Kate Kalmykov

Kate Kalmykov represents clients in a wide-range of employment based immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters including students, trainees, professionals, managers and executives, artists and entertainers, treaty investors and traders, persons of extraordinary ability and immigrant investors. She also has extensive experience working on EB-5 immigrant investor matters, working with developers across a variety of industries and with private equity funds on developing new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments.

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Greenberg Traurig Presents at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Philadelphia Chapter

Greenberg Traurig attorney, Matthew Galati, recently presented at the AILA Philadelphia Chapter’s 2015 CLE Conference.  Galati provided an overview of pending legislation, discussing AILA’s platform, and outlining the benefits to employers students and investors of the recently introduced  American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015 and the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015. Galati also addressed … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Group Members Present at Manhattan School of Music

Matthew T. Galati and Ayanna Y. London, members of Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Group, recently spoke at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City on Jan. 29, 2015, regarding visa options for professionals and entrepreneurs in the arts. Galati, an associate with the firm, led the presentation that covered immigration basics, … Continue Reading

National Visa Center Announces Fee Changes

Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will increase the Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fees for family-based immigrant visa petition types, and decrease the Immigrant Visa Application Processing fees for all other immigrant visa petition types. Therefore, applicants who received a fee invoice prior to September 12, 2014, will be eligible to pay the … Continue Reading

Ali Brodie Presents at Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA) Annual Conference and Trade Show

This week, attorney Ali Brodie spoke at the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA) Annual Conference and Trade Show on “Immigration Update, Intro to EB-5 & Tips on Keeping ICE off your Tailgate”. The conference focused on the economy of Colorado and boasted more than 500 in attendance with speakers and representatives from a wide … Continue Reading

Nataliya Binshteyn Authors Article on New Rule to Implement JOBS Act

Yesterday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a new rule to implement a Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act requirement that would eliminate the ban on general solicitation and general advertising for certain types of private securities offerings. GT Immigration attorney Nataliya Binshteyn published an article on EB5Investors.com outlining its significant impact on … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Hosts Immigration Reform Seminar in Boston

The Immigration and Education Practices of Greenberg Traurig will host a seminar on comprehensive immigration reform on Thursday, June 27th from from 9:30am to 12:00pm at Babson College, Olin Hall, Olin 101. The seminar will feature Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Immigration Practice, Laura Reiff and Philadelphia Associate Nataliya Rymer. To register for the event, please RSVP to Kaitlyn O’Connell at Kaitlyn.OConnell@aicum.org.… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Immigration Attorneys Ranked in 2013 Chambers USA Guide

The 2013 Chambers USA Guide includes 186 Greenberg Traurig attorneys in 33 practice areas, including the Immigration Practice and Corporate & Securities Practice that received “Band 1” placement in statewide and/or nationwide rankings. Attorney Kate Kalmykov was also recognized as “Up and Coming” in Immigration law, and Martha Schoonover and Laura Reiff received “Band 2” ranking for Immigration law. Additionally, Greenberg Traurig … Continue Reading

USCIS Ombudsman’s Office Meeting Highlights EB-5 Program Challenges

with Nataliya Binshteyn On March 5, 2013, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (“USCIS Ombudsman’s Office”) held a meeting for stakeholders of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (“EB-5 program”) to address issues ranging from persistent adjudication delays to the conflict between agency standards and business realities. The gathering, which featured speakers from … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Continues to Expand Business Immigration and Compliance Practice in Philadelphia

We are excited to continue to grow our Business Immigration and Compliance Practice in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Attorneys Jennifer Hermansky and Nataliya Rymer joined the firm earlier this year, and we have now added senior paralegal Casey O’Brien to the team. Hermansky focuses her practice on both employment-based and EB-5 immigration. She has dedicated the majority of her immigration practice to EB-5, … Continue Reading

The Hidden Meaning Behind the Words: ‘Have You Ever Been Denied a U.S. Visa or Entry into the U.S., or Had a U.S. Visa Canceled?’

When traveling to the United States, foreign nationals submit biographic information to determine if they are eligible to travel to the United States. The biographic information along with other information is submitted through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. As individuals answers questions online, they will need to respond to the following question: "Have you ever been denied a U.S. visa or entry into the U.S. or had a U.S. visa canceled?"… Continue Reading

USCIS Announces Continuing Validity of Current Form I-9 Version for Employment Eligibility Verification

On August 13, USCIS announced that employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available in the forms section of www.uscis.gov until further notice. The current version of the form should continue to be used even after the OMB control number expiration date of August 31, 2012, has passed. USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available.… Continue Reading

Possible Immigration Related Telephone Scam

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has received reports of a new telephone scam potentially victimizing aliens. Anyone who receives such a call should notify law enforcement authorities, which may include the FBI, as well as the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, whose Consumer Sentinel database is accessed by criminal and civil law enforcement authorities worldwide.… Continue Reading

I-9s and EB-5s: What’s the Connection?

Why are I-9s relevant in the context of the EB-5 immigrant investor visa? For individual EB-5 applicants who must create 10 U.S. jobs per employee, USCIS often requests the I-9s of the new commercial enterprise to determine whether or not the investor has satisfied the 10 job per investor requirement of the EB-5 program. In the regional center context, certain centers may rely on direct employment by the project company. This is common in certain industries such as manufacturing, hospitality, assisted living or restaurants where the project company may hire a number of direct employees for operations.… Continue Reading