FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 3, 2023
- We are monitoring the seating of the 118th Congress, including the leadership and committee assignments, and will have a fuller
Laura Foote Reiff has more than 32 years of experience representing businesses and organizations in the business immigration and compliance field. She is also a business immigration advocate and has long chaired prominent business immigration coalitions. Laura is Co-Founder of GT’s Business and Immigration and Compliance Group which she co-led since 1999. She currently chairs the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. Immigration and Compliance Practice. Laura is also Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office of GT, a position she has held since 2010. As a global leader in the business immigration community, Laura has served on the Boards of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Forum and is currently the Chair of the America is Better Board.
Laura advises corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly related to Form I-9 eligibility employment verification matters. Laura has been involved in audits and internal investigations and has successfully minimized monetary exposure as well as civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of her clients. She develops immigration compliance strategies and programs for both small and large companies. Laura performs I-9, H-1B and H-2B compliance inspections during routine internal reviews, while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale) or while defending a company against a government investigation.
Laura represents many businesses in creating, managing and using "Regional Centers" that can create indirect jobs toward the 10 new U.S. jobs whose creation can give rise to EB-5 permanent residence for investment. She coordinates this work with attorneys practicing in securities law compliance, with economists identifying "targeted employment areas" and projecting indirect job creation, and with licensed securities brokers coordinating offerings. She also represents individual investors in obtaining conditional permanent residence and in removing conditions from permanent residence.
Laura's practice also consists of managing business immigration matters and providing immigration counsel to address the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/ traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees, and students. She is an immigration policy advocacy expert and works on immigration reform policies.
Business immigration visa quotas have long presented a major hurdle for employers and employees. There is no logic to the quota systems that Congress has in place, and quotas are…Continue Reading Congress Needs to Fix Immigration Visa Quotas to Boost Economy
DHS has announced additional guidance and protocols related to protecting workers involved in worksite investigations.
Continue Reading DHS Announces Additional Guidance to Worksite Enforcement Initiatives Announced in 2021 – New Authority to Grant Employment Authorization and Deferred Status to Certain Vulnerable Employees
The Biden administration has announced the expansion of its Venezuela Parole program to three additional countries – Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua. On Jan. 5, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security announced…Continue Reading Venezuela Program Expanded to Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua – 30,000 Per Month for All Countries
The Department of Homeland Security announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal. Current beneficiaries will be eligible to re-register…Continue Reading Temporary Protected Status Extended for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal
Update: The Judge approved the settlement Thursday, Sept. 1.
The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act (RIA) was passed on March 11, 2022. USCIS then posted an interpretation of the legislation…
Continue Reading EB-5 Case Challenging USCIS Interpretation De-Authorizing Regional Centers After Passage of EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 Is Settled