ostrom & Peterson LLC’s corporate and individual clients. Ms. Ostrom is also a frequent speaker on business immigration and serves as Chair of the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association).

Ms. Ostrom assists companies and individuals in obtaining visas and green cards in the U.S. and at consulates worldwide. On the employment side, representative cases include H-1Bs (temporary worker), TNs (NAFTA Professional), L-1A/L-1B (intracompany transferee), E-2 (treaty investor), O-1 (outstanding ability), EB-5 (Immigrant investor), PERM (Labor Cert.), Extraordinary Ability Petitions (EB-1A), Multinational Executives or Managers (EB-1C), EB-2 National Interest Waivers (EB-2 NIW), and Outstanding Professor or Researcher Petitions (EB-1B). Ms. Ostrom’s clients range from established companies to start-ups. She has had success responding to difficult Requests for Evidence on complex cases. She also brings her experience as in-house immigration counsel to advise clients on HR immigration compliance matters, including I-9s, LCA Public Access Files, and E-verify.

On the family side, cases include fiancee petitions (K-1), marriage-based cases (I-130/I-485/I-864 Affidavit of Support), removal of conditions (I-751 petitions), I-601 and I-601A waivers, and J-1 waivers. Ms. Ostrom also represents clients filing for U.S. citizenship, identifying any issues involved in a particular case, and successfully applying for waivers of the English or Civics test when appropriate.

Ms. Ostrom's 15 years of legal experience, including as an associate general counsel for an IT consulting company, gives her clients a full service approach to their immigration issues.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. (Cum Laude) – 1997
Honors in Legal Writing and Research

Carleton College
B.A., History (Cum Laude) – 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Working Effectively with Corporate Clients, Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, AILA, Minneapolis, May 2016
  • Moderator, Advanced PERM Panel, Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, AILA, Minneapolis, April 2015
  • Moderator, H-1B Primer and Tips for the FY 2016 Cap Season, Minneapolis, March 2015
  • Speaker, Immigration 101, Introduction to Immigration Basics, MSBA, Minneapolis, 2012
  • Panelist, Your First H-1B: What You Need to Know, Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, AILA, St. Paul, April 2012
  • Speaker, Business Immigration and Compliance for HR Professionals, TCHRA Spring Conference 2011
  • Speaker, Overview of U.S. Immigration Law for Interpreters, University of Minnesota, 2011
  • Speaker, Business Immigration and Compliance for HR, SWNHRA, 2010
  • Speaker, Overview of U.S. Immigration Law for Interpreters, University of Minnesota, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association
    Chair, 2016 - Present
    Vice Chair, 2015-2016
    Treasurer, 2013-2015 
    Member, 2000 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Ostrom Law Office, LLC, Founding Member, 2009 - 2015
  • Analysts International Corporation, Associate General Counsel, 2004 - 2009
  • Tuft & Arnold, PLLP, Associate, 2003 - 2004
  • Rider Bennett, LLP, Associate, 1999 - 2003
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, Judicial Law Clerk, 1998 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Volunteer Attorney, 2009 - Present
  • MN Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Attorney, 2000 - 2006

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