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Foster LLP

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Chairman: Charles C. Foster
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 42
Languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Cantonese, Chinese (Mandarin), Chichewa, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Yoruba

Firm Overview:
Foster is a leading global immigration law firm dedicated to helping employers and individuals obtain non-immigrant and immigrant work visas and permanent resident options worldwide. With the most board-certified attorneys in immigration and nationality law in Texas, Foster guarantee top-tier knowledge and expertise, a client-centered approach to service excellence, and tech-led solutions to strategically manage today’s growing need for international talent. The firm comprises over 100 lawyers, legal assistants and other professionals across 3 offices and multiple coordination centers globally. Wherever your business takes you — in the US or abroad — your Foster team reaches to deliver full immigration support. Visit Foster at www.fosterglobal.com to learn more.

Main Areas of Practice:
US Immigration:
28 Houston Attorneys; 14 Austin Attorneys
■ Identification of impacted employees by the President’s Executive Order imposing a Travel Ban on foreign workers and travellers from certain countries, allowing company management to immediately address the extent of potential business disruption and make alternate plans for projects with affected key personnel. Prepared FAQs and business action plans for global mobility managers to quickly develop policies and procedures to minimize or control the severity of the impact of the travel ban on the business operations and prepare their employees on what immigration documents to carry if stopped by an immigration officer
■ Preparation and filing of O-1 petitions for the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet and similar institutions, enriching Houston’s arts, entertainment and sports culture
■ Representation of key researchers of highly contagious diseases in obtaining work visas and lawful permanent residency options
■ Representation of a European citizen to retain German/European citizenship while becoming a US citizen. Holding dual citizenship is a major advantage for employees of multinational corporations that need the flexibility of their employees to be easily assigned abroad and within the US
■ Representation of over 500 employees at a tree trimming company to obtain H-2B visas placed in 11 locations in 6 different states across the US
■ Representation of a French biotech firm in the successful transfer of four key scientists/researchers to the US

Workforce Compliance:
7 Houston Attorneys; 6 Austin Attorneys
■ Advised on immigration compliance policies and procedures for an automated test equipment company’s operations out of Malaysia
■ Establishment of corporate immigration policies as well as process flow and execution of immigration needs for a global enterprise software company
■ Performed proactive Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance audits for an oilfield services company in response to a Notice of Inspection of Forms I-9 by US Customs & Immigration Enforcement. Foster’s I-9 Solver® team supervised the legally permissible correction of all Forms I-9 to identify over $2.75 million in potential liability
■ Facilitation and retention of key personnel during company merger and reorganization, minimizing the immigration related impact and costs associated with required compliance activity

Litigation:
3 Houston Attorneys; 1 Austin Attorney
■ Representation of unaccompanied minor in asylum case before the Houston Asylum office
■ Representation of appeal for mature start-up company when US DOL Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) misclassified the position, which significantly increased the required wage. Foster’s success on appeal resulted in savings of approximately $80,000 per year
■ Representation of DOL’s investigation of company’s Labor Condition Applications (LCAs). Reduction in scope of investigation to a one-year period and to only the LCAs filed for related positions. Succeeded in limiting the client’s liability to back wages, helping the client to completely avoid assessment of fines or imposition of other penalties

Global Immigration:
5 Austin Attorneys
■ Provided immigration legal services supporting the rapid mobilization of 50 high-skilled, rig-based employees in the oil and gas industry who were urgently required for staffing operations offshore Australia
■ Filed over 400 work visa and related immigration cases with the Iraqi government for oil and gas workers
■ Deliverance of Argentine immigration status for the US employees of subcontractor for a $600 million Argentine government construction project
■ Representation of multiple VP-level executives from the US to Belgium

EB-5 and Investor Immigration:
8 Houston Attorneys; 2 Austin Attorneys
■ Structured multimillion dollar public-private EB-5 project in South Texas administered by a city-managed Regional Center that created hundreds of jobs and facilitated millions of dollars of foreign direct investment in an area of high unemployment
■ Successfully defended numerous USCIS designated Regional Centers from being terminated by USCIS for initial inactivity, resulting in enabling some of these Regional Centers to go on and eventually sponsor EB-5 projects resulting in millions of dollars in foreign direct investment and the creation of jobs for US workers
■ Represented Indian family in completing their EB-5 immigrant process to become lawful permanent residents based on their EB-5 investment and joint venture with a major hotel brand in the United States
■ Represented client in overcoming USCIS’‘indebtedness issue’ by arguing that the client did sufficiently secure his loan, which was used to make his EB-5 investment, by explaining that client owned the collateral through a life estate

Consultations by Appointment:
The firm also offers consultations by appointment in the following locations: Edinburg, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Mexico City, Mexico, San Salvador, El Salvador; Beijing, China; Guangzhou, China; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.