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GT Immigration attorney Kate Kalmykov will serve as a co-panelist at the 2014 AILA Midyear/Winter CLE Conference: Strategies in Advising and Processing Entrepreneur & Investor Visas on January 24, 2014. The “EB-5 Essentials Panel” includes Bernard Wolfsdorf, AILA Past President, and Nicolai Hinrichsen, Partner in the Immigration Department of Miller Mayer, and will examine both stand-alone and regional center-based EB-5 applications, as well as hybrid stand-alone/regional center applications and explore which is most suitable for investors and how to meet the requirements for each option. Topics of discussion include:

  • Regional Centers and How They Operate
  • Choosing a Regional Center—Due Diligence
  • Job Creation Issues and the Importance of Business Plans
  • Successful Capital Raises
  • Conditions Removed if Investment Sustained and Jobs Created
  • Hot Issues, Including Source of Funds, Borrowed Funds, Jointly Owned Collateral as Security and Path of Funds

For more information about the conference and to view of a full agenda, please click here.

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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.