Roy Barquet

Roy Barquet

Foley & Lardner LLP

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New USCIS Policy Decision Broadens Permissible Bases for Visa Transfer of Multinational Managers

After four years of internal deliberations, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy memorandum binding all USCIS personnel to follow the reasoning of a 2013 USCIS Administrative Appeals Office...more

6/29/2016 - Administrative Appeal Office Corporate Executives Employee Transfers Foreign Affiliates L-1A L-Visas Managers Multinationals USCIS

Hybrid Visa Offers Alternative to Limited H-1B Visa

For an ever-increasing number of U.S. employers, the start of another calendar year also means H-1B season has arrived. However, given the competitive nature of the H-1B program, many employers are turning to an alternative...more

2/5/2016 - B-1 Consulate H-1B Specialty Occupations US Department of State USCIS Visas

New Social Security Card Application Requisites Raise Eyebrows

On August 10, 2015, the Social Security Administration (SSA) adopted a final rule that, as of September 9, 2015, eliminates the requirement that applicants seeking to obtain a new or replacement Social Security number card...more

8/26/2015 - Federal Register Final Rules I-9 Required Documentation Social Security Administration (SSA) Social Security Numbers USCIS

USCIS Acts to Eliminate Employment Disruption for Professional Workers

Employers who seek to reduce disincentives that currently encourage H-1B non-immigrant employees to abandon adjustment to lawful permanent residence status will benefit from a new employment authorization rule announced on...more

3/4/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Spouses USCIS

Navigating Employment-Based Visas for Startups

Startups often seek to hire highly educated employees with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and science) fields in order to compete with their established competitors. Post-graduate international students...more

9/30/2014 - Corporate Counsel H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Hiring & Firing L-1 Visas Startups STEM

When Hiring a Foreign Employee May Really Be the Only Feasible Option

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), otherwise known as the BALCA, recently issued an employer-friendly decision that contemplates how an employer can demonstrate it is not...more

9/9/2014 - BALCA DOL Immigrants PERM Visas

AAO Finds USCIS Impermissibly Redefines Showing of Specialized Knowledge

The Administrative Appeals Office of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, otherwise known as the AAO, recently reversed a finding by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that had denied approval of an L-1B...more

4/10/2013 - Foreign Workers L-1B Multinationals USCIS Visas

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