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On Sept. 14, 2020, the Ninth Circuit issued a long-anticipated decision, overturning a federal district court nationwide injunction halting Temporary Protecting Status (TPS) designations for individuals from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador. See Crista Ramos, et al. v. Wolf, et al. The decision opens the door to removal of TPS holders from those countries, but at a staggered pace. Haitians are still the beneficiaries of a separate court-imposed preliminary injunction issued by a federal court in New York. That decision is on appeal to the Second Circuit. Salvadorans have until September 2022 because of an October 2019 agreement between the United States and the government of El Salvador. The beneficiaries from other countries have approximately 180 days to depart the United States.

Many immigration advocates and business groups support relief for these TPS beneficiaries. The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, a business group that represents industry across the spectrum, from food processing to construction to health care, has called on Congress to provide a permanent solution for those holding TPS and DACA.

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Laura Foote Reiff Co-Chairs the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration

Laura Foote Reiff Co-Chairs the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related employment compliance and legislative issues.

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.

Admitted in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Not admitted in Virginia. Practice limited to federal immigration practice.