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The Business Immigration & Compliance Practice of Greenberg Traurig will host a 30 minute webinar entitled “Government Shutdown: How it Affects Foreign Nationals” this Thursday, October 17th from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EDT, presented by Laura Reiff and Ian Macdonald.

Three weeks into the shutdown of the US federal government, the webinar will explore the on-going problems and issues caused by the extended shutdown of the federal government. These issues are not limited by the borders of the United States. The shutdown has a significant impact on global business and immigration agencies, leaving many employers and foreign nationals concerned about how to carry on “business as usual.” Both company representatives and foreign national employees are invited to attend this 30 minute speed-webinar. We will identify and address areas of the shutdown that impact immigration and global business, including:

  • Hiring or Extending Status for H-1B Employees
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Green Card Sponsorship
  • Government Contractors and Furloughs
  • I-9 Employment Verification Process/E-Verify
  • Visa Issuance Challenges
  • Driver License Challenges
  • Alternative Visa Options

To register for the webinar, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact August Trammell at trammella@gtlaw.com.

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Photo of Laura Foote Reiff‡ Laura Foote Reiff‡

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.