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NJL People: Rebecca N. Desnoyers

Rebecca brings more than 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney to her role as Senior Counsel within the corporate immigration law team and labor and employment group. Her practice focuses on business immigration, working with and advising employers on employer-sponsored nonimmigrant (e.g., H, L, O, TN, E) and immigrant petition matters.

Serving a range of industries, including health care, retail, marketing and advertising, IT, and engineering, Rebecca has a particular focus within her practice of assisting employers with transfers of Canadian citizen employees at the port of entry and Consulates as well as petitions on behalf of foreign physicians pursuing extraordinary ability petitions.

Rebecca’s journey in immigration law began in 2001 as a paralegal at a nationally recognized firm in San Francisco, California. Since then, Rebecca has accumulated in-depth substantive and practical immigration law knowledge through progressive roles, such as a law clerk, certified student attorney during law school, an associate attorney post-graduation, and now senior counsel.  Rebecca is known for her meticulous attention to detail, exceptional writing skills, and unwavering dedication to helping employers and individuals navigate the complexities of the immigration system to achieve their goals.

Rebecca is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and its AILA Minnesota/Dakotas local chapter. Fluent in Spanish, she has also pursued international studies in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

Key Practice Experience

  • Nonimmigrant visa petitions                                       (H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, O-1, TN, E-2, E-3, B-1)
  • PERM labor certification applications
  • Immigrant visa petitions
    • EB-1 extraordinary ability
    • EB-1 outstanding professor and researcher
    • EB-1 multinational manager or executive
    • National Interest Waiver applications
  • Adjustment of status application

Key Industry Experience

  • Health Care
  • Retail
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • IT
  • Engineering

Publications and Presentations

  • Panelist, Oh Canada! Considerations for Processing at U.S.-Canada POEs and Consulates, AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, May 2023
  • Co-presenter, Complex Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes, AILA Minnesota Dakotas, March 2023
  • Panelist, Immigrants of Extraordinary Ability, 2021 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
  • Panelist, The ABCs of Employment-Based NIV Options, 2019 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
  • Moderator, “Best Practice and Current Litigation Trends in H-2A/H-2B Visas,” 2016 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
  • Co-Author, “Do All Violations of Restraining or Protection Orders in Minnesota Have Immigration Consequences?”, WLG Newsletter, February 2016 (co-author Erica Davis, Esq.)
  • La Accion Deferida Para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA): un Año Despues y el Futuro, La Matraca Magazine, Edition 196, Week 51/2013, December 20, 2013
  • Case Note: Orozco v. Mukasey When an Entry May Not be an “Admission” and the Fundamental Problems with the Ninth Circuit’s Analysis, 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 68 (2008) (co-author Ilyce Shugall, Esq.)

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
    • Member, AILA local Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter
      • Member, AILA CLE Education Committee, 2023
    •  Member, AILA Canada Chapter
  • AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
    • Advisory Committee, 2023
    • Co-track Manager (Employment-based track), 2023
    • Co-track Manager (Employment-based track), 2017
    • Co-track Manager (Employment-based track), 2016

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